Integrative Training in Health-Assistive Smart Environments

Past IGERT Speakers

March 11, 2014 Socially Assistive Robotics: Hands-Off Human-Robot Interaction in Healthcare Domains Elaine Short

Socially assistive robotics is a novel approach to providing care to older adults, children with developmental challenges and those with disabilities or chronic illnesses.  The work of the Interaction Lab focuses on developing robot-based technologies for hands-off social interaction in assistive contexts, working towards therapeutic goals.

February 6, 2014 Designing and Implementing Healthcare Technology for Seniors Jason Zamer

Competing points of view and gaps in communication in caregiving result in a complexity that leads seniors to lose their independence, and eventually move into a nursing home or go to the hospital. They spend far more time and money in these settings then they would need to if we took a more holistic approach to the process of aging. Raising senior population and healthcare costs create a greater necessity for improvement in current models of senior housing and care.

October 10, 2013 User Modeling in Social and Mobile Computing Dr. Qiang Yang

The ever-growing social media and mobile computing platforms provide invaluable sources of information for modeling the behavior of users. High-quality user models enable superior services and functions for end users. In this talk, I will present several examples of user modeling based on social networks and social media. I will first describe our research in modeling users' information preferences on Microblogs using a novel user message model.

September 10, 2013 Leveraging Social Science and Artificial Intelligence to Improve Wellness through a Mobile Smart Phone Platform Dr. G. Michael Youngblood


February 15, 2013 Context-aware Prompting and Executive Function Assistance for Cognitive Impairment using Sensors and Mobile Devices Rich Levinson


November 29, 2012 A Neuropsychological Model of Everyday Action Impairment: Implications for Assessment and Interventions with Older Adults Dr. Tania Giovannetti

Relative to our understanding of the memory and language deficits associated with dementia and mild cognitive impairment, little is known about problems with everyday action performance (e.g., meal preparation, grooming). To date, much of the clinical research has relegated everyday functioning as an outcome variable, and the experimental work on object knowledge and action sequencing has failed to influence clinical practice.