Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2018

1344  The University of Texas at Arlington  (74849)

Principal Investigator: Ishfaq Ahmad

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 318,778

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 3/1/18 - 2/28/21

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Department, Center, School, or Institute: College of Engineering

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: REU Site: REU Program at UTA: Assistive Technologies for People with Disabilities

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: National Science Foundation (NSF)
CFDA Link: NSF
47.070

Program Title: N/A
CFDA Linked: Computer and Information Science and Engineering

Note:

Overview: New REU Site, or renewal of previously funded REU Site?: New Project title: REU Program at UTA: Assistive Technologies for People with Disabilities Principal Investigator: Ishfaq Ahmad Submitting organization: The University of Texas at Arlington Location at which the proposed undergraduate research will occur: The University of Texas at Arlington Main field and sub-fields of the research: Computer Science, Subfields: Theater Arts, History, Disability Studies, Human-Centered Computing, Health Care Systems. No. of undergraduate participants per year: 8 Summer REU Site, or academic year REU Site?: Summer program No. of weeks per year that the students will participate: 10 Does the project include an international component, ethics component, or RET component?: No Name, phone number, and e-mail address of point-of-contact for student applicants: Ishfaq Ahmad, Tel: (817)2721526, Email: iahmad@cse.uta.edu Web address (URL) for information about the REU Site (if known): None The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), in partnership with several other departments at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), proposes an REU site focusing on assistive technologies for people with disabilities (PWD). The proposed theme encompasses innovative and novel projects that can help PWD meet barriers of all kinds - attitudinal, architectural, and technological - in accessing employment, navigating public spaces, freely communicating, and living independently. The students will pick project topics from multidisciplinary themes such as text-to-speech converters, augmented reality, universal design, smart care, sports-specific wheelchairs, accessible digital humanities, theatrical arts and social robots. Eight undergraduates per year will partake in ongoing research to investigate problems related to intelligent computing, apps, systems, data fusion, data analytics, and decision support. We will recruit participants nationally, with an emphasis on women, minorities, PWD, and non-research institutions. Students will also attend a class providing a structured, intensive introduction to the research area and to techniques for literature searches, technical writing, and presentations. With the mentorship of the PIs and faculty mentors from multiple departments as well as using the required facilities and resources available, students will learn how to conduct scientific research. They will also be introduced to the intricacies of team projects, project management, communication, basic research skills, and most importantly engage with the community of PWD. Intellectual Merit: The proposed REU site program will lead to innovation and new knowledge in four interwoven assistive technology-related research thrusts: Communications/Interaction, Education/Learning, Human-Machine Interface, Adaptive Sports/Recreation and Entertainment. The students will gain knowledge in the research area as well as in educational techniques. A multidisciplinary approach to assistive technology is crucial if such technologies are to fully meet the evolving needs of end-users: the diverse community of PWD. The experience gathered throughout the program will provide essential knowledge about effective techniques for the organization of undergraduate research projects. Broader Impacts: The REU program will expand computing and engineering knowledge into a multidisciplinary approach interwoven with the arts, humanities and social sciences. The prototype projects undertaken by REU students, even though small in nature, will contribute towards inventive methods, techniques, systems, and novel means to help PWD integrate more fully into society. The project will leverage greater educational impact by involving both undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, students will help exchange innovative techniques and emerging needs with their community-based organizations, thereby positively impacting the lives of PWD.

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