First Textbook on Quality of Life Technologies Released-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, October 15, 2012

First Textbook on Quality of Life Technologies Released


Under the guidance of its Person and Society Research Thrust Leader, Rich Schulz, the Quality of Life Technology Center has published the first available textbook on QoLT. 


Now available from CRC Press / Taylor & Francis Group, The Quality of Life Technology Handbook is a comprehensive resource on the process of developing, testing, and commercializing advanced technologies that improve the quality of life and functioning of older persons; persons with disability; and ultimately, everyone! 


The book describes the QoLT Center's key learnings from its interdisciplinary team approach to the process of technology development and discusses the state of the art and future directions of technologies that improve people's everyday lives.  The work also provides direction on how to identify user needs and preferences, engage end-users in the design and development process, and evaluate and commercialize the technologies. 


Book reviewers note that the text importantly "defines and establishes a framework for a new interdisciplinary science."  The book is divided into four main sections that span QoLTs':

  • Conceptual Foundations
  • Design, Development and Evaluation
  • Core Technologies and Applications
  • Transformative Potential in Education and Marketplace

Contributors encompass a wide range of experts and advisors working in the emerging field of QoLT, including the award-winning faculty, researchers and staff of the Quality of Life Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.


The book is edited by Rich Schulz, Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the University Center for Social and Urban Research, Director of Gerontology, and Associate Director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Pittsburgh. Other noteworthy authors include: Daniel P. Siewiorek, Carnegie Mellon University, Human Computer Interaction Institute; Takeo Kanade, Carnegie Mellon University, Robotics Institute; Marjorie Skubic, University of Missouri, Center for Eldercare and Rehabilitation Technology; Roger O. Smith, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Occupational Science and Technology; and Sara Czaja, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

The book release marks the third in a series of milestone publications for the QoLT Center. In August, the Proceedings of the IEEE released a Special Issue on Quality of Life Technology edited by Takeo Kanade; in September, Dan Siewiorek’s article on virtual coaches, “Generation Smartphone,” appeared as the cover story of IEEE Spectrum.


The QoLT Handbook (ISBN-10: 1466505346) appears as part of the publisher's Rehabilitation Science in Practice Series.


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By: Kristen Sabol, ksabol@cs.cmu.edu, 412-268-3795