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Welcome to IAS Research Participant Study Listings!

Would you like to play an active role in shaping the future of inclusion - become a research subject and see how?

At the IAS, we are committed to furthering the inclusion of students with disabilities in STEM related fields.  In order to accomplish this goal, we are in support of research interests that aid in meeting this aim.  We have compiled a collection of on going research studies below with broadening participation for students with disabilities as their purpose.  These studies range in involvement from assistive technology intervention investigations to the ergonomic evaluation of laboratory facilities.

Please read the brief description, participant parameters and investigators contact information carefully.  If the project strikes a cord with you and you wish to investigate the opportunity further, please utilize the email contact provided for additional information as well as study specifics.      

  • Gesture Recognition Control of Robots by Quadriplegics 

    The Purdue University School of Industrial Engineering is looking for men and women aged 18-65 with severe upper limb mobility impairments to participate in a research study to develop a gesture recognition system for people with quadriplegia due to paralysis or limited motor function.

    This gesture recognition system allows quadriplegics to control robots and other technologies by using only gross arm movements. Participants are required to operate the motion of a mobile robot and a robotic arm to perform simulated tasks by using a set of defined arm gestures. The experiment will last about 50-60 minutes at Michael Golden Laboratories on Purdue's main campus. The principle investigators are Drs. Juan Wachs and Brad Duerstock.

    If interested, please email Hairong Jiang or call 765-586-9038.

  • Blind Participants Needed for Testing a Multi-Sensory Feedback System for Image Perception

  • Introduction
  • Currently there is no suitable technology for blind or visually impaired (BVI) persons to acquire scientific skills such as operating microscopes and navigating histology images. These skills are crucial during STEM education. We propose a real-time multimodal image perception system to enable BVI participants to engage in typical biomedical lab activities: a combination of auditory, haptic, and tactile feedbacks are deployed to convey visual information in suitable perceptual channels, thus creating a palette of multimodal, sensorial information.\
  • Tasks
  • Participants will use a stylus haptic device to navigate the images shown on a computer screen. The feedbacks are provided through computer speaker, a vibration device attached to cloth, and the haptic device. As a comparison, participants will also be asked to navigate print-out tactile images by hands. The experiment will last approximately half an hour.
  • Place
    MANN Hall, Room B035A, Purdue University
    If you are interested in this experiment, please contact: Ting Zhang by email [].    


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