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David P. Miller

David P. Miller

Professor Emeritus, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering; additional appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science Felgar Hall 209 405-325-1094 Ph.D., Computer Science- Yale University, 1985


Dr. Miller’s research activities center around the application of robot systems and control to improve mobility and/or the human experience of controlling mobile devices. In particular:
1. Smart mobility assistance: Intelligent scooters and wheelchairs. Wheelchairs and similar devices that are situationally aware and can assist the user not only in basic mobility, but also in the control of mobility to help achieve common tasks involving positioning, obstacle avoidance, navigation and control of peripheral devices.
2. Mobility training and amplification: Assistive devices to assist in the user development and acquisition of mobility skills and the cognitive skills related to mobility.
3. Interacting with mobile devices through visual, tactile and haptic interfaces such that control feels natural and has improved performance over more traditional vehicle control interfaces.

Selected Publications:

Walker, A. M., Miller, D. P., and Ling, C. (2015) User-centered design of an attitude aware controller for ground reconnaissance robots. Journal of Human Robot Interaction 4(1): 30–59.

Ghazi, M. A., Nash, M. D., Fagg, A. H., Ding, L., Kolobe, T. H. A., and Miller, D. P. (2015) Novel assistive device for teaching crawling skills to infants. In Proceedings of the Field and Service Robotics Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Miller, D. P., Fagg, A. H., Ding, L., Kolobe, T. H., and Ghazi, M. A. (2015) Robotic crawling assistance for infants with cerebral palsy. In Proceedings of the AAAI’15 Workshop on assistive technologies emerging from artificial intelligence applied to smart environments. AAAI Press.

Kolobe, H. T., Fagg, A. H., Pidcoe, P., and Miller, D. (2014) The effect of robotic reinforced movement learning technology on the development of prone mobility in infants at low and high risk for cerebral palsy. In Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Child Neurology Society Meeting.

Hockey, B. A. and Miller, D. P. (2007) A demonstration of a conversationally guided smart wheelchair. In Proceedings of the Ninth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. ACM.

Miller, D. P. and Machulis, K. (2005) Visual aids for lunar rover tele-operation. In Proceedings of iSAIRAS 2005.

Simpson, R., LoPresti, E., Hayashi, S., Nourbakhsh, I., and Miller, D. (2004) The smart wheelchair component system. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development 41(3).

Fair, M. and Miller, D. P. (2001) Automated staircase detection, alignment, & traversal. In Proceedings of the IASTED Int’l Conference on Robotics and Manufacturing, pages 218–222, Cancun, Mexico.

Miller, D. P. (1996) Moving in tandem: Automated person pacing for wheelchair users. In AAAI Fall Symposium on AI for People with Disabilities.

Miller, D. and Slack, M. (1995) Design & testing of a low-cost robotic wheelchair prototype. Autonomous Robots 2(1): 77–88.