• Transport and Mobility




The movement of a person with reduced mobility (PRM) in a wheelchair appears highly dependent on the environment. The urban context is often poorly or poorly adapted to this type of population, with characteristics often defined in a generic way, while disabilities can be very varied.
A research tool such as PSCHITT-PMR can, for example, evaluate the impact of an infrastructure on a movement, quantify the difficulty of locomotion of the person in the wheelchair in this environment or prototype and evaluate mobility assistance systems.

On the technical level, this immersive platform is composed of a roller bench reproducing the real movement and an instrumented wheelchair onboard a dynamic platform with 6 d.d.l. Visual and sound immersion is ensured via an embedded video rendering system (180° horizontal and 60° vertical displays) and multi-channel audio.
The simulation of the environment is performed via the SCANeR Studio tool developed by AVSimulation.

This equipment is part of the regional platform PMR-Lab of CPER RITMEA.


  • Jean-Christophe POPIEUL
    Scientific manager
  • Gérald CONREUR
    Technical manager
  • Thierry POULAIN
    Technical manager


Le Mont Houy
59313 Valenciennes Cedex



Effectif total : 14



• Study and modelling of PRMs
• Design, prototyping and evaluation of advanced travel assistance systems
• Virtual reality
• Scripting
• Design and implementation of experimental protocols
• Instrumentations

Example(s) of projects

QBA-FRM , Capacities

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

CERAH (Institution nationale des Invalides), IBHGC (ENSAM Paris), IRISA (ENS Rennes)

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients


Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Health / wellness
  • Personal services / services to individuals
  • Science / Research

Consulting services

Consulting services on all our skills



Nom Modèle Marque
6-axis mobile base Rexroth/
Manual/Instrumented Power Chair Invacare, Autonomad
Wheelchair Roller Bench Medical Developpement
Motion Capture System VICON
Acquisition and Control System National Instruments, MATLAB-Simulink
Audio-Video Recording System HikVision, Lindy, Antrica


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France (UPHF)

Unit(s) of attachment


Competitive cluster

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Transport and Mobility
    • Access to mobility, travel modes
    • Intelligent transportation systems