Research: Health and Well-being

Hydrostream

hydrosense sensor on spigot and pressure signal from valve openingHydrostream (aka Hydrosense) is a server-based platform for the collection, visualization, annotation and analysis of water pressure in a home setting. The pressure sensor can be attached behind the dishwasher, under the sink or on a spigot outside. With intelligent analytics, the system is capable of detecting patterns in water use.

Health and Well-being

Many otherwise busy adults are sandwiched between generations of older and younger relations that rely on them for care. Often baby boomers take responsibility for helping an aging parent retain an independent life in his or her own home, rather than moving to a care facility. Others are assisting a developmentally delayed child or grandchild grow into an independent and functional lifestyle.

Assistive Mobile Manipulation for Older Adults at Home

GATSBII robot delivers medication to older adult in Aware Home living roomThere is a growing need in society to enable older adults to remain in an independent living environment. Older adults living in their own homes may be faced with situations in which there is a mismatch between the demands of their daily environment and their capabilities. These situations generally result from both increased demands (e.g., use of new medical devices) and deficits in the capabilities of the individual (e.g., age-related changes in cognition, perception, or movement control). There is great potential for robotics to support the needs of older adults -- either directly or by supporting the activities of professional caregivers (e.g., nurses or physical therapists) who work in the homes of older adults.