UW-CREATe engages in a variety of research and design projects aimed at providing additional independence to individuals with disabilities. Please find links to our major research labs and a few of our undergraduate research projects listed below.

Bone and Joint Biomechanics Lab
Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab
Tactile Communication and Neurorehabilitation
Robotics and Intelligent Systems Lab


Electra Lift will design a seat tilt mechanism while maintaining the current functionality and minimum standards of the chair. The seat will tilt forward 40 – 45 degrees to assist the rider in standing once he or she is ready to dismount and will have a weight capacity ranging from 80 pounds to 420 pounds. The design of the tilt mechanism will be integrated into the seat so that it fits within the constraints of the current seat envelope. This feature will differentiate stairlift seats from the other seats on the market, giving them a competitive advantage.

ROAM’s goal for fall semester 2013 is to begin the development of a high performance hockey sled for Brad Roethlisberger and the Wisconsin Skeeters Sled Hockey Team. The sled must improve upon current designs by offering increased, two-degree-of-freedom adjustability of the blades, a seat design that will fit players between the ages of 6 and 22 years old, and nose length that can accommodate players ranging from able-bodied to paraplegic. Additionally, the sled must be low weight, aesthetically pleasing, durable, and affordable for recreational programs. This semester ROAM will focus on the design of an adjustable blade system.

This semester, Bottoms Up! plans to create an assistive chair that has the ability to raise and lower its seat to the ground to enable clients to reenter the chair from the floor and to raise themselves to the desired height. In order to address issues with the current design, the electrical components will be mounted to the chair’s frame, armrests that do not interfere with the vertical movement of the chair will be manufactured and installed, a tighter fit between the mounting brackets and the guiderails will be achieved, a mechanism creating the proper seat dump angle will be implemented, and a pair of footrests will be installed. Pictures of the wheelchair from different angles can be seen to the left.

Page Updated: March 16, 2015
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