Dr. David J. ReinkensmeyerDr. David J. Reinkensmeyer received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge in 1988, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991 and 1993, with dissertation work on human control of hand movements and robotic devices for movement therapy after stroke. He was a postdoctoral fellow then research assistant professor in the Sensory Motor Performance Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Medical School from 1994 - 1998. He joined U.C. Irvine in 1998 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Articles Contributed

  • Kinect-Wheelchair Interface Controlled (KWIC) Robotic Trainer for Powered Mobility

    By Daniel K. Zondervan and David J. Reinkensmeyer

    It is important that children with disabilities have the ability to learn how to use a powered wheelchair. The Kinectâ„¢-Wheelchair Interface Controlled (KWIC) Trainer is an intelligent powered wheelchair training device that can convert a manual wheelchair into a powered wheelchair and allow a caregiver to use natural gesture commands to assist a child being trained. This allows a caregiver to train any child in a safe, natural, and effective way that is engaging and intuitive for both the child and the caregiver.

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