IEEE volunteers present assistive tech prototypes at UTAR Engineering and Science Fiesta

Fig 1By Dr. Celia Shahnaz

The IEEE-UTAR Student Branch, IEEE-EMBS Student Club, and MySIGHT4Rehab showcased their historical work building devices to help rehabilitate children with movement disorders at the UTAR Engineering and Science Fiesta February 20 – 21.

The groups have built various prototypes over the past four years and shared them with fellow students in the two-day conference. The devices are aimed at Affordability, Accessibility, and Availability of rehabilitation equipment needed by these rehabilitation centres. The majority of the prototypes were commissioned by various Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) such as the Hulu Langat Children with Disability Society (PKKI Hulu Langat), and others.

More than 1000 visitors attended the event. As such, MySIGHT4Rehab and the IEEE Student Branch successfully organized membership recruitment drives. It is anticipated that the groups should recruit more members from various backgrounds such as biomedical engineering, physiotherapy and early childhood studies, merging hands to champion this cause for these communities in need.

Dr. Celia Shahnaz is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as well as the 2017 Communications Chair of the IEEE SIGHT steering Committee.

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