Technology for Healthy Aging

Kauai, Hawaii, USA

January 6, 2016

As society and technology advance, there is a growing interest in adding intelligence to our living, working, and social environments. Due primarily to the population's aging, the number of individuals unable to live independently in their homes because of cognitive and physical limitations is rising rapidly. Researchers are now beginning to recognize the importance of developing new technologies to assist with health assessment and interventions for these special needs populations. According to the Secretary of State for Health, the possibilities for using technology to assist people with special needs are "extraordinary."

Although the need for health-assistive technologies is abundant, individuals who are cross-trained in healthcare and in technology design are not. Today's medical program graduates are largely unaware of the assistance that technology can provide and engineers are often blind to the needs of the individuals that can potentially benefit most from the technology. The National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine recognize a need for a closer partnership to span the gap between these disciplines.

Into this gap enters gerontechnology, a field that focuses on the design of technology to understand and support healthy aging. This is a multidisciplinary area that spans computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, medicine, publish health, and psychology. Because we are increasingly aware of the aging population and fueled by advances in pervasive computing and machine learning, this field has recently attracted a large number of researchers.

We invite papers that focus on, but not limited to:

  • Telehealth and telemedicine
  • Social network support for older adults
  • Mobility and rehabilitation technologies
  • Pervasive health monitoring and assessment
  • Engineering health interventions
  • Social care robots
  • Engineering compensatory strategies
  • Exercise and fitness technologies
  • Assistive technologies and devices
  • Designing interfaces for older adults
  • Gerontechnology curriculum development
  • Gerontechnology curriculum delivery

To submit a paper, see the HICSS-49 Call for Papers.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission: June 15, 2015

Acceptance/Rejection: August 16, 2015

Conference Begins: January 5, 2016

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Aaron CrandallDiane CookMaureen Schmitter-Edgecombe
Washington State UniversityWashington State UniversityWashington State University


National Institutes of Health
National Science Foundation
Smart Environments Research Center
Center for Advanced Studies in Adaptive Systems
Washington State University