Experts on accessibility

Accessibility refers to accommodations or technologies that improve the ability of people with disabilities to gain better access to the world around them. It also encompasses the design of products and devices, including assistive technology, specifically designed to be used by people with disabilities. WPI experts on accessibility can discuss ways that robotics can be deployed to improve accessibility, for example through the development of exoskeletons that enable disabled people to stand, walk, and work, and the use soft robotic devices for human augmentation. They can also relate how artificial intelligence and other computing techniques may allow the deaf community to better interact with technology.

Gregory S. Fischer
  • Professor Robotics Engineering
Professor Fischer develops surgical robotics, including MRI-compatible robotic devices for enhancing cancer diagnosis, add intelligent automation to telesurgery, and develop assistive robotics, including socially assistive robots and wearable physically ... View Profile
Cagdas Onal
  • Associate Professor Robotics Engineering
Professor Onal conducts research in soft robotics, a largely underexplored area of robotics that has significance in medicine, manufacturing, and disaster response. ... View Profile
Gillian Smith
  • Associate Professor Computer Science
Professor Smith is an award-winning game designer. ... View Profile
Erin Solovey
  • Associate Professor Computer Science
Much of Professor Solovey's work explores effective human interaction with complex and autonomous systems and vehicles. ... View Profile
Yunus Dogan Telliel
  • Assistant Professor Humanities & Arts
Professor Telliel teaches a range of courses on ethics, rhetoric, religion and culture, and science and technology studies. ... View Profile
Haichong Zhang
  • Assistant Professor Robotics Engineering
Professor Zhang is the founding director of the Medical Frontier Ultrasound Imaging and Robotic Instrumentation (Medical FUSION) Laboratory. ... View Profile