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Dr Tom Carlson

Aspire Lecturer
University College London
United Kingdom

Visiting Academic
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Switzerland

t.carlson@ucl.ac.uk

Fields of Expertise

Human Robot Interaction (HRI)
Shared Control
Assistive Technology
Wheelchairs
Mobile Robotics
Tele-operation / Tele-presence
Brain-Computer Interfaces
User Evaluations

Welcome

Tom is a Lecturer (assistant prof) at the Aspire CREATe (Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology), University College London. His research focus is on the user-centred design of assistive robotic technologies for people with spinal cord injuries. He is also currently a co-chair of the IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Shared Control, which he co-founded in 2012. For more information, please see his detailed biography and his list of publications

News

20 Nov 2014 : I was invited to give a talk entitled "Brain-machine interfaces: science beyond fiction?" at a Café Scientifique, hosted by King Edward's School Witley, Surrey.

16 Jul 2014 : I was invited to give a talk at the UCL Institute of Biomedical Engineering Monthly Seminar Series. There were plenty of interesting questions, ranging from the intricacies of brain-computer interface technology to end user experiences. Here, you can enjoy a few photos, courtesy of an enthusiastic member of the audience!

22 May 2014 : We featured on a special 50th Anniversary episode of BBC Horizon, which introduced the Longitude Prize 2014. In the programme we demonstrated the state-of-the-art in brain-controlled robots and explored the challenges that need to be overcome in order to realise viable brain-controlled exoskeletons.

05 Mar 2014 : We are welcoming applications for a fully-funded phd project on Shared Control Wheelchair Interfaces at UCL's Aspire Create and ARG.

19 Oct 2013 : Our brain-controlled wheelchair featured on Swiss National Radio - SRF (in German). If you listen to the audio, we feature at 11m25s.

08 Oct 2013 : The European Commission released a short documentary about the TOBI project. We filmed this together with our partners at AIAS, Bologna, Italy.

01 Oct 2013 : I have taken up a Lectureship appointment at University College London, where I will be working at the ASPIRE Centre for Disability Science to develop assistive robotic technologies for people with spinal cord injuries.

15 May 2013 : Deadline for submission to our Special Session on Shared Control at IEEE SMC2013, which will again run in tandem with a workshop on Shared Control.

08 Mar 2013 : Our paper Brain-Controlled Wheelchairs: A Robotic Architecture appeared in the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine.

14 Oct 2012 : I co-organised a Special Session on Shared Control at IEEE SMC2012, which ran in tandem with a workshop on Shared Control. Both events were very successful and resulted in the creation of a new IEEE SMC technical committee on Shared Control Please visit the website for the latest details.

25 Apr 2012 : Some of our projects featured in the opening of the new Centre for Neuroprosthetics. Media coverage can be seen on Swiss Federal Television (en français, auf Deutsch) and The Huffington Post (in English). The news even reached Australia!

24 Jan 2012 : I demonstrated our brain-controlled wheelchair for a documentary on the Discovery Channel.

17 Oct 2011 : Our brain-controlled wheelchair featured on a UK Channel 4 documentary: Brave New World with Stephen Hawking.