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Sunday, March 20, 2011

T01 & T03 - Georgia Institute of Technology Aware Home Research Initiative

T01 — 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

T03 — 12:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Is it possible to create a home environment that is aware of its occupant's whereabouts and activities? If we build such a home, how can it provide services to its residents that enhance their quality of life or help them to maintain independence as they age? The Aware Home Research Initiative (AHRI) is an interdisciplinary research endeavor at Georgia Tech aimed at addressing the fundamental technical, design, and social challenges presented by such questions and is devoted to the multidisciplinary exploration of emerging technologies and services based in the home. Faculty and students has created a unique research facility that allows us to simulate and evaluate user experiences with off-the-shelf and state-of-the-art technologies. With specific expertise in health, education, entertainment and usable security, we are able to apply our research to problems of significant social and economic impact. Tour participants will have the opportunity to engage and participate in this unique, state-of-the-art lab.

T02 — Wesley Woods

9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m

Located half a mile from Emory University Hospital on a 64-acre wooded campus, Wesley Woods Center is the specialty geriatric care component of Emory Healthcare. Nationally recognized for its comprehensive care to individuals and families facing age-related health care issues, Wesley Woods Center encompasses a spectrum of care for older adults, including a geriatric care hospital, a long-term nursing care facility, an independent living facility for seniors, and an outpatient center. Wesley Woods Center also includes a geriatric training and research program that is comprised of medical, nursing and public health components. In addition, the Wesley Woods Center continuously researches Alzheimer's disease, new approaches to gerontology, late-life depression, Parkinson's disease and sleep disorders.