Electrical and Computer Engineering

WIMS Seminar

TITLE: Proactive Computing Research for Home Healthcare and Aging-in-Place

Eric Dishman

How will next generation computing solutions meet the needs of the huge and growing worldwide population of people who are greater than 65 years old? In particular, how can home-based technologies help them to age in place from wherever they want to live? More broadly, how can new computing and communications technologies help people of any age to be
more proactive about their health and wellness activities-especially in the areas of prevention, early detection, and care-giving? These are the over-arching questions that guide Intel's Proactive Health Research program (http://www.intel.com/research/prohealth*) as we identify, invent, and test ubiquitous and proactive computing technologies for home health and wellness needs. This lecture covers several related topics: how Intel conducts fieldwork into people's everyday lives to
identify new opportunities for computing, what we mean by ubiquitous and proactive computing, and examples of the home health prototypes we are building to support aging-in-place. The speaker will use a case study of building home sensor network technologies to support households who are dealing with Alzheimer's. The talk should be of interest to a wide range of audiences, including engineering, computer science, healthcare, and social science faculty and students.

Eric Dishman received three Bachelor of Art degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Speech Communication, English (with Honors), and Drama. He went on to earn a Master of Science in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication from the University of Utah. He grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, but was lured to the Pacific Northwest by his love for year-round snowboarding.
Dishman joined Intel in 1999 as a senior social scientist with the People and Practices Research group in Oregon. He is currently the manager of its Proactive Health Strategic Research Project (SRP) after managing Consumer Concepts research. He is a communications scholar by training, but a business strategist and consumer researcher by practice.

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