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Human Factors & Aging Lab Presents at HFES Conference


Tina Nie and Kenneth Blocker (pictured) presented a collaborative research effort entitled "User Insights for Design of an Antihypertensive Medication Management Application" and represented the Human Factors & Aging Laboratory at the 2018 HFES conference held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

Lyndsie Koon Represents Lab at NASPSPA and RESNA National Conferences


Lyndsie Koon, Ph.D represented the Human Factors & Aging Laboratory presenting work on the ACCESS study at both the North American Society for Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) and Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) national conferences held in Denver, CO and Washington, D.C. respectively.  ‘Understanding Exercise Challenges & Responses for Adults Aging with a Mobility Impairment​’ and ‘Developing a Feasibility Study for a Tele-Technology Group Exercise Class for Adults Aging with Mobility Impairments’ titled her talks as she shared results from interviews among adults aging with a mobility impairment in regard to their challenges, and response to the challenges associated with engaging in exercise as well as discussed the potential benefits of using tele-technology (e.g., Skype, OneClick) to support remote group exercise for adults aging with mobility impairments. 

Dr. Rogers and Human Factors and Aging Lab Member Team up with OneClick.Chat


Dr. Wendy Rogers, Dr. Raksha Mudar, associate professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, and members of both professor's labs will partner with on a study of the web-based video chat platform’s ability to enhance social connections and engagement among older adults. was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging.’s CEO Dillon Myers says the research team will pilot the platform with adults over the age of 70, including adults with early signs of cognitive impairment. His goal is to understand the unique design needs of older adults at risk for social isolation in order to adapt’s video technology.
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Dr. Wendy Rogers Featured in Recent American Psychological Association Monitor


Dr. Wendy Rogers and Dr. Richard Pak were featured in the July/August 2018 APA Monitor issue 
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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.