University of Arkansas at Little Rock: Cutting Edge Research Strives for Important Breakthroughs (Sponsored Report)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jul. 9, 2012 12:00 am  

Dr. Cang Ye is working to develop a “smart cane” that will help visually impaired people travel more easily and safely.

Dr. Huang is doing extensive research with elastic/acoustic metamaterials –which have shown great promise in reducing noise and vibration in composite panels, creating a lightweight material that still has super dynamic and acoustic properties. These metamaterials have potential valuable applications in building space, military and civilian vehicles that are quieter, less prone to vibration but are still very efficient and deliver high performance.

Dr. Cang Ye

Dr. Ye is working to develop a “smart cane” to help visually impaired people travel more easily and safely. Dr. Ye’s research hopes to create computer software that can detail where a staircase or a doorway is located, where a drop off in the floor exists or where an overhead bulkhead can be found. The core technology is 3D data segmentation. Once the program is created, it can be installed in a portable “cane” and provide information orally. A vibrating belt or wristband also could be used to provide physical cues on which direction to turn. Dr. Ye received $320,389 from the National Science Foundation’s Robust Intelligence Program and is partnering with rehabilitation specialists at Lions World Services for the Blind.

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Dr. Eric Sandgren
Dean, Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72204



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