Professor Patricia Collins Leads Workshop at Aging in America Conference-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Patricia Collins Leads Workshop at Aging in America Conference-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Patricia Collins Leads Workshop at Aging in America Conference

Professor Patricia Collins was an invited workshop facilitator at the March 2010 Aging in America Conference, held in Chicago, which was co-sponsored by the National Council on Aging and the American Society on Aging. With colleague Benay Dara-Abrams (CEO at Kinnexxus.com), she led a presentation and discussion session on gerontechnology.

“The needs of older adults vary from person to person, however, by using personas, we can identify unifying characteristics and based on that, develop technology that serves the needs of this population,” said Collins.

The session was extremely well attended, with about 30 participants. During the workshop session, workshop participants were broken into teams of 5-7 people. Each team analyzed a persona description that Patricia had created, based on her research into the needs of older adults. The teams identified the primary technology needs of their persona and reported back to the larger group about their findings. This gave the participant hands-on experience with the use of personas in identifying technology requirements.

Patricia Collins is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the MS Software Management program at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley. Before joining the faculty, she was at Agilent Laboratories where she conducted research in bio-informatics, employing knowledge discovery and data mining techniques. Prior to Agilent, Patricia worked at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories conducting computer science research in speech recognition, knowledge discovery, and data mining. She also led internal teams of consultants in advancing software engineering and business management process practices within Hewlett-Packard worldwide, specializing in the area of software reuse methods.