Assistive Technology for Mobility (ATM)

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As part of the Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering (CIDE) infrastructure, we share CIDE's overarching mission to accelerate applied transdisciplinary technology research and innovation for persons with disabilities and the elderly in collaboration with a wide spectrum of global enterprise, government, researchers, developers and social stakeholders. The Assistive Technology for Mobility (ATM) Lab contributes to this mission by developing tools and methods that empower clinicians, manufacturers, and individuals with disabilities to make scientifically-motivated and contextually-sound decisions during the prescription, design, and selection of assistive technology for mobility.

Collaborations and Tools

The Assistive Technology for Mobility (ATM) Lab utilizes the diverse resources offered by the Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering (CIDE), particularly prototyping equipment, clinician and patient access, and expansive lab spaces for testing assistive technology for mobility. Specifically, we leverage sensing and data acquisition technology to develop clinical measurement tools, as well as design empirical methods and testbeds to quantify assistive technology performance. The ATM Lab collaborates frequently with other CIDE labs, and has local collaborations within the Department of Bioengineering. For example, we interface with CIDE's Inclusive Design Lab to evaluate the practicality and utility of our developed tools and methods in clinical environments via usability testing and other human factor methods, increasing their opportunity for real-world adoption.

Work We Do

Our current projects operate with the shared goal of characterizing and optimizing wheelchair technology for individuals with disabilities. These include the development and implementation of a sensor platform for tracking manual wheelchair mobility patterns, as well as a clinical measurement tool for quantifying wheelchair seating and positioning parameters.



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