Checking date: 30/04/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Assistive Photonics
Study: Master in Photonics Engineering (338)

Coordinating teacher: SANCHEZ PENA, JOSE MANUEL

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Electronic Technology

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
The students are expected to have attended the mandatory courses of the Master. It is also highly recommended to have skills in analogue and digital electronics and optics.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
Basic Skills CB6 . Knowledge and understanding that provide a basis or opportunity for originality in developing and / or applying ideas, often in a research context. CB7 . That the students can apply their knowledge and ability to solve problems in new or unfamiliar in wider or multidisciplinary environments related to their field of study. CB8 . That the students can integrate their knowledge, as well as handle the complexity of making judgements from an incomplete or limited information, but which could include reflections about the social and ethic responsibilities that could be linked to the application of their judgements and knowledge. CB10. That the students possess learning skills that allow them following their long-life learning in a self-conducted and self-sufficient way. General Skills CG2. Ability to propose, design, implement and maintain a system with photonic components for a specific application Specific Skills CE2 . Handling of tools aiming to design photonic devices and systems. CE3 . To be aware of the current trends in different applications of photonic technologies and learned experiences from real cases. CE5 . Capacity of selecting novel photonic components, technologies and subsystems. CE7 . Capacity of analyzing and designing photonic systems for applications in communications and sensing. CE8 . Capacity of effectively searching information, as well of identifying the state of the art in a technological problem in the field of photonic devices and systems. LEARNING RESULTS Identify, from a practical and theoretical point of view, both scientific and technological main challenges in aided photonic systems for disabled people, as well as their use and integration.
Description of contents: programme
M1: Overview of Disability: Current Status and Challenges -1.1 Definitions of impairment / disability. -1.2 Geographical distribution of disability in the World / Spain. Guidelines and rules -1.3 accessible / universal design. Description of the principles of design for all. Example of practical application M2: Evaluation of support products: standards and best practices - 2,1: Classification of PAs - 2.2: Classic Technology vs Current Technology M3: Products supporting the visually impaired. - 3.1: Anatomy of the eye. - 3.2: Low vision and color blindness - 3.3: Assistive photonic products for eye diseases M4: Motor Disability -4.1: Introduction and motor disability issues -4.2: Photonic Aids for motor disability M5: Intellectual Disability. -5.1: Causes of intellectual disability -5.2 AAC Systems based on photonic technologies M6: Hearing impairment -6.1: Ear anatomy -6.2: Causes of hearing impairment -6.3 Technical products based on optoelectronic systems M7. Use of displays in rehabilitation technologies. -7.1 Head up displays, 3D, e-readers -7.2 AR and VR. Basic concepts -7.3 AR and VR as tools for rehabilitation in cognitive disability. M8. Audiovisual Accessibility - 8.1 Scenarios: TDT, museums, cinemas, theatres, scenic arts,... - 8.2 Optoelectronic aids for AV accessibility M9. Design of assistive products for different kind of disabilities -9.1 Conceptual design -9.2 Simulation -9.3 Implementation -9.4 Demonstration & presentation in classroom
Learning activities and methodology
Learning activities: - Lectures - Work using numerical tools, demonstration of experiments in the lab. - Individual work developing a specific project that will be presented in class and discussed in group.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Basic Bibliography
  • - Eds.: M. A. Hersh and M. Johnson.. Assistive Technology for Visually Impaired and Blind People. Springer. ISBN 978-1-84628-867-8. . 2008
  • ¿ A. Mittal and S. Sofat. Sensors and Displays for Electronic Travel Aids: A Survey. International Journal of Image Processing, 5, 1-14.. 2010
  • ¿ Eds.: M. A. Hersh and M. Johnson.. Assistive Technology for Visually Impaired and Blind People. Springer. ISBN 978-1-84628-867-8. . 2008
  • ¿ Eds.: W.Barfield and T.Caudell. Fundamentals of Wearable Computers and Augmented Reality.. . Mahway, NJ, US.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associate. . 2001
  • ¿ Eds.:Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha, Isabel Maria Miranda and Patricia Gonçalves. . Handbook of Research on ICTs for Human-Centered Healthcare and Social Care Services (2 Volumes) . . DOIGI Global. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3986-7,ISBN13:9781466639867, ISBN10: 1466639865, EISBN13: 9781466639874. . 2014
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