Computer Gaming and Therapeutic Applications for Various Populations

Panel Discussion with Demonstrations and Book Signing

Teaneck, NJ (March 8, 2005)— “Technology should not be developed for its own sake, but to serve people,” says FDU professor Eamon Doherty. Doherty has focused his research on computer applications for the severely disabled and teaches a course in mind-operated devices with robotics.

His new book, “Computer Recreation for Everyone,” surveys how a variety of common computer games can be used as part of a computer recreation plan for the disabled, senior citizens and anyone who wants to have fun.

On Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in the Edward Williams College Library on the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, he will lead a panel discussion and demonstration on computer gaming and therapeutic applications for various populations. Using a five-foot screen, he will demonstrate brain computer interface games, using thoughts and facial gestures to navigate mazes. Joining him via video conferencing from England will be his co-author Gary Stephenson. Stephenson is a consultant on health information projects to the National Health Service in Great Britain.

The discussion and demonstration will include students of Dr. Doherty. Joel Fernandes has developed a wireless telerobotic system in which a person operated a robotic arm over the Internet using facial electrodes. Graduate student Suhail Ali has worked to develop telephone assistive technology to help quadriplegic, nonverbal people speak over the telephone using a voice simulator.

Two of the disabled men featured in the book, Jeff Marsh, pictured on the cover, and Walter Engle, to whom the book is dedicated, will be present with members of their families.

This free event is open to the public and will be of special interest to healthcare professionals who work with the disabled and families who care for people with disabilities.

A book signing is included.

The library is located in Edward Williams Hall, 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack. For more information call 201-692-2256.

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Joan Harvey

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