David A. Ross, M.S.E.E., M.Ed. is a Rehabilitation Research Engineer with 30 years of experience devoted to the design of assistive technology for veterans experiencing vision loss. Over the past 14 years he has been developing technology to support the everyday activities of Veterans with vision loss, with a special emphasis on Orientation and Mobility (O&M) needs related to the navigation of indoor and outdoor environments. Research projects in this area of interest have included: (1) An Integrated Wearable Computer for Orientation and Wayfinding, (2) Talking Braille to make Braille signage accessible at a distance, (3) an Emergency Egress system that employs transmitting Exit Sign lights that send messages to users' smart phones directing them to the nearest exit, (4) a 3D sound Virtual Reality system for training street crossing techniques in a safe environment, (5) and an indoor GPS-like navigation system using RFID floors. In addition, Ross has conducted smart phone accessibility trials to develop smart phone accessibility guidelines, collaborated in the development of object recognition apps for smart phones including the development of Money Reader, and conducted machine vision trials for indoor wayfinding.

Research Interests:

The development of strategies and technologies for Veterans with visual impairment that will help them more easily perform daily activities, orient to their surrounding environment, maintain situational awareness, and travel independently and safely in their home community.

Ross DA & Mancil GL (1997) Design and Evaluation of Liquid Crystal (LC) Dark-Adapting Eyeglasses for Persons with Low Vision. Optometry and Vision Science.  74 (12s): p 128.

Ross DA & Sanford JA (1997) The Wearable Computer as a Remote Interface for People with Disabilities.  International Symposium on Wearable Computers. Cambridge, MA, Oct ‘97. IEEE Press.

Ross DA (1998) Wearable Computers as a Virtual Environment Interface for People with Visual Impairment. Virtual Reality 3:212-221. Springer-Verlag, London Ltd.

Ross DA & Blasch BB (2000) Evaluation of Orientation Interfaces for Wearable Computers. Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) 2000, Atlanta, GA, October 16-17, 2000.

Ross DA & Blasch BB (2000) Wearable Interfaces for Orientation and Wayfinding. Proceedings of ASSETS 2000, Washington, DC, November 13-15, 2000.

Ross DA (2001) "Implementing assistive technology on wearable computers" IEEE Intelligent Systems. IEEE Press, May-June 2001, pp. 2-8. 

Ross DA & Blasch BB (2001)  "Development of a Wearable Computer Orientation System" IEEE Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, June, 2001.

Ross DA & Blasch BB (2002) Development of a wearable computer orientation system IEEE Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 6:49-63

Ross DA, Gandy M, and Starner TE (2003) "Universal Design: Lessons for Wearable Computing" IEEE Pervasive Computing, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 19 - 23.

Ross DA (2004) Cyber Crumbs for Successful Aging with Vision Loss. IEEE Pervasive Computing, Special Edition on Technology for Succeesful Aging, (April-June), Vol 3, No. 2, pp. 30-35.

Ross DA, Sanford SA, Lloyd A, Brandon LJ (2004) Predicting Oxygen Uptake in Older Adults Using Lower Extremity Accelerometer Measures.  Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, Nov-Dec'04.

Ross DA, Brandon LJ, Sanford SA, Lloyd A, Brandon LJ. (2005) Predicting Oxygen Uptake in Older Adults Using Lower Extremity Accelerometer Measures.  Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, November-December 2004; Vol. 41. No. 6A, 861-870.

Ross DA & Lightman A (2005) Talking Braille: A Wireless Ubiquitous Computing Network for Orientation and Wayfinding. Full paper published in proceedings of Assets2005, Baltimore, MD, October 11, 2005, pp. 98-105.

Ross DA & Kelly GW (2009) Leveling the playing field for people with visual impairments. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. 103:4 pp 229-234.

Ross DA (2009) Importance of information selectivity in navigating the community. AER Journal. Summer 2009 (2:3), pp. 121-127.

Ross DA & Kelly GW (2009) Cell phone accessibility evaluation study for persons with visual impairments. Mobile Wireless Emergency Alerting—Special Edition. December, 2009.

David Ross

Phone: (404) 321-6111 x 6817
Fax: (404) 728-4837
Email: ross0128@bellsouth.net


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