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The Chair

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. The main research themes that will be 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.

The proposed chair will open new partnerships with national and international partners as well as industry. The wheelchair and robotic industries will be engaged, followed by institutions that are involved in the development of assistive technologies and systems and the development of training simulators. In the research domain, this chair has the potential to further increase the number of Master and Doctorate graduates and contributes to the number of research outputs of F’SATI/TUT in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechatronics, and Information and Communication Technology domains.