Research Study Recruitment

Voice-controlled Intelligent Assistive Robotic Manipulation Assistance

You may be eligible to participate if:

  • You are 18 years of age or older;
  • You are individuals with and without upper extremity impairments;
  • You have good speech to perform the given voice control interface;
  • You have normal visual acuity.

The purpose of this research study is to evaluate several user control methods for commercially available assistive robotic manipulators among people who have upper extremity impairments.

This research study will involve the following activities:

  • Survey: Basic information about you will be collected using questionnaire, including age, gender, health conditions, and assistive technology experience.
  • Hands-on training: You will be given the opportunity to learn and practice controlling a robotic manipulator using several control methods to become familiar with its operation.
  • Task performance: You will be asked to operate the assistive robotic manipulator to complete a series of common everyday tasks.
  • Questionnaire and Quick Interview: You will have an opportunity to express your opinions and satisfaction level regarding your preference and the control methods.

This study will involve one visit (no more than 4½ hours) at the University of Pittsburgh (Bakery Square, East Liberty)

If you are an individual with disability, you will be compensated $50 for completing all portions of the study. If you are not an individual with disability, you will be compensated $25 for completing all portions of the study.

Principal Investigator: Hyun Ka, PhD

If you are interested in participating or learning more about the study, please contact Khara James, Clinical Coordinator, at 412-822-3700.

Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Bakery Square, Suite 400
6425 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. 412-822-3700
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