Rehabilitation Science and Technology
University of Pittsburgh
Forbes Tower, 5044
ris20 @ pitt.edu
Richard Simpson received a B.S. in computer science from Virginia Tech in 1992. At the University of Michigan he earned an M.S. in Bioengineering in 1994, an M.S. in computer science and engineering in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 1997. Dr. Simpson was certified as an assistive technology practitioner in 1997. As a graduate student, he played an active role in the development and testing of the NavChair Assistive Wheelchair Navigation System. The NavChair served as testbed for his Ph.D. research in adaptive shared control. Following his graduate studies, he worked at NASA Johnson Space Center developing control software and human-machine interfaces for life support systems. As a faculty member of Pitt?s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS), Professor Simpson teaches graduate level courses in computer access and human-machine interaction. His primary appointment is in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology (RST), and he has secondary appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and the Intelligent Systems Program. Professor Simpson also provides clinical rehabilitation engineering services in the areas of environmental control, computer access, and augmentative communication at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) Center for Assistive Technology (CAT).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
"As a rehabilitation engineer, I have used assistive technology to improve lives one person at a time. I see the QoLT technology ERC as an opportunity to impact many lives at once."