Assistive Technologies and Patient Supervision Systems
- Department of Cybernetics
The course offers a concise review of current ICT based approaches to development of assistive technologies and monitoring systems for persons with specific requirements and constraints (e.g. limited mobility, impairment of perception or cognition). Special attention is devoted to technical aspects related to construction of the corresponding tools and to the future trends in this domain incorporating results obtained in various modern disciplines (e.g. robotics, artificial intelligence) as well as necessary knowledge of medical background relevant for the most frequent impairments. Student will gain personal experience in using some selected assistive tools during the laboratories complementing the course.
- Syllabus of lectures:
1. Assistive technologies, compensatory tools and human enhancements, monitoring or surveillance systems - definitions, principles and corresponding ethical problems. 2. Man-machine interfaces and communication means, alternative solutions for computer control. Physically challenged persons - various types of motor constraints and approaches to their compensation. Eurokey. Problems of mobility and environment control (smart home).
3. Communication with computer through gaze interaction. Alternative communication and text entry.
4. Visual impairment - optical and optoelectronic tools. Special SW support, satellite navigation, internet services.5. Hearing impairments, communication with a deaf person, tools using vibration or light signalling, various types of amplifiers. Speech to text conversion, on-line interpretation, subtitles.
6. Barrier-free web and other SW products - rule for creation of accessible SW.
7. Impairments of cognition, communication, learning or memory - augmentative and alternative communication. Special educational programs and e-learning applications, some ways for their future improvements.
8. Monitoring systems for patients from high risk groups (e.g. epilepsy, severe diabetes or mental problems), acquisition and processing of relevant data and information.9. Monitoring systems and specialized services for seniors. Simplified remote controllers and additional special tools. Technology as a companion.
10. Problems of safety and data protection in monitoring systems and sensor network.
11. Hearing impairments - cochlear implant: principles and application.
12. Brain - computer interface and a brain-gate system: principles and limitations.
13. Technology as a subsidiary for some health problems (e.g. incontinence).
- Syllabus of tutorials:
1. Entry information and expected content of the individual assignments. Assistive tools for mobility impairments. I4Control and how is it used.
2. Support for text entry for users with mobility impairments. Experiments with alternative control of a wheelchair and their evaluation.
3. Tools used by users with visual impairment and basic requirements for barrier-free web.
5. Specification of the individual assignments.
6.- 7. Experiments with selected assistive technologies and tools.
8.- 9. Technical assistance for people with learning difficulties.
10.-11. Experiments with some monitoring systems.
12.-13. Submission of completed assignments.
- Study Objective:
- Study materials:
 Cook, A.M., Polgar, J.M. (2007). Cook and Hussey's Assistive Technologies: Principles and Practice. 3rd Edition. Mosby.
 Murray, D., Aspinall, A. (2006) Getting It: Using Information Technology to Empower People with Communication Difficulties, Kingsley, Jessica Publishers.
 Mann, W.C. (2005) Smart Technology for Aging, Disability and Independence: The State of the Science,
John Wiley & Sons.
- Further information:
- No time-table has been prepared for this course
- The course is a part of the following study plans:
- Biomedicínské inženýrství a informatika - Biomedicínská informatika (compulsory course of the specialization, elective course)
- Biomedicínské inženýrství a informatika - Biomedicínské inženýrství (elective course)