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Institute for Paper Science and Technology (IPST) Building

FEMA Integrated Public Alert and Warning System

Early Bird is a mobile application that displays a unique hashtag (#) to provide additional information to users during times of emergency.  It is a proof-of-concept idea that shows how a unique hashtag identifier, created at the time of message dissemination by an alert authority, can be linked to a variety of social media sources to provide important lifesaving information in greater detail than is possible with the 90 character limitation of WEA.

Wireless RERC Development project

Bluetooth enabled external alerting device connects to mobile phones via Bluetooth and alerts the user with a sequenced light display and a siren only when a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) is received on an associated phone. It also allows up to 3 accessible attachments to be connected to the device, such as a pillow shaker, bed shaker or strobe light. The device is unique because it is only enabled when a WEA message from a FEMA approved alert authority is sent for the geotargeted area.

Food For Thought: Developing a Cognitive Training Game for Older Adults

Over the past 2 years, we have performed experiments to understand what activities within a video game context result in cognitive gains (and which do not).

HealthSmart: A Mobile Personal Health Record for Behavioral Health Homes

Poor quality of medical care is a major contributor to excess medical morbidity and premature mortality in persons with serious mental illnesses (SMI). To address this problem, community mental health providers are increasingly partnering with safety net medical providers to develop behavioral health homes, integrated clinics in which persons with SMI receive coordinated medical and mental health care. However, behavioral health homes have faced logistical and privacy challenges in integrating electronic medical records across organizations.

eCoach: Avatar-Guided Decision Aid for Prostate Cancer

This study employs gaming technologies and techniques to create an intelligent encapsulated conversational agent (ECA) to act as a virtual coach who will lower the cognitive effort required by prostate cancer patients to understand key aspects of decision-making, provide more appropriate reference points from which patients more accurately interpret personal risk, and frame information to optimize the patient’s chances of applying his own preferences and values to the decision at hand.

Universal Design for Travel

The Wireless RERC Building Research Capacity Project is tasked with training the next generation designer to consider universal design in their work. The sophomore Industrial Design Studio course was chosen to provide design students with an advanced design understanding. In this course, the students had the opportunity to work with people with mobility impairments to understand their needs and consider these needs alongside other people's needs, thus providing a more universally usable solution. Of 14 teams, 6 were chosen to highlight their work at the HEAL showcase.

Zyrobotics - A Therapy System for Children with Motor Disabilities

Zyrobotics is developing interactive and adaptive therapies to facilitate the delivery of effective in-home therapy opportunities for children with disabilities.

Wireless RERC App Factory

The overall purpose of the Wireless RERC AppFactory is to advance universal design in the wireless community. The objectives of this project are development, deployment, and adoption of software applications (“apps”) to enhance the utility and usability of wireless products and services for wireless customers with and without disabilities.

App Factory will focus on assisting the development of apps designed specifically to address barriers to wireless access and use by people with cognitive, physical, sensory, and/or speech disabilities.  Wherever practical, these apps incorporate features useful to all customers, with or without disabilities.

multimodal Tongue Drive System

The Tongue Drive System (TDS), developed at the GT-Bionics lab, has been shown to be a promising AT device that enables people with quadriplegia to use their tongue as the input method to control their environment. We are in the process of developing a system called multimodal Tongue Drive System (mTDS) which uses 3 modalities to traditional TDS. The mTDS will have the ability to assign discrete tongue commands, proportional movements to control mouse pointer, as well as the speech recognition for typing.

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