June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
Electrical and Computer
13.1144.1 - 13.1144.10
Teaching and Using GPS/GIS in Electrical Engineering Projects
This paper will present the work of student’s team senior project using effective tools to design and build a voice activated wheelchair that uses Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS). The students will benefit from this project by hands-on and using new and advanced computer tools on GPS/GIS in electrical engineering projects. Even though the main target area of this paper will be focus on the applications of GPS/GIS in voice activated wheelchair by electrical and computer engineering students, however, other engineering disciplines can benefit as well.
The usage of GPS equipment and understanding of GIS is becoming very important in electrical engineering. The benefit of using GPS/GIS becomes obvious in the areas of analysis, modeling, simulation, design and decision making. Many engineering companies are beginning to realize the importance of using GPS/GIS applications in their day to day operations especially in data collection.
Voice recognition systems and global positioning systems (GPS) are technologies that are currently thriving in today’s market. These technologies are commonly used in handheld devices, automobiles, and are viewed as more of a luxury than a necessity. We sought to use these technologies in a new and innovative way such that their necessities could be harvested. This project incorporates a voice recognition system that can control the movements of a battery-powered wheelchair as well as command a GPS unit to map out a path such that the wheelchair may perhaps autonomously navigate itself to a given destination. This could provide a safe and efficient way for people with excessive disabilities to navigate with ease.
This project consisted of several objectives including designing the voice recognition controller, implementing GPS navigation, as well as incorporating safety features such as collision detection. All the systems were integrated into one, such that the voice recognition would control the GPS navigation. Users will be able to vocally command or perhaps speak a destination point and the GPS navigation unit will to navigate.
Motivation for the project
Quadriplegics and paraplegics who suffer from a high degree of paralysis have less independence and flexibility in their daily lives. Thus, they depend on the wheelchairs for performing the most basic activities, so a wheelchair that controls by voice can provide them a higher level of independence. For patients with extremely limited physical abilities, a joystick or chin controlled power wheel chair may still not be a usable method
Monemi, S., & Aliyazicioglu, Z. (2008, June), Teaching And Using Gps/Gis In Electrical Engineering Projects Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/4170
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