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Projekt PMMA

Personal Mobile Manipulation Assistance.

Short description

It is the goal of the working group PMMA to develop a concept for an integrated system for mobility (electrical wheelchair), for manipulation (robot arm), and for various computer-controlled applications (e.g. environmental control and communication aids). The necessary technology has to demonstrated.

The work comprises especially:

  • market overview, 
  • state of the art analysis,
  • user requirements analysis,
  • system requirements analysis,
  • technical concept,
  • human-machine interface,
  • omni-directional wheel steering concepts,
  • sensor-guided navigation with collision avoidance,
  • computer vision,
  • robotics technology,
  • application concepts for rehabilitation,
  • integration concept,
  • technology demonstration,
  • economic and social impact.

Project partners

  • FTB, Germany (general project leader)
  • FernUniversität Hagen / Lehrstuhl Prozeßsteuerung und Regelungstechnik PRT, Germany
  • Robosoft SA, France
  • The Technology Applications Group, UK
  • Knossos Technologies SA, Crete, Greece

Publications related to PMMA

  • Uniform User Interface for Communication and Control.
    Bühler, Ch., in: Proceedings European Conference on the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology/ ECART 2;
    Stockholm, Sweden; 26.-28. Mai 1993; Beitrag 22.3.;
  • User Involvement in Evaluation and Assessment of Assistive Technology.
    Bühler, Ch., Schmidt, M., in: Proceedings European Conference on the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology/ ECART 2;
    Stockholm, Sweden; 26-28. Mai 1993; Beitrag 30.1.;
  • Smart Wheelchair with High Manoeuvrability.
    Bühler, Ch., Humann, W., in: Proceedings European Conference on the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology/ ECART 2;
    Stockholm, Sweden; 26.-28. May 1993; Beitrag P. I;
  • Integration von Rollstuhl und Handhabungssystem zur Unterstützung von Menschen mit Handicap.
    Bühler, Ch., in: Tagungsband der 9. Fachgespräche über autonome mobile Systeme (AMS),
    München, Oktober 1993, S. 17 - 26.
  • Rollstuhlmontiertes Handhabungssystem für Menschen mit Handicap.
    Bühler, Ch., Heck, H., Nedza. J., in: ´Intelligente Steuerung und Regelung von Robotern´; VDI-Berichte 1094;
    VDI-Verlag Düsseldorf 1993; S. 153 - 164.
  • Adaptable User Interfaces for People with Special Needs.
    Bühler, Ch., Heck, H., Wallbruch, R., in: Lecture Notes in Computer Science 733; Grechenig, Th. (Hrsg.); Tscheligi, M.(Hrsg.);
    Veröffentlichungen der Vienna Conference Human Computer Interaction VCHCI ´93;
    Wien; S. 413-414; Springer-Verlag;
  • Integration of a robot arm with a wheelchair.
    Bühler, Ch., Vortrag bei: IEEE/RSJ/GI International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems;
    12.-16. September 1994; München.
  • Autonomous robot technology for advanced wheelchair and robotic aids for people with disabilities.
    Bühler, Ch., Humann, W., Hoyer, H., Hoelper, R., Accepted for Intern. Journal of Robotics and Autonomous Systems.
  • A Uniform Control Interface for Various Electronic Aids.
    Bühler, Ch., Heck, H., Wallbruch, R., 4th International Conference on Computers for Handicapped Persons,
    ICCHP ´94, Vienna, 14.-16. September 1994; Lecture Notes
    in Computer Science No. 860, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994, pp. 51-58

Project data

Duration: 12/1992 - 2/1994.

Funding: co-funded by the European Commission within the ESPRIT-Programme.

Contact persons at FTB

Last Updated at Tuesday, 16 July 2013