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— Many people who have to rely on powered wheelchairs find it hard to fulfill daily navigation tasks with their chairs. The SmartWheeler project aims at developing an intelligent wheelchair that minimizes the physical and cognitive load required in steering it. In this paper we briefly outline the SmartWheeler project and its goals. We then argue that it is(More)
Robotics technology has made progress on a number of important issues in the last decade. However many challenges remain when it comes to the development of systems for human-robot interaction. This paper presents a case study featuring a robust dialogue interface for human-robot communication onboard an intelligent wheelchair. Underlying this interface is(More)
Many people with mobility impairments, who require the use of powered wheelchairs, have difficulty completing basic maneuvering tasks during their activities of daily living (ADL). In order to provide assistance to this population, robotic and intelligent system technologies have been used to design an intelligent powered wheelchair (IPW). This paper(More)
New-generation, intelligent, powered wheelchairs promise to increase the mobility and freedom of individuals with serious chronic mobility impairments. And while rapid progress continues to be made in terms of the engineering capabilities of robotic wheelchairs, many projects fall short of the target in terms of ease of use, conviviality, and robustness.(More)
DEDICATION To my parents, Sylvianne Drolet and Danny Ross. ii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS During my past two years of research, I had the chance to meet and collaborate with many great people, and have been constantly supported by many people whom I cherish dearly. I am pleased to express my gratitude to all of them for making this thesis possible. First and foremost,(More)
DEDICATION To my family and Andrée-Anne. ii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS First and foremost, I thank my supervisor, Joelle Pineau, for the invaluable guidance, support, and insightful feedback she has provided me for the last three years, but also for trusting me to work on such a fascinating project. Additionally, I benefited greatly from being part of the Reasoning(More)
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