450-2095/02 – Introduction to Assistive Technologies (UAT)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Cybernetics and Biomedical EngineeringCredits3
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Martin Černý, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Martin Černý, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFEIIntended for study typesBachelor
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CER275 prof. Ing. Martin Černý, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Graded credit 1+2

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The aim of the course is to provide students with general information on assistive technologies and the possibilities of their use. Imagine how these technologies can affect the lives and independence of older, disabled or even healthy people. During the lectures, basic disabilities for which assistive technologies can be used, individual methods and principles of sensing parameters, whether biological or non-biological for use in assistive technologies, will be gradually explained and finally, the latest trends in assistive technologies will be presented in the form of various support devices not only for people with disabilities or the elderly in homecare. As part of the exercise, the student will be able to test some assistive technologies in a telemedicine apartment, where his infrastructure will allow students to engage students directly in measurement and use of assistive technologies in practice.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations


Students will be able to understand various forms of assistive technologies and their relation to disability. They will be able to explain the interaction between people and machines, to distinguish the different methods and principles of assistive technologies and their impact on the improvement of life. A. Demonstrate understanding of the link between the service

Compulsory literature:

ROBITAILLE, Suzanne. The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology and Devices: Tools and Gadgets for Living Independently: Easyread Super Large 18pt Edition. ReadHowYouWant. com, 2010. MIESENBERGER, Klaus, et al. (ed.). Computers Helping People with Special Needs: 11th International Conference, ICCHP 2008, Linz, Austria, July 9-11, 2008, Proceedings. Springer, 2008.

Recommended literature:

MIESENBERGER, Klaus, et al. (ed.). Computers Helping People with Special Needs: 11th International Conference, ICCHP 2008, Linz, Austria, July 9-11, 2008, Proceedings. Springer, 2008.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

1 credit test in mid-semester, 1 practical laboratory test at the end of the semester, written exam


Other requirements

další požadavky na studenta nejsou kladeny


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Introductory lesson • Introduction to Assistive Technology and eHealth, a description of individual disabilities in relation to assistive technologies 2. eHealthcare / Electronic Information in Assistive Technology • Standards, terminology, standards for information exchange, usability and evaluation, use of health statistics, differentiation of needs of different health care providers with respect to electronic health records, organization responsibility, measurement methods (from conventional to more advanced), accuracy GDPR 3-4. Basic measurement concepts in assistive technologies • Position, motion, power, electrical signals, color detection, voice recognition, power consumption, and more 5. Basic concept of feedback technology - biofeedback • Visual, auditory and vibrational, feedback and communication between different electronic devices 6. Mobile and wearable applications in healthcare • Understanding and evaluating currently available wearable devices and smartphones and their applications to evaluate and promote health for the health and the disabled, healthcare applications against non-health 7-8. Innovative Healthcare Applications / Software and Hardware • Rehabilitation engineering including assistive technologies, prostheses and orthotics, medical imaging, biosensors, social networks and communication virtual reality, virtual reality technology and healthcare applications 9. ICT for Enabling Technologies • Assistive technology for people with hearing, visual impairment and fine motor disorder and in general any motor - paralysis 10. Assistive technology to increase the self-sufficiency of the disabled person • Mechanical means, electrical equipment for support of daily activities, systems of automation of households 11. Basic knowledge of bioinformatics and informatics in the field of public health • Application of computing techniques for managing and analyzing biological data, trends influencing the field of medical informatics and their impact on the structure, behavior and interaction of systems that store, process and communicate information.   12. Machine Learning and Data Analysis / Adaptive Tools • Automatic image enhancement, detection, segmentation, registration and basic information about AI and its application in medical image analyzes, current and future trends in healthcare information technology applications. 13. Clinical Decision Support Systems / Assistive Technology • Clinical decision-making process, categories of clinical decision support systems, knowledge-based and knowledge-free systems, active, semi-active and passive systems 14. Current trends in eHealthcare and assistive technologies in other applications • Fitness gadgets, wellbeing Exercises • Home automation of lighting, humidity setting • Position tracking and fall detection - physical activity of persons in the apartment • Emergency buttons, tracking residents' apartment manifestations • Monitoring of biological signals for assistive technologies • ICT for the Disabled • Organized home rehabilitation with biofeedback • Fitness gadget • Testing the practical skills of working with AT in a test apartment. • Behavioral analysis based on electricity consumption in an apartment

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
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Graded credit Graded credit 100  51 3
Mandatory attendence participation: maximální dovolená neúčast na cvičeních je 20 %/ the maximum leave of absence is 20 %

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Conditions for subject completion and attendance at the exercises within ISP: : Splnění všech povinných úkolů v individuálně dohodnutých termínech./Completion of all mandatory tasks within individually agreed deadlines

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2023/2024 (B0714A060019) Biomedical Assistive Technology P English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2022/2023 (B0714A060019) Biomedical Assistive Technology P English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2021/2022 (B0714A060019) Biomedical Assistive Technology P English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (B0714A060019) Biomedical Assistive Technology P English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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