A Smart Walker for the Elderly System for Elderly Care
Principal Investigator: Professor Chuan WU (Department of Computer Science)
This project is showcased in the inaugural exhibition – Engineering for Better Living in Innovation Wing Two
A set of mechanical, control, sensory, and A l technologies is being developed which includes:
One of the alarming consequences of the growing aging population is the fast decline of functional capacity that older elderly experience. While constrained physical and cognitive abilities leave many older adults dependent, most of them prefer to continue living in their homes rather than moving into nursing homes. With the intelligent walking assistance and falling protection from our walker, an active, independent and quality life of the ageing population is supported, which can not only slow overall functional decline, but also reduce health care costs by delaying premature institutionalization.
Professor Wu’s research interests include cloud computing, distributed machine learning systems, distributed learning algorithms, and intelligent technologies for elderly care.
Xiaoyang Zhao, Zhi Zhu, MingShan Liu, Chongyu Zhao, Yafei Zhao, Jia Pan, Zheng Wang, Chuan Wu. “A Smart Robotic Walker with Intelligent Close-proximity Interaction Capabilities for Elderly Mobility Safety,” in Frontiers in Neurorobotics, October 2020.