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Ronald M. Baecker, PhD
Director of the Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab, Canada
Bell Chair in Human-Computer Interaction, University of Toronto, Canada
Ronald Baecker is Director of the Technologies for Aging Gracefully Laboratory (TAGlab), Professor of Computer Science, and Bell Universities Laboratories Chair in Human-Computer Interaction. The focus of TAGlab activities is R&D in support of aging throughout the life course including cognition, communication, and social interaction. Collaborators include individuals from Baycrest, Columbia Medical School, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.
He is also Affiliate Scientist with the Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit of Baycrest (formerly, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care), Adjunct Scientist with Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and founder of the Knowledge Media Design Institute at the University of Toronto. He has been named one of the 60 Pioneers of Computer Graphics by ACM SIGGRAPH, has been elected to the CHI Academy by ACM SIGCHI, and has been given the Canadian Human Computer Communications Society Achievement Award in May 2005.
Deborah Fels, PhD, PEng
Ryerson University, Canada
Dr. Fels is currently employed as a professor at the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management, and is the Director of the Inclusive Media and Design Centre at Ryerson University. Her research interests involve inclusive design, access to media and technology for people with disabilities and older adults, inclusive video game design, and inclusive business.
Jesse Hoey, PhD
University of Waterloo, Canada
Dr. Hoey's research is on artificial intelligence in large scale, real-world, uncertain domains, and in particular, on probabilistic and decision-theoretic reasoning methods. He works on applications in assistive technologies, customisable and adaptive smart-homes, affective computing, and computational social science. His focus is on building systems to help persons with cognitive disabilities, in particular, those arising during aging, such as Alzheimer's and related dementias.
Alex Mihailidis, PhD, PEng
Scientific Director AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence, Canada
Dr. Mihailidis is the Barbara G. Stymiest Research Chair in Rehabilitation Technology at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – UHN/University of Toronto. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto (U of T), as well as holds a cross appointment in the Department of Computer Science at the U of T. His research disciplines include biomedical and biochemical engineering, computer science, geriatrics and occupational therapy. Dr. Mihailidis is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of technology and aging. He has published over 150 journal and conference papers in this field and co-edited two books: Pervasive computing in healthcare and Technology and Aging. Dr. Mihailidis is very active in the rehabilitation engineering profession and is currently the President for the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society for North America (RESNA). He is the Principal Investigator and a joint Scientific Director of AGE-WELL.
Maurice Mulvenna, BSc, MPhil, PhD
Professor, Ulster University, UK
Professor Maurice Mulvenna is a Professor of Computer Science and a member of the Computer Science Research Institute at Ulster University. He is a senior member of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery, and a chartered fellow of the British Computer Society. In 2014, he was elected as a Board Member of the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG).
Dr. Mulvenna’s research interests include artificial intelligence, pervasive computing, digital communication, assistive technologies, innovation and knowledge transfer.
Frank Rudzicz, PhD
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Canada
Dr. Rudzicz is a scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, and co-founder of WinterLight Labs Inc. He is the President of the international joint ACL/ISCA special interest group on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies, and Young Investigator of the Alzheimer's Society. His work involves machine-learning, human-computer interaction, speech-language pathology, rehabilitation engineering, signal processing, and linguistics.
Dr. Rudzicz's focuses include machine learning, speech and language processing, dementia, and assistive technologies.
Jutta Trevinarus, PhD
Inclusive Design Research Center, Toronto, Canada
Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor at OCAD University in Toronto http://inclusivedesign.ca, formerly the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre. The IDRC conducts proactive research and development in the inclusive design of emerging information and communication technology and practices. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute a multi-university regional centre of expertise on inclusive design. Jutta is the Co-Director of Raising the Floor International. She also established and directs an innovative graduate program in Inclusive Design. Jutta has led many international multi-partner research networks that have created broadly implemented technical innovations that support inclusion. These include the Fluid Project, Fluid Engage, CulturAll, Stretch, FLOE and many others. Jutta and her team have pioneered personalization as an approach to accessibility in the digital domain. She has played a leading role in developing accessibility legislation, standards and specifications internationally (including WAI ATAG, IMS AccessForAll, ISO 24751 , and AODA Information and Communication).
- leveraging networks to deliver personalized accessibility
- supporting inclusive design through authoring and development tools
- the importance of diversity, the outliers and the margins for economic and social prosperity