Cooper to Speak at National Academy of Sciences-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, December 10, 2012

Cooper to Speak at National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Rory A. Cooper
Dr. Rory A. Cooper

QoLT Co-Director and QoLTbots Systems Co-Leader, Dr. Rory A. Cooper, will speak at the National Academy of Sciences on December 19, 2012 as part of a special, public Workshop and Forum on Fostering Independence, Participation, and Healthy Aging through Technology.

The event, hosted by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council of the National Academies serves several objectives:

  • Focus on adults, who by virtue of an inherited/congenital condition, accident, or disease(s), become impaired in their ability to be as independent as possible as they age;
  • Provide an overview on how the independence, community integration, and well-being of these individuals can be improved through access to and increased use of technology;
  • Examine existing and emerging technologies, with a focus on technologies most likely to be employed; and,
  • Discuss barriers to deployment and adoption of technologies, and reasons for abandonment of technologies already in use.

Dr. Cooper will participate in a panel presentation on the topic "Technologies to Promote Activities of Daily Living and Independence" from 10:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  His talk explores technologies for the individual with emphasis on personal mobility. 

The panel is moderated by Judith Kasper, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Additional participants featured during the session include:  Gregory N. Wellems, Imagine!, and Hunter Peckham, Case Western University.

The workshop is open to the public via webcast. 

For a full agenda, registration and additional details, please visit the Institute of Medicine website, at:


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