Gestures Used by Intelligent Wheelchair Users

Dimitra Anastasiou; Christoph Stahl

In: Klaus Miesenberger; Arthur Karshmer; Petr Penaz; Wolfgang Zagler (Hrsg.). Computers Helping People with Special Needs. International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP-12), 13th, July 9-13, Linz, Austria, Pages 392-398, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Vol. 7383, ISBN 978-3-642-31533-6, Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg, 7/2012.


This paper is concerned with the modality of gestures in communication between an intelligent wheelchair and a human user. Gestures can enable and facilitate human-robot interaction (HRI) and go beyond familiar pointing gestures considering also context-related, subtle, implicit gestural and vocal instructions that can enable a service. Some findings of a user study related to gestures are presented in this paper; the study took place at the Bremen Ambient Assisted Living Lab, a 60m2 apartment suitable for the elderly and people with physical or cognitive impairments.

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