Robots and Other Intelligent Technology for Older Adults

Speaker: Judith Tabolt Matthews , University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing

Date: Friday, September 23, 2005

Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Refreshments: 3:15 PM

Public: Yes

Location: Patil Seminar Room (32-G449)

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Host: Jaime Teevan, CSAIL

Contact: Jaime Teevan, 617/253-1611,

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Robots and Other Intelligent Technology for Older

Increasing longevity presents an enormous challenge to those engaged in developing technology to sustain independence and preserve quality of life among the worldÂ’s elders. Though the vast majority of older adults live independently, many reside with similarly frail relatives or manage alone with little or no outside support. Family members are often widely dispersed and minimally involved in meeting day-to-day needs. In-home services are often time-limited, prohibitively expensive, and constrained by a pressing shortage of health care personnel who might help. Assisted living and nursing home facilities provide a solution for some individuals, though staffing shortages plague these settings as well. Intelligent assistive technology that includes mobile robots and a system for flexible reminding holds promise for augmenting rather than replacing human help and interaction in each of these settings. This presentation introduces participants to emerging trends from the health and technology arenas designed to enhance older adultsÂ’ quality of life and optimize their independence. Participants also learn about the Nursebot Project, part of a multiinstitutional, transdisciplinary, educational and research initiative aimed at developing intelligent assistive technology for older adults. Particular attention is paid to progress to date and planned field studies with older adults.


Judith Tabolt Matthews, PhD, MPH, RN, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Community Systems at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. She received her BS in nursing from the Pennsylvania State University and an MS in community health nursing, with an emphasis in gerontology, from Boston University. Dr. Matthews holds both a PhD in nursing and an MPH in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has focused over the last 25 years on community health nursing practice, education, and research, with particular interest in the use of technology to support the caregiving skills and preventive health practices of family caregivers. She is currently conducting a randomized, controlled investigation funded through the National Institute of Nursing Research that is designed to evaluate the efficacy of a telephone + web-based intervention aimed at improving caregiving competence and self-preservation among novice family caregivers of stroke survivors. Dr. Matthews is also a member of the Nursebot Project, a multidisciplinary research and educational collaboration involving the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Michigan. The Nursebot Project, funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on developing personal robotic assistants for older adults. Dr. Matthews co-teaches a project-based, robotic applications course with faculty from Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute and Human-Computer Interaction Institute. This course brings together students from the health sciences and students in technology to design and evaluate robotic devices to help community-residing, frail older adults and persons with disabilities sustain their independence.

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