Aplied Science and Engineering Laboratories

About the ASEL


ASEL's mission is to facilitate greater opportunities for individuals with disabilities through comprehensive assistive technology research, outreach, and information programs. The overarching goal is to support people with disabilities as they pursue their educational, vocational, and independent living goals.


Collectively, ASEL is the Applied Science & Engineering Laboratories of the the duPont Hospital for Children and the University of Delaware. Further support comes from:
  • The U.S. Department of Education
    • National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
    • Rehabilitation Services Administration
  • The Department of Commerce
  • National Institute of Health
    • Public Health Service
  • The National Science Foundation
  • The State of Delaware
  • The Nemours Foundation
  • Corporate Support
    • Microsoft Corporation
    • Prentke Romich Comany
Individual grant numbers are listed with each project.


ASEL collaborates with many educational institutions in its research work. Some of those collaborations include:
  • The University of Delaware
    • Department of Computer and Information Science
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Department of Electrical Engineering
    • Department of Biomechanics and Movement Science
    • Department of Linguistics
  • The University of Pennsylvania
  • Drexel University


The staff of ASEL brings expertise from a wide range of disciplines. Senior ASEL staff hold faculty appointments in Computer and Information Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Educational Studies, Linguistics, and Physical Education at the University of Delaware and Delaware State University. Faculty and graduate students from these departments are active participants in ASEL research projects. These projects also find collaborators among A. I. duPont Institute Hospital for Children departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Neurology, and Orthopedics.

The Laboratories

ASEL operate a 12,000 sq. ft. research facility at the the duPont Hospital for Children. Research is supported by a centralized computer network that includes Sun Microsystems workstations, microcomputers (486, Pentium, and Macintosh), and Silicon Graphics Indigo, Indy, and Crimson graphics workstations.

Specialized laboratories include a speech processing facility with a sound booth and audio recording and digital signal processing equipment, a robotics laboratory with a number of six degree of freedom manipulators, as well as several force-reflecting input systems, a gesture laboratory with a pair of Cybergloves and Ascension position and orientation sensors, and a natural language laboratory with graphics processing and virtual reality equipment.


ASEL is located on the grounds of the duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. ASEL is justs 20 miles south of the Philadelphia International Airport and 60 miles north of Baltimore, Maryland, via Interstate 95.


URL of this document: http://www.asel.udel.edu/about/
Last updated: September 11, 1996
Copyright © Applied Science and Engineering Laboratories, 1996.