Germain Lemasson - Interaction Animal-Machine : Dispositif connecté pour chien d'assistance

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Germain Lemasson
Germain Lemasson


Membres du jury

  • M. Josep Lluis DE LA ROSA, professeur à l’Université de Gérone, rapporteur
  • M. Pierre BLAZEVIC, professeur à l'Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, rapporteur
  • Mme Sylvie PESTY, professeur à l’Université Grenoble Alpes
  • M. Philippe LUCIDARME, maître de conférences à l'Université d'Angers, co-encadrant de thèse
  • M. Dominique DUHAUT, professeur à l’Université Bretagne Sud, directeur de thèse

Dogs are the best friends of people and return them numerous services. The Handi'Chiens association trains assistance dogs for persons with reduced mobility. These dogs help disabled people in their daily lives and a strong socializing impact.  People quickly feel dependent on their dog, and by fear of losing it despite its rigorous training, might not leave it enough freedom which results in negative consequences on its health.
This work answers the question "How to improve the situation of the dog, with current technology, by increasing communication between a service dog and his handler with disabilities?"
To address this issue, several electronic harnesses and collars prototypes have been developed and successfully tested. Experiments have shown that a dog is able to respond to commands from an electronic device, even in the absence of its handler. To allow people with disabilities to control such devices, an accessible mobile interface has also been developed and tested.