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Name: Sarah Berry

I am a student at Texas A&M University, pursuing a BS in Computer Engineering with a minor in French. I'm preparing to begin my 5th and final year of this degree. Contact me

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 May 2006 )
About my mentor

Name: Marjorie Skubic

Marjorie Skubic (Ph.D. in Computer Science, Texas A&M University), is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia with a joint appointment in the Department of Computer Science. Dr. Skubic’s research interests include sensory perception, spatial reasoning, and human-robot interaction. Dr. Skubic has over 50 publications and has served as PI or co-PI for projects funded by the NSF, NRL, and the U.S. Army. In addition to her academic experience, she has spent 14 years working in industry for companies such as TRW, Texas Instruments, and Staefa Control System, on real-time applications such as data acquisition and automation.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 May 2006 )
About the project

ElderCare, also referred to as ElderTech, is a project that uses advanced technology to address the mobility and cognitive impairments of older members of the population. It specifically addresses the risks associated with living independently as these impairments progress, to help elders remain independent for as long as possible.

We are developing an integrated monitoring system that captures data about elder residents and their living environment in a noninvasive manner. It will use this data to extract patterns of activity that might indicate unsafe events. For example, a floor vibration sensor might detect that a resident has fallen, and the nurse on duty could be automatically paged. A temperature sensor might detect that a stove burner is on, while a motion sensor might detect that nobody has been in the kitchen for quite some time, at which point the monitoring system could ask the resident whether they meant to leave their stove on.

For this project, we are working with TigerPlace Apartments, a senior living community based on the "aging in place" model that emphasizes independence of its residents. We are also partnering with the Medical Automation Research Center (MARC) at the University of Virginia and the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 June 2006 )