Kavan Hazeli

Kavan Hazeli

Associate Professor, Aerospace-Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Associate Professor, Optical Sciences
Member of the Graduate Faculty
Department Affiliations
Contact
520-621-2235

Work Summary

Work Summary

We design and build life-assisting items for the visually impaired and people with cognitive impairment (e.g., Alzheimer's, Dementia). We use cutting-edge technologies in robotics, data conversion methods, sensors, artificial intelligence, light detection and ranging (LiDAR), vision optics, haptic technology, and additive manufacturing to integrate human needs, capabilities, and behavior in designing assistive devices.

Research Interest

Dr. Hazeli's group is active in designing and building educational tools and life-assisting devices for the visually impaired and people with cognitive impairment (e.g., Alzheimer's, Dementia). Dr. Hazeli's team uses cutting-edge technologies in robotics, data conversion methods, artificial intelligence, light detection and ranging (LiDAR), vision optics, haptic technology, and additive manufacturing to integrate human needs, capabilities, and behavior in designing wearable assistive devices.

Depending on the user's need, our assistive devices will have onboard electrocardiogram (ECG) sensors to monitor heart rate and Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) sensors to measure the electrical properties of skin under emotional arousal and stress body sweats and skin conductance changes in real-time. The combined neural and sensory monitoring data improve user understanding of the environment, enhance safe navigation, and detect/prevent life-threatening situations.