Presenter: Byung-Cheol Min
Title/Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Information technology, Purdue University
Navigating around a university campus can be challenging for blind or visually impaired persons. Although the current practice is to provide mobility training to gain familiarity with building, classroom and office locations around campus by orientation and mobility instructors, family or friends, this training is time consuming and expensive for all the parties. In addition, even after the training, many blind or visually impaired people often face difficulties in navigation due to dynamic changes on a campus and are in need of additional assistance. As such, we propose a navigation aid system that empowers blind and visually impaired people to navigate independently and efficiently, particularly in indoor environments. The system is mainly composed of a computer software and a mobile wearable device. We will show initial results of the system and present our future works that will involve a development of the mobile robot guidance system.