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9 Jul 2018

EUCAPA Research Award

PhD Student wins EUCAPA Research Award.

Victor Jeganathan from Loughborough Design School was awarded the EUFAPA Young Investigators Award at the European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity in Worcester last week.  His paper which was a part of his PhD explores the effectiveness of guides for visually impaired runners.  The study collected physical motion capture data, subjective evaluations and interview feedback from guides and visually impaired runners. The analysis will be used to develop a technological solution to allow blind and visually impaired people to be able to run and exercise independently.

During his studies Victor collected physical motion capture data, subjective evaluations and interview feedback from guides and visually impaired runners.  The judging panel commented on his use of staged video footage to illuminate his presentation and his ability to answer the wide range of questions after his presentation, and they were particularly impressed with the complexity and depth of his data. Victor was presented with his award by Prof Martin Kudlacek, past president of EUFAPA.

This PhD research has been sponsored by Design Star and supervised by Dr Mike Fray and Sharon Cook. This project is just one of a number of projects using ergonomics and design methods to improve the lives of people with sensory impairment which the Design School is involved in.