|RESNA/ICTA 2011Advancing Rehabilitation Technologies for an Aging SocietyThe Annual RESNA Conference partnered with the 3rd International Conference on Technology and Aging (ICTA) and the Quality of Life Technology Center, a project of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.
Over the course of the 3 days of the conference, over 50 sessions were held on a range of topics related to assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering: Job and Environmental Accommodations including Ergonomics, Computer Applications and Communication, Wheelchair Seating Technologies and Interventions, Wheeled Mobility Technologies and Interventions, Outcomes and Quantitative Measurement, Public Policy and Education, Technology for Cognitive and Sensory Impairment, and other technology-related areas. Additionally, over 60 posters were presented on similar topics.
Three dynamic and inspirational keynote speakers provided insights, development of latest research and thought-provoking presentations on the application of technology for people with disabilities. The keynote speakers were Gary Moulton, product manager in Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Group who spoke on the use of computers by an aging population, those 50 years and older. Nigel Lovell who is a Professor at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Australia spoke on the various medical technologies that are facilitating seniors to age in place.
A joint plenary session with Dr. Jeffrey Kaye, Director of the NIA - Oregon Center for Aging and Technology (ORCATECH) represented RESNA/ICTA. Dr. Amy D’Aprix, President of Dr. Amy Inc. spoke on behalf of the Caregiving in the 21st Century Conference, and Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing represented the Growing Older With A Disability Conference. These speakers provided a perspective about the use of technology, benefits and barriers, for aging in place.
The papers from the conference will be available soon on the RESNA website located at http://www.resna.org/.
RESNA 2012 is scheduled for June 29-July 2, 2012 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, visit http://web.resna.org/conference/index.dot.
IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE/EMBS) is a Co-Sponsor of Technical Program of the RESNA-ICTA Conference.