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Volume 19 Issue 11 - Publications Date: 1 November 2000
 
Context-Aware Shared Control of a Robot Mobility Aid for the Elderly Blind
 
G. Lacey and S. MacNamara
 
This paper describes the use of a Bayesian network to provide context-aware shared control of a robot mobility aid for the frail blind. The robot mobility aid, PAM-AID (www.cs.tcd.ie/PAMAID), is a "smart walker" that aims to assist the frail and elderly blind to walk safely indoors. The Bayesian network combines user input with high-level information derived from the sensors to provide a context-aware estimate of the user's current navigation goals. This context-aware action selection mechanism facilitates the use of a very simple, low bandwidth user interface, which is critical for the elderly user group. The PAM-AID systems have been evaluated through a series of field trails involving over 30 potential users
 
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