Human Factors 
Potomac Chapter

HFES Potomac Chapter and UPA-DC joint Event

  • 11 Nov 2010
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The American Institute of Architects

HFES Potomac Chapter and UPA-DC joint November 2010 event:

Wendy Rogers talks about Human-Robot Interaction: User-Centered Design of Robots to Support Aging-in-Place

The American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Ave., NW.,
Washington, DC 20006-5292

Directions --

- 6:30-7:30pm Registration, Meet and Greet, Dinner
- 7:30-8:30pm Wendy Rogers: Human-Robot Interaction
- 8:30-9:00pm Q&A

There is much potential for robots to support older adults in their goal of independent aging. However, for human-robot interactions to be successful, the robots must be designed with user needs in mind. In the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory we are conducting research in the nascent field of older adult-robot interactions. In this presentation I will provide an overview of the needs, capabilities, preferences, and limitations of older adults. I will then discuss our current and planned research on the design of robots to support aging-in-place. Our focus is on understanding the interactions between user characteristics, robot characteristics, and the context of the interactions (e.g., task demands).

Wendy A. Rogers is Professor of Psychology at Georgia Institute of Technology. She is also a Certified Human Factors Professional. Her research interests include cognitive aging, automation, skill acquisition, human-robot interaction, and technology acceptance. She is Co- Director of the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory (, funded by NIH (National Institute on Aging) through the Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (http://www.CREATE She is involved in the Aware Home Research Initiative ( and is Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

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