Health Technology Launches Speaker Series for Spring 2021

The Health Technology Education Program is launching a speaker series for Spring 2021.  See below for speaker dates and topics.  All talks are held on Zoom – please pre-register for the events with the links below.

February 26, Noon - 1:00PM

Travis KadylakTitle: Board Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE): is BCPE right for me?  

Speaker: Travis Kadylak, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Description: Human factors and ergonomics professionals aim to optimize human performance and well-being with effective design of systems and technologies. This presentation will focus on the process, requirements, and benefits of attaining Board Certification in Professional Ergonomics. The main goal of this talk is to provide insight that will help attendees decide if BCPE is right for them.

About Travis: Travis Kadylak, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral research associate in the Human Factors & Aging Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research focus is on human-robot interaction and voice-activated digital assistant usability, design, and health outcomes for users across the life-course – especially those aging with mobility disability.

Register here.

March 26, Noon-1:00PM

Beth MynattTitle: Designing Ubiquitous Computing Technologies to Support Aging in Place

Speaker: Elizabeth Mynatt, Georgia Tech

Description: While consumer mobile and internet of things technologies can have a powerful role in supporting the goals of older adults to “age in place” and sustain quality of life and independence, designing these technologies requires anticipating the actions of caregivers, spouses, adult children, and beyond. In this talk, I draw from a number of projects to reflect on the challenges incumbent in designing for informal care networks. These challenges include establishing trust, respecting privacy, retaining autonomy and combatting disparities. While these challenges are significant, the benefits of designing for care networks are substantial and this multi-stakeholder approach has the greatest potential for long-lasting care.

About Beth: Dr. Elizabeth Mynatt is a Regents’ and Distinguished Professor in the College of Computing and the Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology that pursues innovative research to promote healthy, productive and fulfilling lives on a global scale. Over the past two decades Mynatt’s research has focused on the role of ubiquitous computing in health. She’s currently leads the NCI funded MyPath project, creating an application that provides breast cancer patients with personalized recommendations during their cancer journey. Mynatt’s co-leads the Emory-Georgia Tech program to empower people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). She is also one of the principal researchers in the Aware Home Research Initiative; investigating the design of future home technologies, especially those that enable older adults to continue living independently as opposed to moving to an institutional care setting. Mynatt has been recognized as an ACM Fellow, a member of the SIGCHI Academy, and a Sloan and Kavli research fellow. She has published more than 100 scientific papers and chaired the CHI 2010 conference, the premier international conference in human-computer interaction. Prior to joining the Georgia Tech faculty in 1998, Mynatt was a member of the research staff at Xerox PARC.

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April 30 Noon-1:00PM

Janneke RitchieTitle: Hello World: Making Health Tech Innovation Real

Speaker: Janneke Ritchie, CEO Orange Gate

Description: Designing innovative health tech is not enough. It has to make it in the real world.  In this interactive session, Janneke will share insights on the messy realities of tech implementation, building a business and how to be seen (and found) in a noisy online world.
About Janneke: Janneke Ritchie has spent 20 years designing & implementing solutions to enhance the adoption of new technologies for large corporations. Janneke designs solutions that empower people to take advantage of modern technologies and go digital. As the host of brickTObytes she shares real stories about adopting modern tech and how it changes lives.

Register here.