UK-France collaboration to tackle mobility issues

Collaboration to tackle mobility issues

Sixteen organisations from France and the UK are coming together to launch a European project that will help tackle mobility problems faced by elderly and disabled people. It will be led by ESIGELEC-IRSEEM, a French engineering school and its research laboratory.

The project focuses on four work packages:

  • the conception and fabrication of a new smart and connected Electronic Powered Wheelchair (EPW), which will help disabled people through assistance technologies for driving
  • the development of a driving simulator in virtual reality for an immersive experience of the smart EPW
  • the development of a training course for healthcare professionals in assistance technologies
  • formalised agreements between research institutes and companies built through national and international events.

The ADAPT project started in January 2017 and will last 4 years. The global budget amounts to 8.7 million Euros, 70% of which will be brought by the EU funded Interreg France (Channel) England programme.

Leveraging its expertise in the area, UCL’s Aspire Create team will primarily contribute to the technical development and evaluation of the adaptive assistance system. This will play a key role in both the real wheelchair and the training/assessment simulator.

For further information, please contact:

Dr Tom Carlson
020 8385 3048
t.carlson@ucl.ac.uk

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