Category: Seminars and Conferences
State: Archived
February 22nd, 2017

Seminar announcement:

11:00 a.m. - meeting room #1 at the 3rd floor of the Department of Control and Computer Science (DAUIN)

Viewpoint and Feedback Issues with Wearable Systems for Controlling a Robot Arm

DAUIN – Room 1 (3rd floor) – 22 February 2017 from 11:00 to 12:00 a.m.

Anthony Whitehead

School of Information Technology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada




In North America, we have an aging population boom that is expected to require care and assistance in the future to retain their self sufficiency. One solution to this problem comes in the form of assistive robots... however, control systems need to be intuitive and simple. Moreover, they need to be available where ever the person goes and a solution to that problem is wearable technology. In this talk we will discuss an experiment where we examined the feasibility of an integrated motion and haptic system (both wearable) for controlling a humanoid robotic arm using natural and intuitive movements rather than a complicated control schema. We examined a head-mounted display integrated into the system of wearable arm-based motion sensors that control a humanoid robotic arm to determine if there is an observable difference between third-person and first-person perspective in the control of the robot arm. We also examined both fine and gross motor control using different tasks, as well as examining vibration as a form of haptic feedback to relay the limitations of the robot arm back to the user. We undertook an experiment with 30 participants all of whom were able to complete both the gross and fine motor control tasks without fail; indicating that this type of sensor based control systems is intuitive and easy to use. The majority of participants found the method of control to be intuitive, the inclusion of first-person perspective to be beneficial, and the vibration feedback to be either inconsequential or confusing.


Anthony Whitehead is an Associate Professor from Carleton University, in the School of Information Technology. He has been the director of the School from 2009-2016 and will return to be the director from 2017-2022. He was the past Chair of the Human Computer Interaction Master's degree program at Carleton from 2011-2015. His research interests in the area of wearable systems are for play, training, therapy and most recently as an assistive device. He also is engaged in computer vision systems for drones and autonomous vehicles as well as digital media systems for the preservation of cultural heritage sites.

For more information:

Prof. Fabrizio Lamberti – – phone +39-011-090713