We are interested in students who want to do their master degree projects on applied technology in the arease of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and mobile applications that make everyday life easier for people with disabilities and their relatives. The following are some concrete examples, but you are also encouraged to come up with your own ideas for a related project.
Investigation and practical application of GPS tracking of children
Some children with cognitive limitations, such as those who have autism or Down’s Syndrome, can suddenly decide to wander off or run away from their homes, schools or daycare centers. This causes much worry and uncertainty for their relatives and the personnel who work with them. There are a number of technical solutions for tracking that use GPS, but no comprehensive user-friendly solution exists as far as we know. The project would involve carrying out an accurate analysis of the problem and market research of existing systems and then to combine this with a tailor-made, functional system to be tested. This master’s project is suitable for one or two engineering students who are studying the C, D, E or F programs and who have (preferably) taken one or several courses in rehabilitation engineering and/or in the series of courses in human-computer interaction.
Non-visual usage of mobile phones with touch screens
Today’s mobile phones with touch screens are difficult to interact with when you are unable to look at the screen, which entirely excludes people who are blind, but can also make it hard for people who are walking or cycling in traffic. Thus, our interest is in examining the possibilities for non-visual interaction. The project would involve carrying out an analysis of the problem and market research on touch screen displays for blind users. This would lead to the technical development of, for example, an Android platform and the testing of it on the target group. This master’s project is suitable for one or (preferably) two engineering students who are studying the C, D, E or F programs and who have (preferably) taken one or several courses in rehabilitation engineering and/or in the series of courses in human-computer interaction. Good knowledge of Java programming is also required.
Contact person: Kirsten Rassmus-Gröhn
Locaton based game for young people who are blind
In contrast to their sighted peers, young visually impaired people are faced with a greater challenge in liberating themselves from the protection of adults because it is so difficult for them to get around on their own. They also have a greater workload because in addition to schoolwork, they have to learn to walk with a cane and to orient themselves as best they can. A mobile-based and location-based game (with GPS, for example) could be a new, fun and motivating way for them to learn orientation. At the same time, the location-based system can be a source of security so that they venture out and practice getting around on their own. This master's project can be carried in cooperation with the Do-Fi company to a certain extent, and will involve both the implementation and user testing of prototypes. It is suitable for one or preferably two engineering students who are studying the C, D, E or F programmes and who have taken one or more courses in rehabilitation engineering and/or the series of courses in human-computer interaction. Good knowledge in programming is also required.
Contact: Kirsten Rassmus-Gröhn