Smart Home Technologies to support Engaging with Aging:

          Assessing patient work in their home environment

Population Informatics Lab Seminar 2:00-3:30

Co-Hosted with the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

and the Applied Cognitive Ergonomics Lab

Lunch provided (RSVP: 12:00-2:00 pm, ETB 4002

Engaging with aging (EWA), the ongoing process of an individual to identify resources and implement adaptive strategies to maximize quality of life, may be enhanced by advances in information technology and adaptive upgrades to the built environment. With emerging Internet-of-Things and sensor technologies, new personal health tools are designed to collect and monitor the health and wellness data of patients in their home environment through embedded sensors and wearables or body-worn sensors. The sensor system combines passive and active monitoring, creates a “smart” home environment that allows holistic monitoring of the patient’s health parameters, daily activities and behavioral patterns and provides tailored support. Such tools can assist older adults to maintain their independence at their own home and to promote older adults’ ability to manage day-to-day living and age in place. This talk will provide an overview of current and emerging smart home technologies and discuss opportunities to leverage this technology for enhancing the capacity of older adults to engage with their own aging. The discussion will explore practical and ethical implications as well as a framework to examine the obtrusiveness of such technologies.

Yong K. Choi PhD MPH

Postdoctoral Scholar

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

at University of California Davis

Seminar Date: Tuesday, December 10

Seminar Time: 2:00-3:15 pm

Location: ETB 4002

Lunch provided (RSVP): 12:00-2:00 pm, ETB 4002


Yong K. Choi, PhD MPH is a postdoctoral scholar in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at University of California Davis. His research focuses on the design and evaluation of digital health technologies that empower older adults and their family caregivers to better manage their health and well-being. Choi earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. He completed an MPH in health policy and management from Texas A&M School of Public Health and earned a PhD in Biomedical and Health Informatics from University of Washington. His ongoing research expands on his doctoral work where he explored the feasibility of using Internet-of-Things (IoT) smart home devices for older adults’ health management and care delivery in their home setting. The study also assessed older adults’ attitudes, needs and preferences of an IoT smart home system. Choi was the recipient of the University of Washington Retirement Associations Fellowship in Aging and his dissertation research was highlighted by the University of Washington’s immersive stories project that profiles innovative and high-impact work.

© Hye-Chung Kum (Population Informatics Lab) 2019