WS30 - Smart Wheelchairs: How Close Are We?

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Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Potomac Room I, Ballroom Level
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Powered wheelchairs can improve independence, mobility, and quality of life for those who are unable to walk or self-propel manual wheelchairs. However, safe operation of powered wheelchairs can be challenging. 'Smart' wheelchairs have been developed that can detect obstacles and provide navigation assistance. This workshop will provide a summary of research to date on smart wheelchairs. Learning outcomes include describing: 1) a smart wheelchair (components and functions), 2) ways in which a smart wheelchair can help increase safety and/or independence, 3) limitations with existing user studies, 4) gaps in wheelchair assessment/training, 5) design and ethical considerations for smart wheelchairs.


Pooja Viswanathan PhD

Rosalie Wang PhD