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RMHC at the International Society of Gerontechnology Annual Meeting in Taiwan

The Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling had a strong international presence in Taiwan at this year’s annual International Society of Gerontechnology (ISG) meeting.

Dr. William Kearns and Dr. James Fozard presented a keynote address, Talking, walking, and falling: Technology-based assessments and interventions, synthesizing the state-of-the-art research in wandering, gait, and falls surveillance technologies worldwide.    Drs. Kearns and Fozard also presented a paper in the panel on Inter-university and Inter-Disciplinary Collaboration in Gerontechnology: Lessons from North America.   They reported on collaborative efforts between the University of South Florida and the US Department of Veterans Affairs to create new “location aware” technologies that can facilitate both aging in place and recovery from traumatic brain injury.

Drs. Kearns and Fozard, with Dr. Paul Webster, Ubisense, Cambridge, United Kingdom, and Dr. Jan Jasiewicz from the Veterans Administration Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR), presented a poster entitled Location aware smart watch to support aging in place.  This paper described the Ubiwatch, which uses Ultra-wideband (UWB) real time location services within the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital’s Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program (PTRP) to deliver automated prompts to veterans receiving rehabilitation services in the PTRP.  The Ubiwatch's two-way communication channel prompts the patient with audio, vibratory, colored display and short text strings contingent on schedule and/or location.  Their entry won Top Poster at the ISG Conference.

For more about Dr. Kearns’ work, see his departmental website or contact him at kearns@usf.edu