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Welcome

Context

As mentioned in the “Integrated National Disability Strategy” white paper of the Office of the President of South Africa in November 1997, people with disabilities throughout the world have been organising themselves to engage with mainstream society regarding their fundamental rights. As stated in this white paper, the United Nations issued two documents focusing on the concerns of people with disabilities, which included the United Nations Standard Rules for the Equalisation of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities and the World Program of Action Concerning Disabled Persons. These two documents both call for extensive changes in the environment to accommodate the diverse needs of persons with disabilities in society. The main emphasis is placed on defining strategies related to the development of a fundamental shift in how people with disabilities are viewed, that is a shift from the individual medical perspective to that in which the human rights and development of with disabilities are addressed

Our Objective

The SARCHi chair in the Enabled Environment for Assisted Living will therefore focus on the development of mechatronic and networked technologies to assist persons with disabilities and the elderly. By implication there will also be a focus on nonlinear modelling and control of mechatronic systems with the human in the loop while considering different sources of uncertainties that exist in such systems.

Main research themes

The main research themes targeted by the chair in the Enabled Environment for Assisted Living will include the following:

  1. Modelling and control of non-linear networked systems with uncertainties.

  2. Modelling and design of Mobile and Wearable Robotics to enable the mobility and the autonomy of persons with disabilities and the elderly.

  3. Development of Pattern recognition and behavioural analysis for human intention detection to predict the human interaction in the control loop; to handle different levels of uncertainties in the system, a higher order fuzzy logic strategy will be developed.