Definition: Gerontechnology is a portmanteau (Gerontology and Technology) that refers to a class of technologies that can help in aging comfortably.
Narrative: At West Virginia University (USA), we put together an interdisciplinary group including Electrical Engineers, Computer Scientists, Computer Engineers, Medical and Healthcare Professionals and Social Workers to create a realistic testbed to showcase integrated solutions that can be scaled-up by start-up companies using a wide variety of resources available at the University and elsewhere. In addition, we expect this testbed to serve as a Collaboratory to enable participation from institutions around the world. We believe this project can have a profound impact on people by showcasing technologies that can enhance quality of living not only by delaying the need for institutional care but also reducing social costs associated with caring for people facing physical and cognitive challenges.
We envision a living space equipped with a variety of sensors and computer applications to become aware of the needs, wants and wishes of the residents and provide Intelligent Assistance unobtrusively. We have created a living space in a laboratory environment known as RANIA House (Residents Aware Network for Intelligent Assistance) to develop, test and showcase a variety of technology solutions that are developed at West Virginia University as well as those contributed by collaborating organizations.
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List of Faculty and other Collaborators:
West Virginia University
WVU Statler College of Engineering
Prof. Ramana Reddy, Director
Prof. Powsiri Klinkhachorn
Dr. Sumitra Reddy
Prof. Ed Sneckenberger
WVU School of Social Work
Prof. Deana Morrow
Prof. Kristina Hash
WVU Department of Psychology
Prof. Julie Patrick
WVU Davis College
Gloria S. Oporto-Velasquez
Dr. Suresh Kulkarni - Rocket Scientist and Member of the Board of Directors of a Community Hospital
Diane McLaren Kulkarni - A Perfect Home to Age-in-Place - An Experiential Perspective
Dr. Layth Sliman - EFREI School of Engineering, Paris ; Ocular Guided Robotized Wheel Chair
The Village at Heritage Point
This is a retirement community near the Evansdale Campus of West Virginia University that provides different levels of assistance to its residents based on their needs. We have created a focus group of residents, who agreed to provide real-world feedback on the various projects. This feedback will be used to design the various applications and ensure their real-world relevancy.
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