Technology and Dementia

Saturday, July 15, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, Room: Trinity Suite
London, England


Technology and Dementia, a preconference to the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), will convene researchers using technological based research, including mobile technology, home-based technology and social networking, to apply innovative study design and potential solutions to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia research. The program consists of invited speakers, as well as oral and poster presentations from submitted abstracts.

The preconference is organized by the Technology Professional Interest Area (PIA) of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART).

Program Chairs

Agenda and speakers
  • Time
  • Topic
  • Participants

9 – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Jesse Hoey, Ph.D.
Chair, ISTAART Technology Professional Interest Area (PIA); University of Waterloo, Canada

Session I: Engaging with Users and Co-design Principles to Improve Usability/Adoption

9:15 – 9:35 a.m.

Co-design Principles

Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, Ph.D.
Washington State University, United States

9:35 – 9:55 a.m.

Patient Engagement

Rose-Marie Dröes, Ph.D., M.D.
VU University Medical Center, Netherlands

9:55 – 10:15 a.m.

Panel Discussion

Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe and Rose-Marie Dröes

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Break & Poster Viewing


Session II: Poster Data Blitz Presentations

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

STAR-C-Telemedicine: Accessible Caregiver Support

Allison Lindauer, Deniz Erten-Lyons, Jeffrey Kaye, Katherine Mincks, Nora Mattek, Hiroko Dodge, Linda Teri

The National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center: Querying the Database and Requesting Data

Kristen Schwabe-Fry, Mark Bollenbeck, Merilee Teylan, Duane Beekly, George Thomas, Janene Hubbard, Mary Jacka, Joylee Wu, Lilah Besser, Walter Kukull

Studying Neurodegeneration with Automated Linguistic Analysis of Speech Data

Ellen Korcovelos, Kathleen Fraser, Jed Meltzer, Graeme Hirst, Frank Rudzicz

Use of Wearable Motion Sensors to Assess the Behaviour of Alzheimer's Patients in Simulated Domestic Environments

Ian McCarthy, Ayako Suzuki, Tatsuto Suzuki, Nick Tyler, Catherine Holloway, Derrick Boampong, Nikolaos Papadosifos, Amelia Carton, Dilek Ocal, Keir Yong, Sebastian Crutch

Feasibility of Automated Voice Based Cognitive Assessment on a Consumer Voice Platform

Nick Taptiklis, Francesca Cormack, Pasquale Dente, Rosa Backx, Jennifer Barnett

Using Technology to Support Activities of Daily Living in People with Dementia. Optimizing Development and Implementation of a Mobile App through Participatory Design and Data-Log Analysis

Laila Oeksnebjerg, Gunhild Waldemar, Bob Woods

Human Factors Engineering Design of a Mobile Applications to Provide Informal Caregivers with Individualized Approaches for Managing Alzheimer’s Disease-Associated Behavioral Symptoms: A Machine Learning Approach

Nicole Werner, Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, Tianning Chen, Connor Pardell, Ashish Shenoy, Rachel Zenker, Amy Kind

A Longitudinal User Study Testing Two Locating Systems in Home Dementia Care

Herlind Megges, Silka Freiesleben, Valentina Lüdtke, Christina Rösch, Oliver Peters

Comparing Clinically-Based Vs. Algorithm-Generated Interventions in the Context of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Prevention Continuous, Objective, and Home-Based Assessment of Activity and Effort Related to Caregiving

Emily Caesar, Hollie Hristov, Katherine Hackett, John Walker, Richard Isaacson Neil Thomas, Nora Mattek, Thomas Riley, Phelps Witter, Christina Reynolds, Johanna Austin, Nicole Sharma, Jeffrey Kaye

Improving Diagnostic Accuracy of Alzheimer's Disease from Speech Analysis Using Markers of Hemispatial Neglect

Thalia Field, Vaden Masrani, Gabriel Murray, Giuseppe Carenini

Improving Brain Health through an Online Lifestyle Program: Preferences of Individuals with Subjective Cognitive Decline

Linda Wesselman, Ann-Katrin Schild, Nina Coll-Padros, Wieke van der Borg, Rosalinde Slot, Lena Sannemann, Lorena Rami, José Luis Molinuevo, Femke Bouwman, Frank Jessen, Wiesje van der Flier, Sietske Sikkes

Digital Analytics on Simple Drawing Is an Effective Method for Dementia Screening

Kelvin Tsoi, Michael PF Wong, Max WY Lam, Adrian Wong, Timothy Kwok

Session III: Emotionally Aware Technologies

11:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Automatic Recognition of Pain and Related States

Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze, Ph.D.
University College London, England

12:05 – 12:25 p.m.

Assistive and Companion Robot Technologies

Tony Prescott, Ph.D.
University of Sheffield, England

12:25 – 12:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze and Tony Prescott

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch (included)


Session IV: Working with Data

1:45 – 2:05 p.m.

Update on the Progress with Data Analytics within the Context of Dementia Care

Alan F. Smeaton, Ph.D.
Dublin City University, Ireland

2:05 – 2:25 p.m.

Data Analytics within the Context of Dementia Care

Shirin Enshaeifar
University of Surrey, England

2:25 – 2:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Panelists: Alan F. Smeaton and Payam Barnaghi
Moderator: Christopher Nugent, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Break & Poster Viewing



3:15 – 4 p.m.

Oral Presentations (15 min each)


Julie Robillard, University of British Columbia, Canada

Arlene Astell, University of Toronto, Canada

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Involving People with Dementia in Participatory Design: Ethical Processes and Consent for Dementia Research

Ruby Allen, Sharon Cook, Sue Hignett, Charlotte Jais

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Examining Current Technology-Enabled Care Practices for People with Dementia in the UK: Findings from Accommodate (A Collaborative, COMMunity-based ethnography Of people living Dementia using Assistive technology and TElecare at home)

Matthew Lariviere

3:45 – 4 p.m.

General Question and Answer Period

4 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Jesse Hoey, Ph.D.
Chair, ISTAART Technology Professional Interest Area (PIA); University of Waterloo, Canada

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

The ISTAART Technology PIA Annual Business Meeting will occur immediately following the Technology and Dementia Preconference, at approximately 4:15 p.m.


Technology PIA Business meeting

The ISTAART Technology PIA Business Meeting will take place immediately following the Technology and Dementia Preconference at 4:15 p.m.

Target audience

Researchers invested in the development and validation of technological resources for individuals affected by dementia.


Technology and Dementia is a preconference to AAIC 2017. Preconferences require a separate registration fee in addition to AAIC full conference registration or it may be purchased as a stand-alone event. View registration information.



The Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART) is a professional society for individuals interested in Alzheimer's and dementia science—including scientists, physicians and other professionals involved in the causes and treatments of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. ISTAART membership makes AAIC even better: receive discounted registration, participate in professional interest areas (PIA), attend PIA Day scientific sessions (Saturday, July 15) and attend exclusive member-only scientific and networking events. Members also receive ongoing benefits throughout the year, including an online monthly subscription to Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, free online access to Neurobiology of Aging, access to the online career center, monthly e-newsletters, networking forums and extended LOI deadlines for the Alzheimer's Association International Research Grant Program.

Non-members are encouraged to learn more and join ISTAART. Non-members may also join ISTAART during AAIC registration -- select "Member +PLUS" or "Student Member +PLUS " as the AAIC registration category to purchase one year of ISTAART membership in addition to AAIC registration at the member rate. Available to new members only.

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