Technology and Dementia

Saturday, July 21, 2018
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Chicago, Illinois



Technology and Dementia, a preconference to the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), will convene researchers using technological based research, including mobile technology, home-based technology and social networking, to apply innovative study design and potential solutions to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia research. The program consists of invited speakers, as well as oral and poster presentations from submitted abstracts.

The preconference is organized by the Technology Professional Interest Area (PIA) of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART).

Program Chairs

Agenda and speakers
  • Time
  • Topic
  • Participants

Welcome [TD-00]

9 – 9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Arlene Astell, Ph.D.
Chair, ISTAART Technology Professional Interest Area (PIA); University of Toronto, Canada

Keynote Session [TD-01]

9:15 – 9:20 a.m.

Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Jesse Hoey, Ph.D.
Immediate Past Chair, ISTAART Technology PIA, University of Waterloo, Canada

9:20 - 9:50 a.m.

Conversational Robots for Dementia Care: Challenges and Opportunities

Jesus Favela, Ph.D.
CICESE Research Center, Mexico

Technology Access and Utilization in 2018 [TD-02]

Moderator: Chris Nugent, Ph.D., University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

9:50 – 10:05 a.m.

Involvement of Users in Design of AT for Aging & Dementia

Cristian Leorin
Novilunio Onlus Association, Italy

10:05 – 10:20 a.m.

Designing to Support Creation and Sharing: A Case of Technology Design in Art Therapy

Anne Marie Piper, PhD.
Northwestern University, United States

10:20 – 10:35 a.m.

Neuroprosthetics, Shattered Identities and the Care of Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease

Fabrice Jotterand, Ph.D., M.A.
Medical College of Wisconsin, United States

10:35 – 11 a.m.

Panel Discussion

Participants: Session speakers + Jesus Favela

11 – 11:20 a.m.

Break & Poster Viewing


Small Business Funding Opportunities [TD-03]

11:20 - 11:30 a.m.

National Institute on Aging at NIH Small Business Funding Opportunities in Technology

Yuan Lou, Ph.D.
Division of Neuroscience
National Institute on Aging at NIH, United States

Rapid Fire Poster Presentations [DB-04]

3 minute podium presentation of poster abstract; 3 presentation slides
Moderator: Alex Mihailidis, Ph.D., P.Eng., University of Toronto & AGEWell, Canada

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

DB-04-01 Assessment of Dual-Task Motor Function Deterioration for Detecting Cognitive Impairment

Sarah Fakhoury, Daniel Gaytan-Jenkins, Anthony Lopez, Hossein Ehsani, Kathy O'Connor, Ed Zamrini, Jane Mohler, Nima Toosizadeh

DB-04-02 Continuous Monitoring of Gait: What Can It Tell Us about Dementia?

Ríona Mc Ardle, Brook Galna, Alan Thomas, Lynn Rochester

DB-04-03 Evaluation of the Usability of a Generic Platform to Support Self-Management of Chronic Conditions Including Dementia

Timothy Patterson, Adele McElroy, Ian Cleland, Chris Nugent, Suzannee McDonough, Paul McCullagh, Mark Donnelly, Jane Zheng, Macarena Espinilla, Norman Black

DB-04-04 Unmet Needs of Persons with Dementia Living Alone, and How Smart Home Technologies Can Help

Marguerite Manteau-Rao, Robert Levenson

DB-04-05 Improving Movement Confidence and Balance in People with Dementia, MCI and Physical Impairment Using Group Motion-Based Technology

Stephen Czarnuch, Erica Dove, Arlene Astell

DB-04-06 User Experience Study with Two Locating Systems in Home Dementia Care

Silka Freiesleben, Herlind Megges, Christina Rösch, Oliver Peters

DB-04-07 Mapping Behavioral Symptoms in Dementia Using Passive Radio Sensing and Machine Learning

Ipsit Vahia

DB-04-08 Reducing the Frequency and Impact of Falls in Dementia Managed Care through Video Monitoring and Incident Review

Eleonore Bayen, Julien Jacquemot, George Netscher, Pulkit Agrawal, Lynn Tabb Noyce, Alex Bayen

DB-04-09 A Comparison between an Immersive Virtual Reality Spatial Task and Its Correspondent Paper-and-Pencil Version with One’s Perception of Spatial Abilities

Raquel da Costa, José Eduardo Pompeu, Daniel Mello, Emerson Moretto, Fernanda Rodrigues, Michelle dos Santos, Ricardo Nitrini, Francesca Morganti, Sonia Brucki

DB-04-10 Machine Learning on Digital Drawing Data for Preliminary Dementia Screening

