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Design of Assistive Technologies 2022

Enrollment is Closed

About This Course

BWSI Assistive Technology will help students develop skill for product design, rapid prototyping, and product testing in the context of building a technology solution for people living with disabilities. We will tackle real problems faced by people in the Greater Boston Area, and learn to work with the end users, stepping through the engineering design process together to come up with personalized, creative solutions.

Before arriving on campus students will be required to complete an online course introducing assistive technology, product design, and specific technical skills. The course will introduce students to key math, science, and engineering concepts that will be required on day one. The latter portion of the online course will be an open-ended design activity that will integrate the lessons on design thinking and the technical skills they learned in the earlier portions of the course. The online course will consist of the following modules: - What is assistive technology? - Design thinking - Design processes - Technical skills development - Open-ended design activity


This online course is introductory and provides the background material that is required for enrollment in the summer program.

Important Dates

  • Jan. 15: Enrollment opens
  • Feb. 1: Course starts
  • March 31: Applications for summer due [Modules 1-3 must be completed]
  • Apr. 30: Applicants notified of summer acceptance

Course Staff

Hosea Siu

Hosea Siu is a member of the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. His technical work is focused on robotics and artificial intelligence, particularly in the areas of human exoskeleton development and parallel autonomy for human-robot teaming. He has been involved with the assistive technology community at MIT for a number of years, and helps organize the MIT Assistive Technology Hackathon every year.

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