ATG Research Awards

Hi all, and happy new year!

Congratulations to our 2019 winners of the Arnold Small Award and the ATG Research Scholarship:

  • Jonathan Kasko from NC State won the Arnold Small Award for his work entitled, “Older Drivers’ Differential Performance Across Hazardous Scenarios.” His work is supervised by Dr. Jing Feng.
  • Gaojian Huang from Purdue won a $500 research scholarship for his work entitled “The Influence of Non-chronological Age Factors on Mental States and Takeover Performance in Next-Generation Autonomous Driving.” His work is supervised by Dr. Brandon Pitts.

Consider applying for a 2020 award! Submission instructions are on the following pages:

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Annual HFES Luncheon 2019

Location: Our annual luncheon will be held about 1 block from the Seattle conference hotel at Tap House Grill (1506 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 28101).

Time: 12:30pm on Wednesday, 10/30/19

Agenda: The primary function will be networking & recognizing excellent students with the Arnold Small and research grant awards. Note that we have already conducted our annual business meeting, the recording of which can be found here.

RSVP: Please RSVP and pay in advance using this form. Cash payments will also be collected onsite.

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Annual Business Meeting 2019

We held this year’s Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Here’s the link to the recorded meeting for those who could not attend.  Topics covered included ATG officer transitions, membership statistics, and ideas for collaboration with other technical groups.

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Hi folks!

Some of you might be interested in HomeSHARE, a technology test-bed originated by our very own Kelly Caine!

See below for a blurb from HomeSHARE’s website:

“Many research technologies are designed to help older adults stay in their homes for as long as possible, but few are tested in real homes for any length of time. The HomeSHARE initiative is a geographically distributed test-bed to design, develop, and evaluate pervasive home-based technologies for aging-in-place.”

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Annual Meeting 2019 Aging-Related Content

This year, we have three aging sessions, and then there is of course our Business Meeting Lunch. The finalized program is still being set, but below is the tentative Aging TG schedule (session names and times below could change).Note that the below schedule content is up-to-date as of July 23, 2019.

Schedule At a Glance:

11:00am – 12:30pm – Panel on Aging-in-Place with Disability (A1)

12:00pm – 1:30pm – Aging TG Business Meeting Lunch
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Aging-in-Place and Home (Health) Management (A2)

11:00am – 12:30pm – Driving, Occupational, and Conversational/Speech Systems for Older Adults (A3)

Detailed Schedule:

Session A1: Panel on Aging-in-Place with Disability
Panel Discussion
11:00 am – 12:30 PM

Chair: Jenay Beer
Co-Chair: George Mois

  1. A Panel Discussion on Human Factors Considerations for Persons Aging-in-Place with Disability. J. Beer (University of Georgia), W. Rogers (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign). J. Sanford (Georgia Institute of Technology). E. Remillard (Georgia Institute of Technology). C. Phillips (Georgia Institute of Technology). M. Campbell (Campbell & Associates Consulting).

Aging TG – Business Meeting Lunch
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Tap House Grill

A2 – Aging-in-Place and Home (Health) Management

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Chair: Claire Textor
Co-Chair: Jenay Beer

  1. An Aging-focused Heuristic Evaluation of Home Automation Controls. J. Lopez (Clemson University), C. Textor (Clemson University), W. Hicks (North Carolina State University), M. Pryor (North Carolina State University), A. McLaughlin (North Carolina State University), R. Pak (Clemson University).
  2. Perceptions from People Aging with a Mobility Impairment towards using Tele-Technology for Exercise. G. Mois (University of Georgia ), T. Mackin (University of Georgia), A. Datta (University of Georgia ), L. Koon (University of Illinois ), W. Rogers (University of Illinois), T. Mitzner (Georgia Institute of Technology ), J. Beer (University of Georgia).
  3. Combining Health Coaching with Telehealth: A Scoping Review. C. Markert (Texas A&M University), A. Rao (Texas A&M University), F. Sasangohar (Texas A&M University).
  4. Conceptualizing caregiver workload: an exploratory study guided by NASA TLX. R. Rutkowski (University of Wisconsin-Madison), S. Ponnala (University of Wisconsin-Madison), J. González Vargas (University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez), A. Gilmore-Bykovskyi (University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing), L. Block (University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing), A. Kind (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health), N. Werner (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

A3 – Driving, Occupational, and Conversational/Speech Systems for Older Adults
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Chair: Kelly Caine

  1. Driven to comment: Learning from older drivers impressions of in-vehicle technologies. C. Lopes (University of Utah), G. Erickson (University of Utah), J. Cooper (University of Utah), C. Wheatley (University of Utah), D. Strayer (University of Utah).
  2. Older Drivers’ Differential Performance across Hazardous Scenarios. J. Kasko (North Carolina State University), H. Choi (North Carolina State University), J. Feng (North Carolina State University).
  3. The influence of different weight carrying methods on human gait and balance during obstacle negotiation. F. Yang (Tianjin University of Science and Technology), J. Zhang (Tianjin University of Science and Technology), W. Giang (University of Florida ), M. Yerebakan (University of Florida ), B. Hu (University of Florida ).
  4. The effect of external weight distribution on muscle activation pattern during obstacle negotiation for male participants. G. Yi (Tianjin University of Science and Technology), X. Wang (Tianjin University of Science and Technology), J. Zhang (Tianjin University of Science and Technology), S. Hao (University of Florida), B. Hu (University of Florida).
  5. Automated Speech Recognition Systems and Older Adults: A Literature Review and Synthesis. L. Werner (Purdue University), G. Huang (Purdue University), B. Pitts (Purdue University).
  6. Conversational systems for family health history collection for geriatric population. A. Ponathil (Clemson University), N. Ozkan (Clemson University), J. Bertrand (Clemson University), B. Welch (Medical University of South Carolina), K. Chalil Madathil (Clemson University).
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Annual Meeting 2019 Quick Links

Useful links for HFES 2019:



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Welcome to the Aging Technical Group!

The Aging Technical Group (ATG) is a community of professionals from industry, academia, and government organizations who share a common interest in human factors appropriate to meeting the emerging needs of older people and special populations in a wide variety of life settings.

The ATG provides a forum for researchers, service providers, aging individuals, students, and other stakeholders to highlight trends, research, express concerns, and provide insight to meet the needs of the aging and special-needs population. By networking with other professionals and stakeholders, ATG members are afforded insight into new challenges, assessment techniques, and solutions.

Member and ATG news are highlighted in the quarterly newsletter. Student contribution to the field of aging research is recognized with the ATG Scholarship for promising research and the Arnold Small Award for best poster/paper presented during the annual HFES national conference.

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Annual Meeting Submission DeadlineFebruary 24th, 2020
Annual Meeting Proceedings Papers DueMay 25th, 2020
ATG Research Scholarship Submission DueSeptember 1st, 2020
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Arnold Small Award Submission DueAugust 1st, 2020
21 days to go.
HFES Annual Meeting BeginsOctober 5th, 2020
86 days to go.