Assistant Professor, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada. Schlegel Research Chair in Technology for Independent Living, Research Institute for Aging, Canada
Over the past 15 years Jennifer has been a researcher on 38 projects that have applied state-of-the-art computer science, engineering, rehabilitation science, and human factors methodologies to create internationally renowned intelligent assistive technologies for supporting aging and promoting independence, wellbeing, and quality of life for older adults. Her research involves transdisciplinary collaboration and user-centred design practices to create usable and useful solutions to difficult problems. Examples of her current work include: unobtrusive wireless, markerless ambient vitals monitoring and activity tracking; virtual reality games to engage people with dementia in evidence-based exercise, and; a digital tool for supporting dialogue and planning between people diagnosed with dementia at work and their employers.
Jennifer believes that incorporating multiple viewpoints is key in achieving novel, holistic, and implementable solutions to the large, complex problems surrounding aging and technology. She takes great satisfaction in blending disparate knowledge into innovations and is passionate about sharing knowledge in a relevant, engaging, and accessible way.
Modern Era Systems (MES), including AI, autonomous robotics, big data, blockchain, all embody sophisticated mechanisms to adapt their behavior to tune and optimize results. As we develop ways to teach our students the core methods within these transformational technologies, how can we integrate and teach an ethical dimension in the design process to ensure that […]