Simulation and control of multipurpose wheelchair for disabled/elderly mobility

N.M. Abdul Ghani, M.O. Tokhi
  • Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering, September 2016, IOS Press
  • DOI: 10.3233/ica-160526

Simulation and control of multipurpose wheelchair for disabled/elderly mobility

What is it about?

Currently, standard four-wheeled wheelchair designs have some limitations and cannot perform standard routine tasks, such as stair climbing, sit-to-stand and stand-to sit operations. A stair climbing wheelchair will allow the user to utilise the same assistive mobility equipment to manoeuvre on stairs as well as on flat surfaces. There will be no need for an elevator or an assistant to perform stair climbing, and this will allow the wheelchair user to exercise independence. This research embarks on the development of multipurpose wheelchair as mobile transporter for elderly and disabled people. The research is aimed at helping people with physical weakness/disabilities in their upper and lower extremities to move independently without human intervention. The controller is design to ensure system stability and safety while performing multipurpose tasks such as manoeuvrability on flat surfaces, stairs climbing (ascending and descending), standing in the upright position on two wheels and transformation back to standard four wheels.

Why is it important?

The current research focuses on development of a novel compact and light weight multipurpose wheelchair model and further on the implementation of intelligent control to perform the corresponding multipurpose tasks. It is aimed to help people with disability/weakness in their lower extremities, so to enable them to manoeuvre independently while increase their self esteem and confidence to socialize with others.


Nor Maniha Abdul Ghani
Universiti Malaysia Pahang

This article becomes a kick start for me to publish in High Impac factor journal due to its rigorous and thorough reviewing process. It was a great experience also to work with the co-author whom always gave useful views and thought through producing the results. Finally, the hard work has been paid off!

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