Distinguished Speaker George Demiris visits UMBC

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Time: 10 am
Location: ITE 459

Title: Participatory Design in Gerontology: Creating Tools for Older Adults and their Families

Abstract: With emerging technologies, new personal health tools are designed that have the potential to support older adults to remain independent in the resident of their choice, and to empower older adults and their families to play an active role in managing their health. This talk will provide a discussion of various ongoing and completed research initiatives examining the role of sensor-based passive monitoring systems that create smart home solutions for older adults, the design of personal health portals for older adults and their families, and the use of digital conversational agents to address social isolation. We will highlight practical and ethical implications as well as a framework to examine the obtrusiveness of such technologies.

Short Bio: George Demiris is a PIK (Penn Integrates Knowledge) University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania with joint appointments in Biobehavioral Health Sciences in the School of Nursing and in Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics in the Perelman School of Medicine. His research interests focus on the design, implementation and evaluation of informatics systems to engage and empower older adults and their families, and tools to facilitate a redesign of home health and hospice care. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, he was a faculty member at the University of Washington where he directed the Clinical Informatics and Patient Centered Technologies Program and the Aging and Informatics Training Program. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and the Gerontological Society of America.

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