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Human Factors & Aging Lab Presents at HFES-Health Conference

Kenny Blocker, Maurita Harris, and Rachel Stuck

April 9, 2018

Members of the Human Factors & Aging Laboratory recently presented at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) - Health conference held in Boston, Ma on March 26th-28th.  Pictured are Kenny Blocker, Maurita Harris, and Rachel Stuck, all members of the lab. 

Dr. Rogers and Kenneth Blocker co-author chapter in newly released book

April 6, 2018

Dr. Wendy Rogers, laboratory director, and Kenneth Blocker, graduate student, have been featured in the new book entitled Aging, Technology, and Health edited by Richard Pak and Anne Collins-McLaughlin.  Rogers and Blocker co-authored a chapter in this book that takes a case study approach focusing on how older adults use technology for health and issues of technology adoption, basic human factors, cognitive aging, mental health and automaton. 
Aging, Technology, and Health is now available on Amazon.

Dr. Rogers Interviewed for the BBC's "The Digital Human" Podcast

March 5, 2018

The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory's Dr. Wendy Rogers was interviewed by BBC's Aleks Krotoski for The Digital Human podcast and discussed the laboratory's work related to human-robot interaction and older adults.  The episode is free so click here to listen!

Collaborations to Adapt Home Energy Technologies to Support Aging in Place

January 27, 2018

The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory is part of a team of researchers that include Eastern Illinois University’s School of Family & Consumer Sciences, Sustainable Community Development, LLC, and the University of Illinois’ Indoor Climate Research & Training Group that were awarded a grant from the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF) to adapt home energy technology to allow for better again in place for senior consumers. The team will be working to provide materials and a training program for installers on serving the senior community more specifically and successfully. 

Congratulations to Kenny Blocker

Kenny receives the Arnold Small Award

October 11, 2017

Kenneth Blocker was awarded the Arnold Small Award at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Aging TG business meeting. His Human Factors and Ergonomics Society sumbission, "Understanding the Medicatoin Adherence Strategies of Older Adults with Hypertension," was rated very positively across three reviewers as well as the final review performed by the program chair. Congratulations to Kenny for winning the best paper award from the Aging TG!

Rogers and McGlynn Welcomed at IBM Aging-in-Place Lab

A picture of Rogers and McGlynn at the IBM Aging-in-Place Lab.

October 10, 2017

Wendy Rogers and Sean McGlynn were welcomed at the IBM Aging-in-Place lab in Austin, TX Tuesday morning. They met with Susann Keohane who is Global Research Leader, Strategic Initiative on Aging.

Congratulations to Dr. Lyndsie Koon

September 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Lyndsie Koon! She is the Co-Principal Investigator on a Pilot Grant Project from the Collaborations in Health, Aging, Research, and Technology (CHART), with Dr. RS Sreenivas in the Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering Department. The title of their grant is Examining the Facilitators and Barriers to Using Digital Home Assistants for Older Adults.

Rachel Stuck Presents at PETRA

A picture of Rachel presenting

June 23, 2017

Rachel Stuck presented "Understanding Older Adults' Perceptions of Factors that Support Trust in Human and Robot Care Providers" at the Assistive Robots: Technological Challenges and the User Perspective Workshop at the 10th International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments on June 23rd, 2017 in Rhodes, Greece. The conference program can be found here.

Ranjani Sundaresan Receives Undergraduate Research Award

A picture of Ranjani

June 2017

Ranjani Sundaresan received a President's Undergraduate Research Award which will support her future research on Spatial Presence in Virtual Reality during the Fall 2017 semester. Ranjani is a second year undergraduate Psychology major at Georgia Tech. This research will be done in collaboration with Sean McGlynn on his dissertation project.

Sean McGlynn Receives Travel Awards

Sean McGlynn

June 2017

Sean McGlynn recently received a 2017 American Psychological Association (APA) Student Travel Award for his submission on Spatial Presence in Virtual Reality. He was also selected to receive the Ungerleider/Zimbardo Travel Scholarship, which was awarded by the American Psychological Foundation to the top seven submissions. Sean will be presenting this research at the 2017 APA Conference in Washington, DC.