This June, Brown University will explore the next generation of technologies that monitor and deliver healthcare for older adults in the living environment. Please save the date and join us at South Street Landing in Providence, RI June 9 -10, 2022.

During the workshop, we recommend mask wearing at all times except when eating or drinking, and encourage attendees to perform a rapid antigen test each morning.

Casting our vision ten years into the future, our questions will explore the following engineering design requirements:
  • Address critical needs that will reduce the stress on the healthcare system;
  • Design technologies through the lens of equity, inclusiveness, and accessibility; and
  • Ensure technologies can be translated to the living environment within 10 years.

In the workshop, you will participate in interdisciplinary teams to explore live simulations with trained actors navigating either assisted or independent living environments. Your team will identify current technological gaps and future engineering opportunities in noninvasive sensing and physiological monitoring, data security, and artificial intelligence. Each simulated built environment will provide opportunities to explore health conditions including:

  • Cardiovascular and metabolic disease
  • Behavioral and psychological health
  • Osteoarthritis

It’s the “un-virtual” workshop experience, allowing participants to engage in-person with experts and thought leaders from academia, healthcare, industry and the patient community. Participants will have the opportunity to share insights about market and industry needs and opportunities, and hear from leading scientists and engineers about the frontiers of home health technologies.

Building on the outputs of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:

  1. Co-author a peer-reviewed report on the outcomes of the workshop,
  2. Participate in a seed-funding student-driven competition, and
  3. Be a critical partner to help establish a new research initiative on the frontiers of equitable healthcare technologies.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Deborah Estrin, Cornell Tech, (NAE, NAM, MacArthur Fellowship)

Ruby Mendenhall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lihong Wang, California Institute of Technology, (NAE)

Eric Perakslis,               Duke University

Stefan Gravenstein, Brown University








DAY 1:

Thursday June 9

8:15 Registration, Coffee, Tea and Pastries
8:45 Welcome from Kimani Toussaint, Workshop Chair
9:00 Plenary 1: Ruby Mendenhall: Diversity and Access to Home Technologies/OR/Healthcare Opportunities
9:30 Setting the Stage for Today’s Workshop
10:15 Plenary 2: Deborah Estrin: Extended Reality to Support Elder Care
10:45 Break/Travel to NEC on the ground floor of SSL
11:00 Session 1: Rotation 1 to Living Environment Simulations
12:30 Lunch
1:00 Plenary 3: Lihong Wang: Photoacoustic Imaging with Clinical Translation
1:30 Travel to NEC on the ground floor of SSL
1:45 Session 2: Rotation 2 to Living Environment Simulations
3:00 Break
3:15 Team Discussion and Analysis
4:00 Team Report-out
4:45 Day 1 – Closing
5:00 Adjourn
Dinner will be on your own; a link to Google Maps with our favorite local restaurants will be provided.

Day 2:

Friday June 10

8:15 Coffee, Tea and Pastries
8:45 Welcome to Day 2
9:00 Plenary 4: Stefan Gravenstein: Making a Nursing Home Age Friendly: the Intersection of Culture, Biology, Technology
9:30 Plenary 5: Panel: From Idea to Impact…
10:15 Break
10:30 Session 3: Imagine a system level intervention
12:30 Closing comments by Kimani Toussaint
1:00 Adjourn- Grab and go lunch boxes will be available

Please check the information about our previous workshop here.


On behalf of the Steering Committee

Kimani C. Toussaint and Angus Kingon,
Brown University

Jennifer Mammen,
University of Rhode Island

Committee Members:

Betsy Stubblefield Loucks, Edel Minogue, Rutendo Jakachira, Edith Mathiowitz, John Patena and Megan Ranney,
Brown University

Kevin Kornegay,
Morgan State University

Shreya Divatia,

Dartmouth Institute and Philips