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June 2022

Policy Rounds Series: Personal Assistance Robots – Will they improve the lives of aging adults?

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Description: While robots have worked in factories for many years, they have yet to make an impact on our personal lives. The only exception is the over 10 million robotic vacuums, such as the Roomba, that are now helping people keep their homes clean. Are they only the beginning of a personal robot revolution? Based on large investments in robotics by companies such as Amazon, Toyota and Hyundai and the thousands of people developing robots all over the world, many…

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AGE-WELL & APPTA policy Rounds: The data scarcity problem in understanding older adult mobility

June 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Zheng Rong, Professor, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University Description: Despite the significant advance of AI in computer vision and natural language processing, developing wearable-based solutions to monitoring and characterizing older adult mobility still faces significant challenges due to the lack of quality data from older populations. In this talk, we first present a case study on in-hospital patients to illustrate the extent of the problem, and then discuss our current efforts toward mitigating the data scarcity problem and…

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