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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Aging-related content at 2018 Annual Meeting

This year, we have one aging session (A1), are co-sponsoring a session with Surface Transportation (ST5), and then there is of course our Business Meeting Lunch. Look out for aging-related posters and papers throughout the meeting:

At a glance:

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
1:30 – 3:00 pm – Student Forum (SF2)
5:00 – 7:00 pm – POS Interactive Posters Session and Reception

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
8:00 – 9:30 pm – Product Design (PD3)
12:00 – 1:30 pm – Aging TG Business Meeting Lunch
2:00 – 3:30 pm – Product Design (PD5)
2:00 – 3:30 pm – Student Forum (SF4)

Thursday, October 4, 2018
10:45 – 12:15 pm – Aging (A1)
10:45 – 12:15 pm – Health Care (HC8)
2:00 –  3:30 pm – Surface Transportation (ST5) – cosponsored by Aging

Friday, October 5, 2018
8:30 – 10:00 am – Health Care (HC11)

And here are the program details… Read more ›

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Annual Meeting 2018

Good afternoon! … Two weeks until the early-bird registration deadline. Here are some links:

  • Conference website – (login for detailed preliminary program)
  • Tentative session schedule
  • New Practitioner Track
  • Premiere of ErgoX Symposium during the Annual Meeting: full-day on Monday, October 1.  Register for both at the same time to get a discount.
  • Childcare services available through Your Other Hands (recommended by the Philadelphia Marriott): $20/hour for one child; $2.50/hour for each additional child.



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Annual Meeting 2015

The Annual Meeting is just around the corner! Below is a list of sessions with aging-related content, followed by details of Aging TG sessions and those co-sponsored by Aging TG.

1:30 pm –  3:00 pm S1 – Safety Topics 1: Practices and Applications
3:30 pm –  5:00 pm POS1 – Interactive Posters & Demos Session

8:30 am – 10:00 am HC3 – Cognition and Decision Support
10:30 am – 12:00 pm A1  – Aging and Technologies for Health Care
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm  ATG – Business Meeting

8:30 am – 10:00 am  A2 – Aging, Information Search, and Virtual Agents
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm  ST5 – Affordances for Young and Old

8:30 am – 10:00 am SF5 – Interactions with Technology
10:30 am – 12:00 pm HC13 – Health Care Safety
10:30 am – 12:00 pm OE5 – Motion and Reach

WEDNESDAY, 28 October 2015

 Session A1: Aging and Technologies for Health Care

  • 10:30 am – 12:00 noon
  • Platinum Ballroom A
  • Aging session, co-sponsored by Health Care
  1. Danielle Ishak and Dan Nathan-Roberts, San Jose State U.,Analysis of Elderly Human–Robot Team Trust Models
  2. Jenay M. Beer, U. of South Carolina; Arthur D. Fisk and Wendy A. Rogers, Georgia Inst. of Technology, Commanding Home Robots: A Comparison Between Older Adults With and Without Mobility Loss
  3. Karina R. Liles, Rachel E. Stuck, Allison A. Kacmar, and Jenay M. Beer, U. of South Carolina, Understanding Retirement Community Employees’ Perceived Benefits and Concerns of Smart Presence Technology

 Aging TG – Business Meeting Lunch

  • 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
  • Plaza 1 (Tower Rooms)

THURSDAY, 29 October 2015

 Session A2: Aging, Information Search, and Virtual Agents

  • 8:30 am – 10:00 am
  • Diamond Ballroom 6
  • Aging session, co-sponsored by Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making
  1. Tamirat Abegaz, U. of North Georgia; Edward Dillon, Jr., and Juan E. Gilbert, U. of Florida, Investigating Perceived Usability and Choice Satisfaction of Alternative Search Engines’ Presentation for Older Adults
  2. Jessie Chin, Evan Anderson, Chieh-Li Chin, and Wai-Tat Fu, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,Age Differences in Information Search: An Exploration-Exploitation Trade-Off Model
  3. Natalee Baldwin, Jessica Branyon, and Richard Pak,
    Clemson U., In Search of Virtual Social Facilitation Effects

 Session ST5: Affordances for Young and old

  • 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Platinum Ballroom I
  • Surface Transportation session, co-sponsored by Aging
  1. Yusuke Yamani, Old Dominion U.; Siby Samuel, Luis Roman Gerardino, Tracy Zafian, and Donald L. Fisher, U. of Massachusetts-Amherst, Navigating Intersections: Examining Age-Related Differences in Visual Scanning on a Driving Simulator
  2. Chaiwoo Lee, Bryan Reimer, Bruce Mehler, and Joseph F. Coughlin, Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, User Acceptance of Voice Interfaces in the Automobile
  3. Heejin Jeong, U. of Michigan; Paul A. Green, U. of Michigan Transportation Research Inst., Honking Helps Overcome the Driving-Too-Slowly Problem in Driving Simulators
  4. Akhilesh Krishnan and Siby Samuel, U. of Massachusetts-Amherst; Matthew Romoser, Western New England U.; Donald L. Fisher, U. of Massachusetts-Amherst, A Study to Evaluate the Effectiveness of a Tablet-Based Training Program for Younger Drivers: Addressing DistractionHead On
  5. T. Kajaks, Toronto Rehabilitation Inst.; A. Crizzle, U. of Waterloo; J. Gish, R. Fleisig, and B. Vrkljan, McMaster U., Older Adults and Vehicle Design: Evidence-Based Approach to Examining Vehicle Ingress and Egress

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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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Deadline for Early-Bird Registration Annual MeetingAugust 20th, 2018
Annual Meeting StartsOctober 1st, 2018