The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute
Assistive Technology
“Saving (or Enriching) Lives”
Mike McNair
Rob...
Vision Statement
By 2017, UTARI becomes a global leader in the research and
development of advanced technology specificall...
The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute
UTARI– The Big Picture
Robotic
Applications
Biomedical
Instrumenta...
The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute
UTARI Research
- Bridging the Gap -
1 9
TRL
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
UTA
Facu...
The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute
UTARI Focus
• It’s all about Assistive Technologies
– “Dirty, Dull...
The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute
The Need for Assistive Technologies
Profile of Older Americans
• 6...
The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute
Disabilities in the U.S.
* 2012 Data
0.8% 5.3%
5.5%
10.4%
25.0%
50...
The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute
Robotic Applications and
Industrial Automation
• Smart Home Techno...
The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute
Biomedical Instrumentation
• Preventative and Assistive Medical De...
The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute
What’s Common?
• Two focus areas
– Unmanned Systems
– Smart Homes ...
The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute
See us in Booth 970
• Booth focus on
– Smart Homes
– Unmanned Syst...
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  • http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/mission/who-we-serve.aspx

    http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/media/505955/2013-alumni-survey-results.pdf

  • http://www.disabilitystatistics.org/StatusReports/2012-PDF/2012-StatusReport_US.pdf?CFID=10428978&CFTOKEN=4d01ea7b2e0d165e-9AE6E110-5056-B400-0DF00E67D7E44E81&jsessionid=843078aaf157ba1f52041b33f72137415b71
  • Smart Home Technologies
    Current partnering to build smart homes for wounded warriors
    Engage with current high level automation and robotics, near-term robotic solutions (2-3 years), and future opportunities
    Keys to success include technology growth, standards development, updates in regulation and product certification

    Unmanned Systems
    Excellent partnership with a number of Government and Defense contractors; recent activity to include police departments and first responders
    Inclusive of UGV and UAS applications
    On-site COA
    Lone Star FAA Test Site research member
    UTA Unmanned Systems Certification program roll-out in Fall 2014

    Low Volume / Lean Manufacturing
    Design optimization of Low Volume Manufacturing with customer tools, equipment and processes
    Heterogeneous system integration and device instrumentation
    Rapid prototyping and device instrumentation of novel Biomedical products
  • Preventative and Assistive Medical Devices
    PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) research
    Medical training simulators
    Bubble Actuator Array
    Pressure Modulating Mat
    Smart Seat Cushion
    Dynamic Prosthetic Interface
    Neural Electrode Array

    Bioelectronics
    Electroceuticals – application of electrical stimulation to affect and modify functions of the body

    Tissue Regeneration and Wound Care
    REHEAL Glove

  • AUVSI 2014: Beyond the Booth

    1. 1. The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute Assistive Technology “Saving (or Enriching) Lives” Mike McNair Robotics Division Chief, UTARI
    2. 2. Vision Statement By 2017, UTARI becomes a global leader in the research and development of advanced technology specifically in the areas of Advanced Manufacturing, Biomedical Technologies and Robotics. Our focus remains enabling product development to help humanity, providing unique, affordable solutions to complex problems.
    3. 3. The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute UTARI– The Big Picture Robotic Applications Biomedical Instrumentation Government Industry Academia Consortiums Industry Groups UTARI - Researchers - Facilities UTA - Faculty - Students UTARI Capabilities Domains Partners Relationships Advanced Manufacturing
    4. 4. The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute UTARI Research - Bridging the Gap - 1 9 TRL 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UTA Faculty Government & Industry UTARI through applied research and development basic research enables to provide solutions to To help Humanity through Unique and Affordable Solutions “Assistive Technologies”
    5. 5. The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute UTARI Focus • It’s all about Assistive Technologies – “Dirty, Dull, Dangerous, Difficult” • Helping people to live more enriching lives • Promote and facilitate personal independence – “Living in Place” • Address the mental, physical, and social needs of the disabled and elderly – Benefit the population as a whole
    6. 6. The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute The Need for Assistive Technologies Profile of Older Americans • 65+ population – 40.4 million: 2010 – Increase of 5.4 million (15.3%) since 2000 – 1 in every 8 Americans • Average life expectancy for those over 65 – 17.3 years: male – 20 years: female • 85+ population – 5.5 million: 2010 – 6.6 million: 2020 • 20% of Americans have disabilities Profile of Wounded Warriors • World War I and II – 1.7 soldiers for every 1 soldier killed • Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom – 7 soldiers wounded for every 1 soldier killed • As of 1 April 2014 – Deaths: 6801 – Wounded: 53,684 – TBI: 320,000 (est) – PTS: 400,000 (est)
    7. 7. The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute Disabilities in the U.S. * 2012 Data 0.8% 5.3% 5.5% 10.4% 25.0% 50.0% Disability Rate by Age < 4 years 5 to 15 years 16 to 20 years 21 to 64 years 65 to 74 years 75+ years 2.20% 3.40% 6.90% 4.90% 2.70% 5.60% 74.30% Disability Type Visual Disability Hearing Disability Ambulatory Disability Cognitive Disability Self-Care Disability Independent Living Disability • Approximately ¾ of the U.S. disabled population is 65 years and above • Approximately 25% of the U.S. population has some kind of disability The need is great and the need is real.
    8. 8. The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute Robotic Applications and Industrial Automation • Smart Home Technologies • Unmanned Systems • Low Volume / Lean Manufacturing
    9. 9. The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute Biomedical Instrumentation • Preventative and Assistive Medical Devices • Bioelectronics • Tissue Regeneration and Wound Care
    10. 10. The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute What’s Common? • Two focus areas – Unmanned Systems – Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies • Focus on Robotic Technologies – Robots are a solution in a domain space • Common Technologies – Sensing – Manipulation – Mobility / Navigation – Interconnectivity The lessons and benefits in Unmanned Technologies benefit the needs and objectives of Assistive Technologies
    11. 11. The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute See us in Booth 970 • Booth focus on – Smart Homes – Unmanned Systems • More than happy to talk about our other activities as well

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