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Innovative Assistive Technology for Severely Disabled People

Funding: 2004: $276,317

Funding or Partner Organisation: University of Sydney (The University of Sydney)
Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Infrastructure)
Neopraxis Pty Ltd

Start year: 2004

Summary: Severe disability costs Australia $1 billion a year and affects about 50,000 people. These people have few options to enhance their independence. The purpose of this grant is to purchase six equipment systems to support high quality research in this field. The new facility builds upon substantial national and international research strengths and collaborations to develop a world lead in assistive technology. This will yield a new generation of innovative medical devices that give the disabled people more independence, mobility and control over their lives, and form the basis of a niche export industry.

Publications:

Nguyen, HT, Nguyen Thanh, S, Taylor, PW & Middleton, J 2007, 'Head Direction Command Classification using an Adaptive Optimal Bayesian Neural Network', International Journal of Factory Automation, Robotics and Soft Computing, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 98-103.

Craig, A & Tran, Y 2005, 'The epidemiology of stuttering: The need for reliable estimates of prevalence and anxiety levels over the lifespan', Advances in Speech Language Pathology, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 41-46.
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Lal, SKL & Craig, A 2005, 'Reproducibility of the spectral components of the electroencephalogram during driver fatigue', International Journal of Psychophysiology, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 137-143.
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Simcox, S, Parker, S, Davis, GM, Smith, RW & Middleton, JW 2005, 'Performance of orientation sensors for use with a functional electrical stimulation mobility system', Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 1185-1190.
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Craig, DA & Nguyen, HT 1970, 'Wireless Real-Time Head Movement System Using a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) for Control of a Power Wheelchair', 2005 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology 27th Annual Conference, 2005 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology 27th Annual Conference, IEEE, Shanghai, China, pp. 6235-6238.
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King, LM, Nguyen, HT, Taylor, PB & IEEE 1970, 'Hands-free head-movement gesture recognition using artificial Neural Networks and the Magnified Gradient Function', 2005 27th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Vols 1-7, Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, IEEE, Shanghai, China, pp. 2063-2066.
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Craig, AR 2004, 'Treating Stuttering in Older Children, Adolescents and Adults' in Georgieva, D (ed), Fluency Disorders: New Research Perspectives, Grafis, Sofia, Bulgaria, pp. 208-245.

Craig, AR, Tran, YH & Craig, ML 2004, 'Model Literature Review 1' in Pan, ML (ed), Preparing Literature Reviews. Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, Pyrczak Publishing, California, USA, pp. 173-176.

Boord, P, Barriskill, A, Craig, A & Nguyen, H 2004, 'Brain–Computer Interface—FES Integration: Towards a Hands-free Neuroprosthesis Command System', Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 267-276.
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Fornusek, C, Davis, GM, Sinclair, PJ & Milthorpe, B 2004, 'Development of an isokinetic functional electrical stimulation cycle ergometer', NEUROMODULATION, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 56-64.
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Fornusek, CX & Davis, G 2004, 'Maximizing muscle force via low-cadence functional electrical stimulation cycling', Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, vol. 36, no. 5, pp. 232-237.
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Middleton, JW & Keast, JR 2004, 'Artificial autonomic reflexes: using functional electrical stimulation to mimic bladder reflexes after injury or disease', Autonomic Neuroscience, vol. 113, no. 1-2, pp. 3-15.
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Middleton, JW, Lim, K, Taylor, L, Soden, R & Rutkowski, S 2004, 'Patterns of morbidity and rehospitalisation following spinal cord injury', Spinal Cord, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 359-367.
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Simcox, S, Davis, GM, Barriskill, AB & Middleton, JW 2004, 'A portable, 8-channel transcutaneous stimulator for paraplegic muscle training and mobility-A technical note.', Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, vol. 41, no. 1, p. na.

Sinclair, PJ, Fornusek, C, Davis, GM & Smith, RM 2004, 'The Effect of Fatigue on the Timing of Electrical Stimulation-Evoked Muscle Contractions in People with Spinal Cord Injury', Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 214-222.
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Sinclair, PJ, Smith, RM & Davis, GM 2004, 'The effect of joint angle on the timing of muscle contractions elicited by neuromuscular electrical stimulation', IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 303-306.
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Tran, Y, Boord, P, Middleton, J & Craig, A 2004, 'Levels of brain wave activity (8–13 Hz) in persons with spinal cord injury', Spinal Cord, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 73-79.
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TRAN, Y, CRAIG, A, BARTROP, R & NICHOLSON, G 2004, 'TIME COURSE AND REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION OF CORTICAL CHANGES DURING ACUTE ALCOHOL INGESTION', International Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 114, no. 7, pp. 863-878.
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Tran, Y, Craig, A, Boord, P & Craig, D 2004, 'Using independent component analysis to remove artifact from electroencephalographic measured during stuttered speech', Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, vol. 42, no. 5, pp. 627-633.
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Mitchell, RA, Nguyen, HT, Thornton, BS, Hung, WT, Lee, W, Rickard, M & ieee 1970, 'Mammogram object detection using dendronic image analysis', PROCEEDINGS OF THE 26TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE IEEE ENGINEERING IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY SOCIETY, VOLS 1-7, Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, San Francisco, USA, pp. 1763-1765.
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Nguyen, HT, King, LM, Knight, G & ieee 1970, 'Real-time head movement system and embedded linux implementation for the control of power wheelchairs', PROCEEDINGS OF THE 26TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE IEEE ENGINEERING IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY SOCIETY, VOLS 1-7, Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, San Francisco, USA, pp. 4892-4895.
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Nguyen, S, Nguyen, H & Taylor, P 1970, 'Hands-free control of power wheelchairs using Bayesian neural network classification', IEEE Conference on Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems, 2004., IEEE Conference on Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems, 2004., IEEE, Singapore, pp. 745-749.
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Nguyen, TVM, Nguyen, HT, Ha, QP & IEEE 1970, 'Sliding mode neural controller for nonlinear systems with higher-order and uncertainties', 2004 IEEE CONFERENCE ON ROBOTICS, AUTOMATION AND MECHATRONICS, VOLS 1 AND 2, IEEE Conference on Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics, IEEE, Singapore, pp. 1026-1031.

Skinner, B, Nguyen, HT & Liu, D 1970, 'Performance Study of a Multi-Deme Parallel Genetic Algorithm with Adaptive Mutation', Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Autonomous Robots and Agents (ICARA'04), International Conference on Autonomous Robots and Agents, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, pp. 88-94.

Craig, A 2004, 'Stuttering Therapy: Rationale and Procedures', Elsevier BV, pp. 79-81.
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Keywords: Assistive Technology, Rehabilitation Engineering, EEG Based Control, Hands Free Wheelchair Control, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Biomedical Devices,

FOR Codes: Injury Control, Industrial Instruments, Rehabilitation Engineering, Rehabilitation engineering , Injury prevention and control