Kelvin Tsoi, Max WY Lam, Christopher Chu, Michael P.F. Wong, Helen Meng

DB-04-11 Cogid: A Speech Recognition Tool for Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease

Brianna Broderick, Si Long Tou, Emily Mower Provost

DB-04-12 Longitudinal Vision-Based Monitoring of Changes of Gait in Dementia – a Pilot Study

Elham Dolatabadi, Derek Zhi, Andrea Iaboni, Babak Taati

DB-04-13 Using Dctclock’s Clinically-Interpretable Artificial Intelligence for Differentiating Cognitively Healthy Subjects from Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment and Probable Alzheimer’s Disease

Braydon Schaible, William Souillard-Mandar, Randall Davis, Rhoda Au, Dana Penney

DB-04-14 Assessing Everyday Cognition in Older Adults with MCI or Alzheimer Disease Using a Home-Based Sensing and Computing System

Neil Thomas, Nora Mattek, Thomas Riley, Phelps Witter, Christina Reynolds, Johanna Austin, Nicole Sharma, Jennifer Marcoe, Jeffrey Kaye

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch (included) & Poster Viewing

Methodologies in Studying Assistive Technology [TD-05]

Moderator: Julie Robillard, Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Canada

1:45 –2:00 p.m.

Involving Persons with Dementia and their Carers as Co-developers of Technological Solutions

Helianthe Kort, Ph.D.
Eindhoven, University of Technology, Netherlands

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Putting the Person in the Program: Combining Sociology and Technology to Improve Engagement

Linda Francis, Ph.D. Cleveland State University, United States

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Designing Assistive Smart Homes -Lessons Learned

Sumi Helal, Ph.D. Lancaster University, United Kingdom

2:30 - 2:55 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Participants: Session speakers

2:55 – 3:15 p.m.

Break & Poster Viewing


The Future of Technology Utilization in Dementia [TD-06]

Moderator: Jesse Hoey, Ph.D., University of Waterloo, Canada

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Robotic Use in the Future of Dementia Care

Francois Michaud, Ph.D. University of Sherbrooke, Canada

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Future of Smart Home Technology for Dementia

Jeffrey Kaye, M.D.
Oregon Health Sciences University, United States

3:45 – 4:10 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Participants: Session speakers

Oral Session [TD-07]

Moderators: Arlene Astell, Ph.D., University of Toronto, Canada
Allison Lindauer, Ph.D., N.P., Oregon Health & Science University, United States

4:10 – 4:25 p.m.

TD-07-01 Use of Monitoring Technology By Staff in Retirement Communities: Lessons in Technology Acceptance

Katherine Wild, Nora Mattek, Nicole Sharma, Thomas Riley, Jeffrey Kaye

4:25– 4:40 p.m.

TD-07-02 Echoes Around the Home - Can the Amazon Echo be Used in the Home to Help Those Living with Dementia?

Nicholas Firth, Emma Harding, Mary Pat Sullivan, Sebastian Crutch, Daniel Alexander

4:40 – 4:55 p.m.

TD-07-03 Supporting Dementia Technology Development in Indigenous Communities in Canada: Respecting “the Way That We Are”

Melissa Blind, Karen Pitawanakwat, Louise Jones, Wayne Warry, Kristen Jacklin

Closing Remarks [TD-08]

4:55 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Arlene Astell, University of Toronto, Canada

ISTAART Technology PIA Annual Business Meeting

5:10 – 6:10 p.m.

Technology PIA Business Meeting

Technology PIA Business meeting

The ISTAART Technology PIA Business Meeting will take place immediately following the Technology and Dementia Preconference at 5:10 p.m.

Target audience

Researchers invested in the development and validation of technological resources for individuals affected by dementia.


Technology and Dementia is a preconference to AAIC 2018. Preconferences require a separate registration fee in addition to AAIC full conference registration or it may be purchased as a stand-alone event. Registration is open.



The Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART) is a professional society for individuals interested in Alzheimer's and dementia science—including scientists, physicians and other professionals involved in the causes and treatments of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. ISTAART membership makes AAIC even better: receive discounted registration, participate in professional interest areas (PIA), attend PIA Day scientific sessions (Saturday, July 21) and attend exclusive member-only scientific and networking events. Members also receive ongoing benefits throughout the year, including an online monthly subscription to Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, free online access to Neurobiology of Aging, access to the online career center, monthly e-newsletters, networking forums and extended LOI deadlines for the Alzheimer's Association International Research Grant Program.

Non-members are encouraged to learn more and join ISTAART. Non-members may also join ISTAART during AAIC registration -- select "Member +PLUS" or "Student Member +PLUS " as the AAIC registration category to purchase one year of ISTAART membership in addition to AAIC registration at the member rate. Available to new members only.

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