Department

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Stanislaw Legowsk

Second Advisor

Dr. Steven Barre

Description

All throughout the world there are thousands of disabled people that require a wheelchair to effectively move around. The type of disability that affects those in a wheelchair can range from severe back problems and missing limbs, to nearly full body paralysis. Those with disabilities that limit movement other than just in the lower body, such as those with paralysis everywhere below the neck, may have difficulty ope rating an automatic wheelchair with a joystick. Our senior design project aims to help give the user of a wheelchair the ability to move from place to place with the least possible physical effort to control the wheelchair. With the use of ultrasonic se nsors around the wheelchair, the system is able to sense the objects around it and safely navigate to its destination. Rotary encoders on the wheels will allow the system to known how far the wheelchair is traveling and relay that information to the softw are on a microcontroller that contains a custom map of a preprogrammed environment. With these components, among a few others, the system will be able to autonomously control the movements of the wheelchair. This project will directly contribute to the qua lity of life for people with disabilities, with special emphasis on independent living.

Comments

Oral & Poster Presentations, The National Science Foundation

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SELF - NAVIGATING WHEELCHAIR

All throughout the world there are thousands of disabled people that require a wheelchair to effectively move around. The type of disability that affects those in a wheelchair can range from severe back problems and missing limbs, to nearly full body paralysis. Those with disabilities that limit movement other than just in the lower body, such as those with paralysis everywhere below the neck, may have difficulty ope rating an automatic wheelchair with a joystick. Our senior design project aims to help give the user of a wheelchair the ability to move from place to place with the least possible physical effort to control the wheelchair. With the use of ultrasonic se nsors around the wheelchair, the system is able to sense the objects around it and safely navigate to its destination. Rotary encoders on the wheels will allow the system to known how far the wheelchair is traveling and relay that information to the softw are on a microcontroller that contains a custom map of a preprogrammed environment. With these components, among a few others, the system will be able to autonomously control the movements of the wheelchair. This project will directly contribute to the qua lity of life for people with disabilities, with special emphasis on independent living.