Zoe Leonard, 4 Aug 2016
On the 8th June 2016, Mark Moseley attended the Future of Assistive Technology Summit and Exhibition at the University of Salford, Manchester.
The day was packed with presentations. John Lamb from the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) opened the day with a discussion of the current state of the field and how mainstream technology and new innovations may direct its future. Topics covered within presentations ranged from apps to assist those who have autism, to utilising 4D scanning techniques to produce 3D printed foot orthoses. Other presenters discussed the use of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) in the rehabilitation of those who have had a stroke, postural care for young people who have disabilities and the role of an Assistive Technologist within special education.
The event was a good opportunity to network with others working within the Assistive Technology field.
Mark Moseley is currenyl in the second year of his EngD. His research focuses on assistive technology. Young people who have complex physical disabilities and good cognition may face many barriers to learning, communication, personal development, physical interaction and play experiences. Physical interaction and play are known to be important components of child development, but this group currently has few suitable ways in which to participate in these activities.
Technology can help to facilitate such experiences. Marks research aims to develop a technology-based tool to provide this group with the potential for physical interaction and physical play, by providing a means of manipulating objects. The tool will be used to develop the target group's knowledge of spatial concepts and the properties of objects. It will utilise eye gaze technology, robotics and haptic feedback (artificial sensation) in order to simulate physical control and sensations.
Marks industrial placement is at the Victoria Education Centre in Poole, Dorset.