2014 – 2015 EDECT: Empowerment of Disabled People through Ethics in Care and Technology
This Interreg IVA 2 Seas project was a direct result of the success of two earlier projects – Dignity in Care (DIC) in Belgium and SYSIASS.
The outcomes from these two projects identified the importance of combining ethical practice with technological developments in order to best serve the needs of disabled people, their families and their carers.
EDECT provided exactly that bridge and Phase1of the project consisted of a conference and a publication
Phase 2 took the project further, with a series of four pilots testing both the wheelchair developed in the earlier SYSIASS project and the ethical training programme created during the Dignity in Care project.
These pilots took place in Canterbury Kent, Gits The Netherlands, Lille France, and Lomme Belgium and a final report was produced.
For more information about this exciting project, or to download all the tools created by the partners, go to www.edect.weebly.com
October 2014. This conference was part of Phase 1 of the EDECT project. You can see the full programme and the presentations are listed below in order of appearance at the conference:
- The user’s view – Peter Lambreghts, Co-ordinator European Network on Independent Living, West Europe Region
- Introducing EDECT – Ladan Najafi, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, UK
- Technology and Empowerment – Ilse Oosterlaken, Delft University of Technology, NL
- Education of care givers – Vincent de Rooij, HZ University of Applied Science, NL
- The challenge of the ethical provision of assistive technology – Matthew Pepper, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, UK
- Future opportunities for EDECT – Annemarie Kokosy, ISEN, Lille and Pierre Boitte, Lille Catholic University, FR
- A critical reflection on assistive technology by users and user groups – Joel Beurkens, HZ University of Applied Science, NL
- Additional critical reflections on assistive technology – Tanesh Bhugobaun, Chair of Kent Brain Injury Forum, UK
2011 – 2015 This Interreg-funded project has designed an intelligent electric wheelchair, which is a great improvement on existing wheelchairs as it allows autonomous guidance and efficient and secure communication to be established with the equipment.
To guarantee the use of the device by the largest number of end users
To develop a human-machine interface that is adaptable to the specific needs of each user
To create a device that can evolve and is capable of adapting itself to the state of the user – their tiredness for example, or the fact their condition is worsening over time.
The Health and Europe Centre provided administrative support to the East Kent Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust who worked in partnership with the Institut Superieur de l’Electronique et du Numerique, Ecole Centrale de Lille, The University of Kent and the University of Essex.
This team of experts have developed a human-machine interface necessary for the guidance of the wheelchair by the user, an intelligent module for autonomous wheelchair guidance and a module of transmission of data between the wheelchair and its environment.
There were three main objectives to this project:
This project finished in June 2014 but the innovative work produced by this team was continued in another cross-channel project – EDECT.