Navigation Links
Carnegie Mellon and University at Buffalo researchers improving transit for people with disabilities
Date:10/28/2013

PITTSBURGH Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, are collaborating on a five-year, $4.6 million federally funded project to advance physical access and public transportation for people with disabilities by bringing together computer science technology and the principles of universal design.

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Accessible Public Transportation has received a new grant from the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) that extends the existing five-year grant that concludes this year.

The center will develop ways to empower consumers, manufacturers and service providers in the design and evaluation of accessible transportation equipment, information services and physical environments.

The center's principal investigator is Aaron Steinfeld, an associate research professor at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute who works on human-robot interaction and intelligent transportation systems in the Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center, headquartered at Carnegie Mellon.

Steinfeld will co-direct the center with his father, Edward Steinfeld, a professor of architecture at the University at Buffalo who heads the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA). The IDeA Center improves the design of environments and products by making them more usable, safe and appealing to people with a wide range of abilities. The center is a world leader in universal design, an important component of the new RERC's work.

"Universal design is a human-centered approach to design and business practices focused on creating a more convenient, comfortable, healthier and safer environment for everyone," Edward Steinfeld said. "It extends the lessons learned in design for disability to all riders, recognizing that the transportation environment presents challenges for all. It not only increases social integration for people who have physical and mental challenges but, by doing so, reduces costs by removing the burden of providing special services, facilities and products."

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon will use Tiramisu Transit, an app developed under the prior RERC, to understand how real-time trip information and community dialog can empower accessible travel. Buffalo researchers will continue design research to make boarding and disembarking buses faster, safer and more accessible.

Another project will leverage existing technologies supported by the Traffic21 program at Carnegie Mellon to develop software systems to help riders during multi-modal trips. Collaborations with industry also are planned, continuing the team's prior work on vehicle designs with the Gillig Bus Corporation and starting a new effort with the Dallas Smith Corporation. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in Buffalo and the Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh continue to assist the researchers as they develop new technologies and concepts.

"As with our first RERC grant, we think it is critical to include input from transit users in all of our projects," said Carnegie Mellon's Aaron Steinfeld. "Transit is a community that includes riders, service providers and industry. Each has an important voice and valuable perspectives."


'/>"/>

Contact: Byron Spice
bspice@cs.cmu.edu
412-268-9068
Carnegie Mellon University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Carnegie Mellons Marcel Just to receive Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award
2. Mindfulness meditation reduces loneliness in older adults, Carnegie Mellon study shows
3. New Carnegie Mellon research reveals exactly how the human brain adapts to injury
4. Carnegie Mellon Research shows self-affirmation improves problem-solving under stress
5. Carnegie Mellon to present Leslie Ungerleider with Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences
6. National Robotics Initiative Awards provide $7 million for Carnegie Mellon research projects
7. University of Cincinnati researchers win $3.7M grant from US Department of Defense
8. Leading experts on congenital muscular dystrophy convene at University of Nevada, Reno
9. Rice University student engineers automate limb lengthening for kids
10. Louisiana Tech University professor earns NSF Early Career Development grant
11. Neuropsychologist receives University of Houstons highest faculty honor
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... , ... Nike Rugby Camp's success is due in large part to Ethan ... Rugby Camps and current Nike Camp director, has offered an all abilities rugby camp ... excited for our eighth summer here in San Diego,” says Willis. "We take great ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... , ... Hight-Doland Insurance Agency’s new community involvement program which serves families of ... of Southwest Louisiana to help provide positive mentoring for local youth. Donations to this ... of Southwest Louisiana has been helping to guide the area’s youth for over 30 ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... ... May kicked off with Melanoma Monday , a multi-agency effort to raise ... encouraging her patients, as well as residents all around Dallas, Cleburne, Irving, and Plano, ... in the future. , The dermatology-specific awareness month ends with “Don’t Fry Day,” established ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... Diego, California (PRWEB) , ... May 04, 2016 ... ... wearable technology that is transforming breastfeeding for nursing mothers. The company’s patented technology, ... intake while breastfeeding. Today, the company announced that the technology is now available ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... Francesca Loparco, Co-Founder of Queen City Dream Cars, ... same-day LASIK procedure at Christenbury Eye Center. The entrepreneur struggled with her ... surgery the same day as her in-office consultation and eye exam. Francesca’s eyesight was ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... May 3, 2016 BioNovus Innovations LLC ... for Advancing Medical Innovation (IAMI) today announced a ... diagnostics and medical devices. An agreement ... rights to license, develop and commercialize medical innovations ... "This partnership represents a significant advance in ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ACME Markets, Delaware ... Delaware County Councilman Dave White announced ... ACME pharmacies across Delaware County ... Prevention (CDC), naloxone has saved 26,463 lives nationwide over the past ... Delaware County were authorized to administer naloxone to overdose ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... FLINT, Mich. , May 3, 2016   Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced today ... The company released a video of two patients who tell their personal story and encourage ... hepatitis.   Meet Jacque: Hepatitis C ... ... Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy (PRNewsFoto/Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc.) ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: