Our Assistive Technology research is centred around the SmartAbility Framework, which was developed during a PhD conducted by Dr Paul Whittington to (supervised by Dr Huseyin Dogan and Professor Keith Phalp). The Framework recommend Assistive Technologies based on actions that people with reduced physical ability (also known as disabilities) can perform independently. Dr Whittington completed his PhD Thesis in August 2017 entitled “The Development of a SmartAbility Framework to Enhance Multimodal Interaction for People with Reduced Physical Ability”.

The Framework encompasses the knowledge obtained from conducted requirement elicitation phases, technology feasibility trials and controlled usability evaluations with the SmartATRS system. 

The SmartAbility Framework (formerly know as SmartDisability) and associated research is described in the following YouTube video:

During the research, feasibility trials and usability evaluations with technologies.

SmartAbility evolved through a three-stage validation process involving the user community at the Mobility Roadshow and local organisations and charities including Victoria Education Centre and Talbot Manor, as well as manufacturers of powered wheelchairs.

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Bournemouth University Stand at 2016 Mobility Roadshow
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A holistic model was developed, based on the House of Quality matrix of the Quality Function Deployment tool. The standard matrix was adapted to suit the SmartAbility Framework. The extract below shows the mappings between the Physical Conditions, Abilities, Interaction Mediums and Technologies elements.

A SmartAbility Android Application is being developed, that automatically detects user abilities through built-in sensor technologies. 

Publications

PhD Thesis  (2017):

Whittington, P. W., 2017. The Development of a SmartAbility Framework to Enhance Multimodal Interaction for People with Reduced Physical Ability [online]. Thesis (PhD). Bournemouth University. Available from: http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/29895/1/WHITTINGTON%2C%20Paul%20William_Ph.D._2017.pdf  [Accessed 20 October 2017].

Television and Radio

BBC 1 South Today (2018): 

Evening News, 3 minutes report about the Assistive Technology research at Bournemouth University.

BBC Radio Solent (2018):

Drivetime Programme, 5 minutes interview about the Assistive Technology research at Bournemouth University.

Magazines

The Sunday Times (2018):

“A Key Driver For Change”. Article about driverless cars featuring the SmartATRS System.

Auto Express (2017):

Cox, M., 2017. Disability cars and driving aids: the new tech helping disabled people get behind the wheel [online]. London: Dennis Publishing Ltd. Available from: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/101188/disability-cars-and-driving-aids-the-new-tech-helping-disabled-people-get-behind-the [Accessed 20 October 2017].

The Ergonomist (2015):

Whittington, P. and Dogan, H., 2015d. Improving life for people with disabilities. The Ergonomist, 542, 12-13. Available from: http://www.ergonomics.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/542-August.pdf [Accessed 20 October 2017].

Newspapers

The Bournemouth Echo (2018):

Bournemouth Echo, 2018. New technology to help people with disabilities. Bournemouth Echo. Available from: https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/16196363.heres-how-bournemouth-university-is-helping-people-to-find-their-independence-through-assistive-technology/

Journals

IEEE Transactions on Human Machine Systems (2016)

Whittington, P. and Dogan, H., 2016d. SmartPowerchair: Characterisation and Usability of a Pervasive System of Systems. IEEE Transactions on Human Machine Systems, 47 (4), 500-510. Available from: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7707466/ [Accessed 20 October 2017].

Conferences

International Conference on Pervasive and Embedded Computing and Communication Systems (2015)

Whittington, P., Dogan, H. and Phalp, K., 2015a. Evaluating the Usability of an Automated Transport and Retrieval System. The 5th International Conference on Pervasive and Embedded Computing and Communication Systems, Angers, France, 11-13 February 2015. 59-66. Science and Technology Press, Lisbon, Portugal. Available from: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7483733/ [Accessed 20 October 2017].

Ergonomics and Human Factors (2015)

Whittington, P., Dogan, H. and Phalp, K., 2015b. SmartPowerchair: to boldly go where a powerchair has not gone before. Ergonomics and Human Factors 2015, Daventry, UK, 13-16 April 2015. 233-240. CRC Press, London, UK. Available from: http://www.crcnetbase.com/doi/abs/10.1201/b18293-46 [Accessed 20 October 2017].

IEEE System of Systems Engineering (2015)

Whittington, P. and Dogan, H., 2015c. SmartPowerchair: A Pervasive System of Systems. The 10th International Conference on System of System Engineering, San Antonio, TX, USA, 18-20 May 2015. IEEE Press, New York, NY, USA.  Available from: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7151932/ [Accessed 20 October 2017].

IEEE System of Systems Engineering (2016)

Whittington, P. and Dogan, H., 2016a. SmartDisability: A smart system of systems approach to disability. The 11th International Conference on System of System Engineering, Kongsberg 12-16 June 2016. New York, NY: IEEE Press. Available from: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7542943/ [Accessed 20 October 2017].

British HCI Conference (2016)

Whittington, P. and Dogan, H., 2016b. Improving user interaction through a SmartDisability Framework. British HCI 2016 Conference, Bournemouth 11-15 July 2016. Available from: http://ewic.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/56884 [Accessed 20 October 2017].

Whittington, P. and Dogan, H., 2016c. A SmartDisability Framework: enhancing user interaction. British HCI 2016 Conference, Bournemouth 11-15 July 2016. Available from: http://ewic.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/56902 [Accessed 20 October 2017].

International Workshop on Evolving Security and Privacy Requirements Engineering (2017)

Ki-Aries, D., Dogan, H., Faily, S., Whittington, P. and Williams, C., 2017. From Requirements to Operation: Components for Risk Assessment in a Pervasive System of Systems. The 4th International Workshop on Evolving Security and Privacy Requirements Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal 4 September 2017. Available from: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8054834/ [Accessed 20 October 2017].

British Human Computer Interaction Conference (2018)

Whittington, P., Dogan, H., Jiang, N. and Phalp, K. 2018. Automatic Detection of User Abilities through the SmartAbility Framework. British HCI 2018 Conference, Belfast, 2-6 July 2018. https://dx.doi.org/10.14236/ewic/HCI2018.43