Selected currently funded projects

livewell LiveWell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Information and Communication Technology Access 

Funding agency: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), DHHS 90RE5023
PI: Frank DeRuyter (Duke); Collaborators: Mike Jones and Ron Seel (Shepherd Center)

The LiveWell RERC will address NIDILRR’s priorities through two primary missions: 1) to promote ICT access to existing and emerging technologies for all people regardless of ability; and 2) develop and validate ICT applications to improve the capacity for independent living and community participation. Three research and three development projects are proposed to address the two-fold mission of the LiveWell RERC. Each will examine important aspects of ICT access. [Visit LiveWell]

NUCare Poster - OverallNortheastern University Center for Technology in Support of Self-Management and Health (NUCare)

Funding agency: National Institute for Nursing Research
Prime institution: Northeastern University
PI: Barbara Guthrie; Co-Is: Holly Jimison, Misha Pavel

The goal of this project is to develop an infrastructure to support nurse scientists with access to state-of-the-art monitoring and communication technologies, data management support, and just-in-time research trainings to enable nurse scientists to conduct research on scaleable and effective self-management interventions. We aim to promote high quality nursing research in self-management, community-based participatory design, technologies for home monitoring and coaching, and team-based care that includes families and informal caregivers. [Visit NUCare]

Validity testing of the Antioxidant Home Monitoring free radical test kit
Funding partner: Antioxidant Home Monitoring, LLC

Our goal is to assess the validity and usability of the Antioxidant Home Monitoring free radical test kit and to pilot the use of the test kit in concert with a wellness coaching protocol. We hypothesize that the AHM test kit will allow individuals to observe the results of the test as an objective measure of their efforts to improve their overall health.

Strengthening Human Adaptive Reasoning and Problem-solving (SHARP)
Funding agency: Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)
Prime institution: Honeywell
Program information

This program will use innovative and promising approaches from a variety of fields with an emphasis on collecting data from a set of cognitive, behavioral, and biological outcome measures in order to determine convergent validity of successful approaches.

FUSION: Integrated Eye Tracking and Neural Monitoring for Enhanced Assessment of TBI
Funding agency: Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) / TATRC
Prime institution: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
PI: Mark Ettenhofer
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The program supports the development of metrics for diagnosis and evaluation of mild traumatic brain injury.

Recent completed projects

roybal Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions Pilot Project: Remote Health Coaching Technology to Address Depression Risk Factors in Older Adult Populations with Health Disparities

Funding agency: National Institute on Aging
Prime institution: Brandeis University
PI: Margie Lachman, Pilot PI: Holly Jimison

The goal of the overall Boston Roybal Center is to develop and test behavior change strategies to promote health aging, especially among adults at high risk for poor health outcomes.  The goal of the pilot project is to explore methods for making interactive health coaching technologies for older adults in the home more engaging motivating for populations with health disparities.

Integrated Communications and Inference Systems for Continuous Coordinated Care of Older Adults in the Home

Funding agency: National Science Foundation
Prime institution: University of California Berkeley
PI: Ruzena Bajcsy

The project uses a mix of networking and monitoring technologies to connect older adults with a remote health coach (real person facilitated by a semi-automated program) and remote family members. One of the key design issues is how best to preserve privacy and enable the participants to control the distribution and sharing of their data. The intervention is designed to provide coordinated and continuous health management.