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The CAREN Extended is a virtual reality system with a motion capture system, a 6 degree of freedom actuated base, and a split-belt treadmill. This system is used to conduct state-of-the-art rehabilitation research to help the elderly and people with disabilities.

CAREN Extended Eirtual Reality System

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The Wheelchair-Mounted Robotic Arm (WMRA) integrates a 7-joint robotic arm and various sensors into a power wheelchair. It is controlled using various input devices, including the Brain-Computer Interface that can control the system using a brain signal. This system is used to assist individuals with disabilities to perform their activities of daily living independently.

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Annually CARRT engineers develop technical specifications for over 250 vehicle modifications for individuals with disabilities to drive independently. Using a driving simulator, we are able to evaluate adaptive driving systems including drive-by-wire controls and design appropriate interfaces to improve safety and function.

Virtual Reality Driving System

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The Hands-Free Wheelchair Control project utilizes sensor technology to control a wheelchair and a mobile platform using body motion instead of a joystick. This system can be used for various applications, including wheelchair-bound dancers who can free their hands and use their body motion to control their wheelchair and dance with others.

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The Rehabilitation and Robotics Testbed (RRT) includes a 10 camera motion capture system, two force plates, wearable inertial sensors, a safety harness, and an adjustable environment that includes ramps, stairs, a gravel pit, a door, and shelves. This Testbed is used to evaluate, design and test prosthetic, rehabilitation and assistive devices.

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The motion analysis system tracks motion in three dimensional spaces and calculates joint angles and forces. This system is used to develop injury prevention and optimal performance strategies in dance, music and sports.

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News & Events

06/17
2017 Summer STEM Career Exploration for Individuals with Disabilities. Sign up for this 2-week Work Experience program that starts Monday July 3 and ends Friday July 14 (except July 4th). For more information about the summer program, please visit the link:
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To register for this summer camp, please download the registration form at:
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06/17
Save the Date, Sept. 14-15, 2017: USF’s CARRT will be holding a NSF I/UCRC planning meeting on campus on Sept. 14-15, 2017. Any companies interested in learning more about the research projects at USF’s CARRT and how they can become partners contact Dr. Stephanie Carey at scarey3@usf.edu for more information.
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06/17
Rehab Week in London: Several researchers from CARRT will attend Rehab Week in London to present research and learn from engineers and clinicians in the field of rehabilitation and assistive technologies. Rehab Week combines INRS, ICORR, IFESS and BSRM society conferences to increase collaborative and innovative efforts. http://rehabweek.org
06/17
Presenting Dr. Ashley Knight: Ashley Knight successfully defended her dissertation titled, “The Development of a Platform Interface with the Use of Virtual Reality to Enhance Upper-Extremity Prosthetic Training and Rehabilitation.” Ashley graduates in August and will begin a post-doc in Bangkok. Congratulations Dr. Knight!
06/17
Girl Scouts Visit CARRT labs: Girl Scouts ages 6-9 visited the CARRT labs in June. Some girls were in a robotics camp and some were part of a coding camp. Dr. Reed, Dr. Alqasemi and Dr. Carey along with many engineering students inspired girls to become engineers and scientists.
05/17
ISPO in Cape Town, South Africa: Dr. Stephanie Carey, Dr. Rajiv Dubey and Ashley Knight (PhD candidate) traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to present at the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics World Congress. Ashley received a travel grant for her presentation describing her research on upper extremity prosthetic training using virtual reality. Dr. Carey also received a USF Faculty Travel Award to help fund her trip.
04/17
FL Department of Education – Division of Vocational Rehabilitation: Dr. Rajiv Dubey, Dr. Redwan Alqasemi and Stephen Sundarrao received funding to provide service to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other persons with disabilities to assess and train them on job related skills using the VR4VR system. The developed Virtual Reality for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR4VR) system is an immersive system that includes seven modules with different levels of difficulties and different distractors for assessment and training in job-related skills. A video of the system can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ElV7iIKp1M
03/17
Best MCOM Graduate Student Poster Presentation in Clinical Science Research: Four SPTRS students and two faculty received awards at USF Health’s 27th annual Research Day. DPT Class of 2017 students Roberto Aponte, Jamie Dolley, David Hoke, and Lucas Simari collaborated with faculty mentors Dr. Seok Hun Kim (SPTRS) and Dr. Kyle Reed (Mechanical Engineering) on a poster presentation entitled “Gait Symmetry Following Sand-Assisted Locomotor Training.” https://hscweb3.hsc.usf.edu/physicaltherapy/sptrs-usf-health-research-day-winners
02/17
NSF I/UCRC planning grant awarded: Dr. Stephanie Carey along with Dr. Rajiv Dubey, Dr. Kyle Reed, Dr. Redwan Alqasemi and Stephen Sundarrao received a NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers planning grant in order to drive innovation by facilitating partnerships between universities, companies and government agencies. The funding will be used to conduct a meeting in Sept. 2017 to prepare USF’s CARRT to become a site for the NSF iPERFORM Center for Assistive Technologies to Enhance Human Performance http://iperform.uta.edu
11/16
Millicent Schlafly was a Student Winner: "Effect of Knee Height on Gait Symmetry" at the 9th Annual College of Engineering Research Day http://www.usf.edu/engineering/research/research-day.aspx
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Dr. Redwan Alqasemi is the first researcher at USF to be awarded the National Science Foundation's I-Corps Teams grant to validate and commercialize his research on robotic grippers.
Dr. Kyle Reed has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation on the "Perception of Accurate Interactions through Bimanual Integrated Forces and Motions."
Dr. Rajiv Dubey has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation's MRI program to acquire CAREN-Extended Virtual Reality Simulation system http://www.motekmedical.com/products/caren
MOSI-sponsored minority group visits CARRT labs and interact with students and various robotics projects

Research

To create infrastructure and conduct cutting edge interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborative research and development in assistive, rehabilitation, and robotics technologies.




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Education

To increase the capacity of engineers, researchers, and practitioners in the field through education and training; and develop highly skilled, high wage workforce. To provide technology-related mentoring services to K-12 students and teachers. To conduct exhibitions, public displays and media reports; and host technology awareness events.

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Service

To provide technical assistance to agencies on standards and public policy. Offer rehabilitation engineering technology referral and advising services to hospitals, service providers, and people with disabilities locally, regionally and internationally.



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