Faculty Advisor

Padir, Taskin

Abstract

The purpose of the project is to assist users with different levels of disabilities to control a semi-autonomous wheelchair. A semi-autonomous wheelchair developed by RIVeR Lab is able to perform assistive control to avoid obstacles and cliffs and to follow walls. With a joystick control adapter, the basic joystick of the wheelchair can take commands directly from computers. In addition to joystick mechanical adapter control, human-machine interaction and control methods such as voice and electromyography (EMG) are deployed, with the aim of enabling people with different levels and types of disabilities to control the wheelchair. These non-physical motion based user control interfaces allow people with limited mobility to control the wheelchair with a desired accuracy.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2014

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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