Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging / U Waterloo
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
Dr. Jennifer Boger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo and the Schlegel Research Chair in Technology for Independent Living at the Research Institute for Aging. Over the past 15 years Jennifer has been a researcher on 38 projects that have applied state-of-the-art computer science, engineering, rehabilitation science, and human factors methodologies to create internationally renowned intelligent assistive technologies for supporting aging and promoting independence and quality of life for older adults. Jennifer believes that close collaboration is key in achieving novel, holistic, tractable, and implementable solutions to the large, complex problems surrounding aging; she takes great satisfaction in seeing differing viewpoints merge into innovations. Examples of technologies that support independent aging that Jennifer has played a key role in include: the COACH prompting system for people who live with dementia, hands-free automated fall detection, ambient vitals monitoring through interaction with everyday objects, robotic-guided haptic upper limb post-stroke rehabilitation, and autonomous powered wheelchair anti-collision and navigation.