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TechSAge State of the Science Conference 2022

Welcome to the 2022 TechSAge State of the Science Conference page. This hybrid event was held May 4 - 5, 2022 in-person at the Illini Center in Chicago, IL and online. The conference highlighted research advances and priorities in technologies to support people aging with disability. Sessions focused on our four areas of research: Maintain Health and Wellness; Enhance Connectivity and Community Mobility; Support Safety and Independence in Everyday Home Activities; and Facilitate Caregiving.

Watch recorded conference sessions and view TechSAge Showcase videos and posters.

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Recorded Conference Sessions

Health and Wellness


  • Socio-Technical Approaches to Maintaining Health and Wellness: Elizabeth Mynatt, Ph.D., Dean of the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University (recording not available due to technical difficulties; view presentation slides).
  • Soft and Dexterous Robot Configurations to Support Healthcare for Older Adults: Girish Krishnan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
  • Inclusive Healthcare Policy & Advocacy: Advancing Equity for People with Disabilities and Older Adults Through Managed Care: Merrill Friedman, B.A., Regional Vice President of Inclusive Policy and Advocacy, Anthem, Inc.

Enhance Connectivity and Community Mobility


  • Community Connections: Katie Perumbeti, M.S., Lifelong Communities Coordinator, Aging & Independence Services at Atlanta Regional Commission.
  • Federal Transportation Policies and Programs for Adults Aging with Disabilities: Complexities, Gaps, & Implications for Community Mobility: Margaret Campbell, Ph.D., Owner, Campbell & Associates Consulting; Retired, Senior Scientist Planning and Policy Support, NIDILRR.
  • Increasing Social Connectivity, Networking, and Participation with People Aging with Stroke during COVID: Joy Hammel, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Professor, Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois Chicago; Emily Kringle, Ph.D., Visiting Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Support Safety and Independence in Everyday Home Activities


  • Looking Back to Move Forward: What We Do and Do Not Know About Using Technology to Support Everyday Activities Among People Aging with Multiple Sclerosis: Marcia Finlayson, Ph.D.,Vice-Dean of Health Sciences and Director of School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University.
  • Technology to Support Fall Prevention and Management Among Individuals Who Use Wheelchairs or Scooters: Laura Rice, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
  • The Post-COVID Outlook for The Digital Home: Michael Phillips, B.A., Technology Strategy and Relationships Director, AARP.

Facilitate Caregiving


  • Leveraging Technology as a Tool to Facilitate Caregiving: Amy Eisenstein, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, RRF Foundation for Aging.
  • Care Coordination Innovation: Telehealth for Caregivers and People Aging with Disability Care Coordination Innovation: Telehealth for Caregivers and People Aging with Disability: Sarah Ruiz, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
  • Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) to Guide Development of Environmental Interventions to Support Caregiving Activities: Su Jin (Susan) Lee, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Georgia State University.

TechSAge Showcase

Discover TechSAge research, development, and training projects. Click on each project to view demos, posters, and more.

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User Needs

Telewellness Technologies

Tools to Measure Gait Speed

Monitoring & Managing Wheelchair Falls


Steady Wheels

Tools for Connected Home Technologies

Training & Design Competitions

Voice-Activated Digital Assistants

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