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As people get older, their ability to perform basic self-maintenance activities can be diminished due to the prevalence of cognitive and physical impairments or as a result of social isolation. The objective of our work is to design socially assistive robots capable of providing cognitive assistance, targeted engagement, and motivation to elderly(More)
As the world's elderly population continues to grow, so does the number of individuals diagnosed with cognitive impairments. It is estimated that 115 million people will have age-related memory loss by 2050 [1]. The number of older adults who have difficulties performing self-care and independent-living activities increases significantly with the prevalence(More)
In this article, the workspace of planar wire-actuated parallel manipulators is studied. The investigation is based on two methods: an analytical method which formulates the workspace envelope by means of Cramer's rule pertaining to the Jacobian matrix and the null space method from static analysis of manipulator. The workspace envelope method is extended(More)
The study of the perception of loudness lends itself well to the psychophysical scaling technique of magnitude estimation. This study was designed to extend the range of auditory stimuli used to study the magnitude estimation scaling of loudness. The five stimuli chosen were a 1000-Hz pure tone, narrow band noise (700-1300 Hz band width), broad band noise(More)
Recent studies have shown that cognitive and social interventions are crucial to the overall health of older adults including their psychological, cognitive, and physical well-being. However, due to the rapidly growing elderly population of the world, the resources and people to provide these interventions is lacking. Our work focuses on the use of social(More)
The purpose of this investigation was to determine the extent to which listener ratings of the intelligibility of tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP) speech vary as a function of different signal-to-noise ratios. Fifty college students, 25 men and 25 women (Median age = 19.7 years) participated in the study. They were instructed to assign numbers to(More)