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Jennifer Boger

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Department of Systems Design Engineering (University of Waterloo)

Schlegel Chair in Technology for Independent Living

Research Institute for Aging


Jennifer has been an active researcher in the field of intelligent assistive technologies for enhancing the safety and independence of older adults and people with disabilities for more than a decade. In addition to the application of artificial intelligence to assistive technology, Jennifer’s interests include user-centred design, advancement of zero-effort technologies, elicitation and implementation of user preferences and privacy, and encouraging collaboration between the diverse spectrum of stakeholders involved in the field of ambient assistive technologies.

Examples of research Jennifer is involved in include:

Jennifer is a Professional Engineer with a Ph.D. in Life and Health Sciences. She is an author on over 50 publications related to pervasive assistive technology, including co-editing the book “Technology and Aging” (IOS Press) and authoring an official position paper on Privacy by Design in collaboration with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. She is actively involved in international organisations such as the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) and Aging 2.0.

Jennifer's doctoral work investigated the transdisciplinary development of intelligent assistive technologies for supporting wellbeing. This included the identification and validation of several novel methods revolving around user-centric development practices to successfully capture required information, build appropriate prototypes, and evaluate the efficacy of the resulting devices.

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Books, monographs, and book chapters

Wang, R., Boger, J. and Mihailidis, A. (in review). Gerontechnology. In H. Fillit, K. Rockwood and J. Young (Eds.), Brocklehurstís Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (8th edition), Elsevier.

Chang, S. J. I., Boger, J., Qiu, J. and Mihailidis, A. (in press). Pervasive computing and ambient physiological monitoring devices. In B. Bouchard and S. Guillet (Eds.), Assistive Technologies in Smart Environments for People with Disabilities. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Boger, J. and Mihailidis, A. (2015). Assistive Technology for Psychomotor Functioning and Sequencing Complex Movements. In B. O'Neill and A. Gillespie (Eds.), Assistive Technology for Psychomotor Functioning and Sequencing Complex Movements. London, UK: Psychology Press.

Mihailidis, A., Boger, J., Hoey, J., and Jiancaro, T. (2011). Zero Effort Technologies: Considerations, Challenges and Use in Health, Wellness, and Rehabilitation. In R. M. Baecker, (Ed.), Synthesis Lectures on Assistive, Rehabilitative, and Health-Preserving Technologies. San Rafael, CA: Morgan & Claypool Publishers. ISBN: 9781608455195. DOI: 10.2200/S00380ED1V01Y201108ARH002.

Mihailidis, A., Boger, J., Lockton, V. and Chibba, M. Sensors and In-Home Collection of Health Data: A Privacy by Design Approach. Report prepared in collaboration with the Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario, Canada. 2010.

Peer-reviewed journal papers

Boger, J., Jackson, P., Mulvenna, M., Sixsmith, J., Sixsmith, A., Mihailidis, A., Kontos, P., Polgar, J., Grigorovich, A. and Martin, S. (2016). Principles for fostering the transdisciplinary development of assistive technologies. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, early online. doi: 10.3109/17483107.2016.1151953

Boger, J., Taati, B. and Mihailidis, A. (2015). Interdisciplinary development of manual and automated product usability assessments for older adults with dementia: Lessons learned. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, early online, 1-7.

Boger, J., Arcelus, A. and Mihailidis, A. (2014). Themes learned through the development of intelligent environments that support healthy well-being. Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments, 6(2), 215-235.

Boger, J., Quraishi, M., Turcotte, N. and Dunal, L. (2014). The Identification of Assistive Technologies Being Used to Support the Daily Occupations of Community-dwelling Older Adults with Dementia: A Cross-sectional Pilot Study. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 9(1), 17-30.

Boger, J., Craig, T. and Mihailidis, A. (2013). Examining the impact of familiarity on faucet usability for older adults with dementia. BMC Geriatrics, 13(63), online.

Leuty, V., Boger, J., Young, L., Hoey, J. and Mihailidis, A. (2013). Engaging Older Adults with Dementia in Creative Occupations Using Artificially Intelligent Assistive Technology. Assistive Technology, 25(2), 72-79.

Bimbrahw, J., Boger, J. and Mihailidis, A. (2012). Investigating the Efficacy of a Computerized Prompting Device to Assist Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Activities of Daily Living. Assistive Technology, 24(4), 286-298. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2012.680661

Lu, E., Wang, R., Huq, R., Gardner, D., Karam, P., Zabjek, K., Hébert, D., Boger, J. and Mihailidis, A. (2012). Development of a robotic device for upper limb stroke rehabilitation: A user-centered design approach. Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics, 2(4), 176-184. doi:10.2478/s13230-012-0009-0

Lu, E., Wang, R., Hebert, D., Boger, J., Galea, M., and Mihailidis, A. (2011). The development of an upper limb stroke rehabilitation robot: Identification of clinical practices and design requirements through a survey of therapists.Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 6(5), 420-431. doi:10.3109/17483107.2010.544370

Boger, J. and Mihailidis, A. (2011). The Future of Intelligent Assistive Technologies for Cognition: Devices Under Development to Support Independent Living and Aging-with-Choice. NeuroRehabilitation, 28(3), 271-80.

Boger, J., Hoey, J., Fenton, K., Craig, T. and Mihailidis, A. (2010). Using actors to develop technologies for older adults with dementia: A pilot study. Gerontechnology, 9(4), 450-463.

Mihailidis, A. and Boger, J, (2009). How engineers are helping seniors with dementia stay at home. Journal of Policy Engagement, 1(4), 2-8. (Invited article).

Hamill, M., Young, V., Boger, J. and Mihailidis, A. (2009). Development of an automated speech recognition interface for personal emergency response systems. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 6(26).

Lam, P., Hebert, D., Boger, J., Lacheray, H., Gardner, D., Apkarian, J. and Mihailidis, A. (2008). A haptic-robotic platform for upper-limb reaching stroke therapy: Preliminary design and evaluation results. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 5:15.

Viswanathan, P., Boger, J., Hoey, J., Elinas, P. and Mihailidis, A. (2007). The Future of Wheelchairs: Intelligent Collision Avoidance and Navigation Assistance. Geriatrics and Aging, 10(4), 253–256.

Boger, J., Hoey, J., Poupart, P., Boutilier, C., Fernie, G., and Mihailidis, A. (2006). A Planning System Based on Markov Decision Processes to Guide People with Dementia Through Activities of Daily Living. IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in BioMedicine, 10(2), 323-333.

Boger, J., Poupart, P., Hoey, J., Boutilier, C., Fernie, G., and Mihailidis, A. (2005).  A decision-theoretic approach to task assistance for persons with dementia.  Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), Edinburgh, Scotland, 1293-1299.

Mihailidis, A., Carmichael, B., and Boger, J. (2004). The use of computer vision in an intelligent environment to support aging-in-place, safety, and independence in the home. IEEE Transaction on Information Technology in Biomedicine (Special Issue on Pervasive Healthcare), 8(3), 1 – 11.