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Georgia/South Carolina Chapter Meeting

When: Friday, January 12, 2018
10:00 AM
Where: CU-ICAR
5 Research Drive
Greenville, South Carolina  29607
United States
Contact: Johnell Brooks

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Approved for 4 CEUs

10:00 am Welcome and introduction of speaker Johnell Brooks


10:05 am Tour of CU-ICAR with Johnell Brooks

A tour of the Department of Automotive Engineering will provide an overview of advancements in engineering. A special focus will be on the Deep Orange program where automotive engineering students develop and build new vehicle concepts.
At the conclusion of the tour, participants will be able to :

- describe a novel vehicle concept on the Deep Orange 5 vehicle that includes special considerations for manual wheelchair users
- identify advancements in automotive engineering

11:05 am Introduction and review of Drive Focus app for iPad

Drive Focus is an iPad app that trains users to identify, prioritize, and react to critical roadway items. Drive Focus uses clickable object videos of roadway scenes filmed from the driver's point of view. The Training section teaches the user to "click on" only the critical items that a driver should pay attention to. For example the user should click on the pedestrian crossing the street or the red traffic light for his/her direction of travel. If the user has difficulty he/she can slow down the video and gradually increase the speed as he/she improves. The detailed score page provides feedback of items missed, whether the user selected the items in the correct order of priority, and how quickly he/she clicked on the object. Each location (e.g. California, South Carolina, Vermont and more) has 3 levels of complexity. Users can't progress to the next level without attaining a certain score. The game-like features keep it interesting and encourages practice which leads to better outcomes.

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

- Participants will be familiar with a technology program that may assist individuals with ASD to learn driving skills.
- Participant will be able to identify client populations with whom they can use this app


12:05 pm Lunch provided by Mobility Dealer


1:00 pm Review of Drive Safety Clinical Driving Simulator applications and review of new upgrades and current research

Driving simulators provide clinicians an opportunity to systematically evaluate many of the underlying visual, cognitive and motor skills associated with driving. The DriveSafety Clinical Driving Simulators (CDS) were designed for use in a broad range of patient populations and clinical environments. The evolution of the interactive exercises and driving scenarios will be provided. Recent hardware and software advancements will be discussed. Participants will have an opportunity to try new tools and see current research efforts.

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

- Participants will be able to understand and discuss the differences between interactive exercises and driving scenarios
- Participants will understand the cognitive, visual and motor tasks associated with the interactive exercises.


3:00 pm Chapter meeting


3:30 pm Adjourn


Speaker Bio
Johnell Brooks strives to maximize mobility for at-risk populations. She works closely with DriveSafety, a Utah based driving simulator company. Together, the team has developed driving simulation systems specifically designed for rehabilitation and training purposes. The partnership was established in 2010 with the vision of providing rehabilitation tools for clinicians to help individuals regain driving skills after experiencing functional losses. While the program was originally designed to assist aging drivers maintain their independence as long as safety possible, the program was quickly expanded to serve a diverse population ranging from wounded warriors to young adults on the Autism spectrum. The CU-ICAR/DriveSafety partnership’s approach to product development supports collaboration among clinicians, teachers and researchers.

Dr. Brooks holds a Master’s degree in Human Factors Psychology and a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Clemson. She has been a faculty member at Clemson since 2005, and has a leadership role in the Deep Orange 2-7 projects at CU-ICAR. Deep Orange is a concept vehicle development program that realizes its core beliefs through a hands-on, real-world, collaborative educational environment that stimulates transversal working and holistic thinking from entry into the automotive engineering program until graduation. Deep Orange stimulates engineering creativity through collaboration with transportation design students. Working collaboratively, students, multi-disciplinary faculty, and participating industry partners focus on designing and producing a future vehicle concept incorporating breakthrough technology innovations with new development, manufacturing and assembly processes.

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