Active Research Projects

Augmenting Human Cognition with Collaborative Robots

Collaborative robotics is a growing application space in robot technology used in manufacturing, mining, construction, and energy industrial settings. This convergence research project, funded by the National Science Foundation will contribute new knowledge and theory of Human-Computer Interaction and Human-Robot Interaction, by augmenting human cognition for safer and more efficient collaborative robot interaction.

Collaborators: Dr. Laura Stanley, Dr. Ranjana Mehta, Dr. Mike Wittie, Dr. Prabhakar Pagilla, and Dr. Debi Switzer

EAGER: CHS: Examining Self-Harm and Suicide Contagion Risks of Viral Social Media Challenges on Youth and Young Adults

This research, funded by the National Science Foundation aims to rigorously investigate young adults’ exposure to viral self-harm online challenges, as well as the determinants of their engagement in such challenges through participating directly in such challenges and/or sharing information online. This work will lead to the development of both theoretical and quantitative models characterizing the nature and spread of potentially harmful and viral challenges on social media.

Collaborators: Dr. Heidi Zinzow, Dr. Meera Narasimhan, Dr. Pamela Wisniewski, Dr. Laura Whitlock and Dr. Krishnasree Achuthan

Game-based Virtual Reality-Enabled Advanced Manufacturing Lab

This $5 Million effort funded by the Office of Naval Research, proposes to develop virtual- and augmented-reality systems to support educational and training needs in advanced manufacturing. This collaborative project, consisting of research groups at Clemson University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and The University of Arizona will create a disruptive modular learning format that exploits the “learning through play” methodology of game-based learning to facilitate advanced manufacturing education, and establish an online means for rapid, autonomous continuing education.

Collaborators: Dr. Anand Gramopadhye, Dr. John Ballato, Dr. Eric Klopfer, Dr. Lionel C. Kimerling

Enhancing Personalized Learning Using Virtual and Augmented Reality-based Technology Innovations

This research, funded by the National Science Foundation aims to develop novel collaborative networking strategies to incorporate virtual technology-based systems into synchronous and asynchronous educational settings. This project creates new virtual collaborative spaces to provide highly accessible and personalized learning environments.

Collaborators: Dr. Kristin Frady, Dr. Rebecca Hartley, Dr. Anand Gramopadhye

Virtual- and Augmented Reality Systems for Robotics-enabled Advanced Manufacturing

This $1.8 Million effort funded by the Office of Naval Research, proposes to develop virtual- and augmented-reality systems to support advanced robotics-enabled manufacturing. This project will leverage existing infrastructure and initiatives, state and national partnerships, and federally funded centers with strong guidance from industry.

Collaborators: Dr. Anand Gramopadhye, Dr. Venkat Krovi, Dr. Laine Mears and Dr. Yue Wang

Completed Projects

Human Factors Considerations in the Design and Implementation of Telemedicine-Integrated Ambulance-based Environments for Stroke care

Ambulance-based telemedicine can permit stroke consultations enroute to the hospital, and rapidly identify and triage stroke patients to decrease the time between first provider contact and definitive therapy. Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), this research study attempts to i) understand the cognitive, physical and temporal demands on caregiving teams in geographically dispersed remote locations, and ii) evaluate the potential for user/design errors that characterize the use of these Information Technology (IT) systems in high-stress environments.

Collaborators: Dr. Anjali Joseph, Dr. Nathan McNeese, Dr. James McElligott, Dr. Christine Holmstedt and Dr. Suparna Qanungo.

Interfaces for Family Health History Collection

A patient’s family health history (FHx) is one of the most important factors that help clinicians diagnose and manage disease risks at an early, more treatable stage. Despite its value, an FHx is often underutilized in a clinical setting because medical professionals often lack the time and expertise to collect a detailed one. This project involved developing AI-enabled virtual conversational agents and evaluation of the efficacy of collecting such family health histories through a Virtual Conversational Agent interface, a new method for collecting this FHx.

Collaborators:  Dr. Brandon Welch

Technology-based interventions to assess the home and community environment to prevent falls in the home and support aging in place

The overarching of this project, funded by the Collaborative Faculty Research Development Program, is to develop a technology-based intervention that could be used in doctor’s office or at home to help older adults evaluate their own homes for safety risks and to identify resources in their community to support home modifications and aging in place. We envision that this tool would support both the doctor’s team as well as the older adult and their families in coming up with built environment solutions that would prevent falls and support their care needs.

Collaborators: Dr. Anjali Joseph, Dr. Susan O’Hara, Dr.  Cheryl Dye

Smart Companion Robots for Automotive Assembly

The goal of this project, funded by the Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing Institute is to demonstrate the viability of an intelligent mobile manipulator robotic system, the Smart Companion Robot to assist and augment human associates in automotive final assembly, where intensive manual manipulation remains the mainstay. The robot is intended to provision: (i) cognitive assist, by delivering the right part and/or tool at the right place at the right time, eliminating the risk of incorrect parts being assembled, and enhancing quality in high-mix assembly environments; and (ii) physical assist, by helping transporting medium-heavy parts from subassembly areas to reduce worker fatigue/repetitive injuries.

Collaborators: Dr. Venkat Krovi

Telehealth Systems to Support Family Caregivers of Older Adults with Urinary Incontinence

The primary objective of this study, funded by the IMPACT program, is to develop an evidence-based, web-facilitated, multi-component behavioral intervention designed to enhance the home environment of care-dependent community-dwelling older adults with Urinary Incontinence (UI), through informal caregiver education and skill development in UI management strategies (Tele-Prompt). The secondary objective is to examine the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention and estimate the effect on informal caregiver outcomes.

Collaborators: Dr. Nicole Davis, Dr.  Cheryl Dye

Human Factors Considerations in the Design of Home-based Telemedicine Systems

This research, funded by the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance aims to investigate the user acceptance related issues associated with home-based telemedicine systems.

Collaborators: Dr. James McElligott, Dr. Brandon Welch

Virtual Environments for Risk Assessment

This research, funded by the American International Group aims to design, implement and evaluate virtual reality simulations for evaluating the infrastructure risks involved in power generation.

Collaborators: Dr. James Martin