Towards a standardized test for intelligent wheelchairs

Joelle Pineau, Robert West, Amin Atrash, Julien Villemure, François Routhier
2010 Proceedings of the 10th Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems Workshop on - PerMIS '10  
Many people who have to rely on electric wheelchairs find it hard or even impossible to fulfill daily navigation tasks with their chairs. The SmartWheeler project aims at developing an intelligent wheelchair that minimizes the physical and cognitive load required in steering it. In this paper we briefly outline the SmartWheeler project and its goals. We then argue that it is important to have a standardized test to evaluate autonomous wheelchairs in terms of performance quality, safety, and
more » ... ty, safety, and usability. No such test exists as yet for intelligent wheelchairs, but there has been an effort in the clinical community to design tests for conventional wheelchair usage. We discuss the existing Wheelchair Skills Test (WST). We then suggest a paradigm that allows us to use this test to benchmark the quality of intelligent wheelchairs, and in particular their interface, in a task context that is relevant to clinical practice in rehabilitation.
doi:10.1145/2377576.2377607 dblp:conf/permis/Pineau0AVR10 fatcat:zppp2vlhlbemtb77yggecxm4bq