Soldiers with brain injuries may soon have a new tool that helps them receive important medical treatment. Computer science and engineering Associate Professor Manfred Huber is designing a reservation/reminder software system as part of a project to transport veterans on military bases to doctors’ appointments using driverless cars. “We’re designing the system to be accessible through an android cellphone app or kiosk at a stop along the route,” says Dr. Huber, the principal investigator. “This system will help veterans who might be suffering from traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder. It will hopefully get the veterans where they need to be when they need to be there.” Work will be done in Huber's lab in the Engineering Research Building. When complete, the Applied Robotics for Installation and Base Operations (ARIBO) project prototype will be installed at Fort Bragg, N.C. The UTA software system is one of several prototype efforts under the ARIBO umbrella. “Driverless systems are here,” Huber explains. “It’s just that integrating them into the common, everyday street system will be difficult.” Other UTA researchers participating in the software project include computer science and engineering Professor Gergely Zaruba and electrical engineering Associate Professor Dan Popa. The reservation system is based on an earlier project Computer Science and Engineering did with the School of Social Work. That project used a National Institutes of Health grant that helped Tarrant County mental health patients keep up with their appointments through an interactive website.
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