Winter Quarter 2011 Course Announcement

Perspectives in Assistive Technology

David L. Jaffe, MS and Professor Drew Nelson
Tuesdays & Thursdays   4:15pm - 5:30pm
Main Quad, Building 370, Classroom 370


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Tuesday, January 4th

photo of Dave Jaffe

Course Overview & Introduction to Assistive Technology
David L. Jaffe, MS
Stanford University - Mechanical Engineering Design Group

Abstract: This presentation will provide an overview of the course and a brief introduction to Assistive Technology including a definition of terms, demographics, goals of rehabilitation, perceptions of disability, the needs of people experiencing disabilities, political correctness, and numerous examples of assistive technology devices and cutting-edge research projects.

Biosketch: David L. Jaffe holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a MS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University.

He worked as a Research Biomedical Engineer at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System's Rehabilitation Research and Development Center. At the VA his interests were designing, developing, testing, and bringing to market microcomputer-based devices for veterans with disabilities including communication, mobility, and information systems. He has worked on several VA assistive technology research projects including an innovative wheelchair interface for individuals with quadriplegia, an electro-mechanical fingerspelling hand that serves as a communication device for people who are deaf/blind, a system that explores virtual reality techniques to train individuals with gait deficits to improve their walking, and a project that employs a computer-based simulation to assess and improve the driving ability of individuals after brain injury.

In addition to organizing this course, ENGR110/210 Perspectives in Assistive Technology, he currently contributes to the definition of quarterly course projects in ME218 Smart Product Design, is a project coach in ME113 Mechanical Engineering Design, and mentors students working on assistive technology projects.

Contact Information:
Stanford University
Mechanical Engineering Design Group
Thomas F. Peterson Engineering Laboratory
Building 550 - Room 113
416 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA  94305-4021
dljaffe -at-
Lecture Material:
Slides - 3.28 Mb pdf file
Stepping Over Responses video
Ralph Fingerspelling Hand video (takes a while to load)
Ultrasonic Head Controlled Wheelchair video
Audio - 1:13:55 - 16.9 Mb mp3 file
Who is Disabled? / Questions for Contemplation
Candidate Projects
Assignment One

Updated 01/05/2011

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