AgeLab researchers Shabnam FakhrHosseini, PhD, Chaiwoo Lee, PhD, and Taylor Patskanick, LCSW, MPH, presented at the 21st International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII) in Orlando, Florida. They participated in a session titled “Emerging Technologies in an Aging Society,” part of the IT for the Aged Population Conference, which is one of many affiliated conferences that together form HCII.
Dr. FakhrHosseini presented a paper titled “Smarter Homes for Older Adults: Building a Framework around Types and Levels of Autonomy,” which explores the proliferation of new technologies in the home, reviews existing taxonomies, and discusses the need for a standardized categorization of “home autonomy” levels akin to frameworks utilized for robots and autonomous vehicles.
Ms. Patskanick reviewed findings from a paper titled “Mapping the Future of Hearables: Lessons from Online and the ‘Oldest Old’ Consumers.” This paper utilized findings from the MIT AgeLab Lifestyle Leaders Panel in tandem with data obtained from online reviews to deliver a picture of consumer attitudes toward hearing-assistive devices among older adults.
Dr. Lee chaired the session and delivered a paper titled “The Oldest Olds’ Perceptions of Social Robots,” which leveraged findings from the MIT AgeLab’s Lifestyle Leaders Panel to explore the attitudes of adults ages 85 and older toward machines that are designed to socially interact with humans.