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Innovative hands-free technology to give the severely disabled greater mobility control

Funding: 2006: $95,000
2007: $75,000
2008: $75,000

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2006

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 develop an innovative hands-free technology using head movement and brain waves to assist the operator to perform general task-specific wheelchair navigation. The shared control will allow the operator to retain apparent control, yet seamlessly ensures the system operates safely. This will yield a new generation of smart human-machine systems that will lead to enhanced self-esteem and social opportunities for the disabled, and reduced dependence on caregivers and family.

Publications:

Chai, R, Naik, GR, Ling, SH & Nguyen, HT 2017, 'Hybrid brain–computer interface for biomedical cyber-physical system application using wireless embedded EEG systems', BioMedical Engineering OnLine, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 1-23.
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Chai, R, Naik, GR, Nguyen, TN, Ling, SH, Tran, Y & Nguyen, HT 1970, 'Selecting optimal EEG channels for mental tasks classification: An approach using ICA', 2016 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC), 2016 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC), IEEE, Vancouver, Canada, pp. 1331-1335.
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Ha, VKL, Nguyen, TN & Nguyen, HT 1970, 'A telepresence wheelchair using cellular network infrastructure in outdoor environments', 2016 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2016 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), IEEE, Orlando, Florida, USA, pp. 5352-5355.
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Nguyen, TN & Nguyen, HT 1970, 'Neural network decoupling technique and its application to a powered wheelchair system', 2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), IEEE, Milano, Italy, pp. 4586-4589.
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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.

Tran, Y, Thuraisingham, RA, Wijesuriya, N, Nguyen, HT & Craig, A 1970, 'Detecting neural changes during stress and fatigue effectively: a comparison of spectral analysis and sample entropy', 2007 3rd International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, 2007 3rd International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, IEEE, Kohala Coast, Hawaii, USA, pp. 350-353.
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Keywords: Biomedical Engineering, Rehabilitation Engineering, Hands Free Technology, Pattern Recognition,

FOR Codes: Medical instrumentation, Rehabilitation Engineering, Pattern Recognition, Care for Disabled, Medical Instruments, Pattern Recognition and Data Mining, Rehabilitation engineering , People with disability