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TechSAge State of the Science Conference 2022

Welcome to the TechSAge State of the Science Conference: May 4 - 5, 2022. This is a hybrid event in-person at the Illini Center in Chicago, IL and online. This two-day event highlights research advances and priorities in technologies to support people aging with disability. Sessions focus on our four areas of research:

  • Support Safety and Independence in Everyday Home Activities;
  • Maintain Health and Wellness;
  • Enhance Connectivity and Community Mobility;
  • and Facilitate Caregiving


Wednesday, May 4

Welcome & Introduction
1 - 1:15 PM CT
TechSAge Project Directors (Jon Sanford, M.Arch., Wendy Rogers, Ph.D., & Tracy Mitzner, Ph.D.)

Maintain Health and Wellness
1:15 - 2:45 PM CT


  • Elizabeth Mynatt, Ph.D. “Socio-Technical Approaches to Maintaining Health and Wellness”
  • Girish Krishnan, Ph.D. “Soft and Dexterous Robot Configurations to Support Healthcare for Older Adults”
  • Merrill Friedman, B.A. “Inclusive Healthcare Policy & Advocacy: Advancing Equity for People with Disabilities and Older Adults Through Managed Care"

TechSAge Showcase 
3 - 5 PM CT

For in-person attendees: Reception with TechSAge posters and demonstrations on display. 

For virtual attendees: Showcase content available at bottom of this page.

Conference Dinner (For In-Person Attendees)
6:30 PM CT

Thursday, May 5

Breakfast (For In-Person Attendees)

Introduction & Opening Remarks
9:30 - 9:45 AM CT

Amy Lulich, MHA Senior Policy Advisor, Illinois Department on Aging

Enhance Connectivity and Community Mobility
9:45 - 11:15 AM CT


  • Katie Perumbeti, M.S. “Community Connections”
  • Margaret Campbell, Ph.D. “Federal Transportation Policies and Programs for Adults Aging with Disabilities: Complexities, Gaps, & Implications for Community Mobility”
  • Joy Hammel, Ph.D. and Emily Kringle, Ph.D. “Increasing Social Connectivity, Networking, and Participation with People Aging with Stroke during COVID”

Support Safety and Independence in Everyday Home Activities
11:30 - 1 PM CT


  • Marcia Finlayson, Ph.D. "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”
  • Laura Rice, Ph.D. “Technology to Support Fall Prevention and Management Among Individuals Who Use Wheelchairs or Scooters”
  • Michael Phillips, B.A. "The Post-COVID Outlook for The Digital Home"

Lunch (For In-Person Attendees)
1 - 2 PM CT
Facilitate Caregiving
2 - 3:30 PM CT


  • Amy Eisenstein, Ph.D. “Leveraging Technology as a Tool to Facilitate Caregiving”
  • Sarah Ruiz, Ph.D. “Care Coordination Innovation: Telehealth for Caregivers and People Aging with Disability"
  • Su Jin (Susan) Lee, Ph.D. “Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) to Guide Development of Environmental Interventions to Support Caregiving Activities”

Closing Remarks
3:30 - 4 PM CT

TechSAge Project Directors (Jon Sanford, M.Arch., Wendy Rogers, Ph.D., & Tracy Mitzner, Ph.D.)

Team & Advisory Board Dinner
6:30 PM CT

TechSAge Showcase

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

View Content by Project

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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