Research Thrusts-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Research Thrusts

Research Thrusts:  Our scientific program is structured into four research thrust or cluster areas to work on the major aspects of augmentation and human capability.  These interrelated research areas are grounded in more traditional disciplinary research domains and contribute to the QoLT Systems.  They advance engineering knowledge in human activity measurement, machine cognition and person-system symbiosis.  These research thrusts are: 

  1. Person and Society Thrust (PST) – Works to understand and overcome the personal and societal barriers to acceptance and adoption; develops techniques to measure effectiveness of QoLT; and ensures that the multi-faceted dimensions of context are considered from device conception through its design, development and commercialization.
    Project Lead:  Rich Schulz

  2. Perception and Awareness Thrust (PAT) – Gives QoLT systems the intelligence to be responsive to users and their environments  Creates means to determine the intent of a person, and to accurately measure and predict his/her actions – capabilities critical to the success of all of the FoES.
    Project Lead:  Martial Hebert

  3. Human System Interaction Thrust (HSIT) – Makes quality of life technologies respond dynamically to people, their environments, and their situations.
    Project Lead:  Jodi Forlizzi

  4. Mobility and Manipulation Thrust (MoMAT) – Affords end users safe and aware physical assistance by providing hardware and controls that are both safe and effective for machine interactions with people.
    Project Lead:  Chris Atkeson

Research Overview

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