Students from the RV College of Engineering, within the IEEE Bangalore Section of India, will be working on their project “Eye-Gesture Controlled Semi-Automatic Mobility Assist With Electro-Oculography-Based Human-Wheelchair Interface" throughout 2013.
The aim of the “Eye-Gesture Controlled Semi-Automatic Mobility Assist With Electro-Oculography-Based Human-Wheelchair Interface” project is to develop an eye-gesture-based semi-automatic wheelchair that is accessible and affordable to people with paralysis in developing countries. Standard EEG electrodes are used as the primary sensors to convert eye gaze into a proportional voltage signal. This signal is conditioned before being processed by a microcontroller. The microcontroller then communicates the “eye gaze signal” wirelessly to the motor controllers present at the motors of the wheelchair, thus controlling its speed and direction.
The student branch involved is from RV College of Engineering, in the Bangalore section of India. They will collaborate with the nonprofit organization National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS). The mission of NIMHANS is to evolve strategies to offer diagnostic and therapeutic facilities to all corners of India in the field of Mental Health and Neurosciences, utilizing the advances in information technology to participate in neuroscience and behavioral research to integrate physical and metaphysical aspects of neuroscience research, and to be part of world leadership in the field of neuroscience and behavioral science.
National Public School will be the secondary-school collaborator, with about ten selected students involved. The students will learn about and conduct research on human bio-signals, which can be utilized for control of electro-mechanical devices. They will also be part of a team studying other bio-signals that can be used in conjunction with EOG to improve reliability of the system. In addition, the collaboration with NIMHANS will provide the students with plenty of opportunities to interact with experts in the field of neuro-rehabilitation, expose them to cutting-edge facilities on campus and direct interaction with select patients during the prototype trial phase.
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