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Gardener holding shears and pointing at his garden

Intergenerational Skill Sharing

This project investigates how to design technology for sharing embodied skills between generations. We are currently studying this topic in the context of gardening, an activity practised by an estimated 42 million US households for a variety of economic, social, and health motivations across age groups.

Team: Teja Maddali
Pubs: CHI '20'
Woman looking at paper prototype, which is a set of instructions on a piece of cardboard.

Technology and Dementia

The goal of this project is to design and develop technologies with and for people with dementia that are enjoyable, relevant, and accessible. We are conducting interviews, observations, focus groups, usability tests, and co-design, with a particular focus on meaningful activities.

Team: Emma Dixon, Jesse Anderson
Pubs: CHI '19, '20; CSCW '19'; Assets '20
Funding: Grant 90REGE0008, U.S. Admin. for Community Living, NIDILRR, Dept. of Health & Human Services.


Cartoon drawing of a voice assistant

Aging with Voice Technologies

Older adults are increasingly adopting commercially available smart speakers like Amazon Echo or Google Home. By understanding older individuals’ current usage, perceptions, and preferences around such technologies, this work explores how these technologies can be customized to better support aging in place.

Team: Alisha Pradhan, Shaan Chopra, James Gallier, Katie Siek, Ben Jelen
Pubs: CSCW '19, TOCHI '19
Funding: National Science Foundation award #1816145.
Participant sitting at a table with a laptop with a remote researcher on a video call and a mini printer

Advancing Design

We are examining both technological and theoretical approaches to advance design methods for working with older adults and people with dementia. This includes supporting remote, embodied desgn, participatory action research approaches, and developing a Human Rights-based approach to user-centered design.


Team: Teja Maddali, Alisha Pradhan, Emma Dixon, Shaan Chopra, Amelia Short, Mary Radnofsky, Diana Blackwelder
Pubs: CHI '20