Our Projects

The TAGteam consists of talented individuals with backgrounds in computer science, engineering, human-computer interaction, human factors, graphic and interface design, psychology and sociology.

InTouch (Connections)

Technologies to Combat Social Isolation and Loneliness

Seniors use the Internet for a variety of purposes: to access information (such as on health web sites), for entertainment, and for keeping in touch with family and friends through email, instant messaging, and desktop videoconferencing. Yet there are millions of Canadians who do not make use of such communications technology, and are isolated and lonely because they live alone, are at home providing 24/7 health care, find themselves in hospital beds for long periods of time, or are in hospice care. We are therefore developing novel technologies to combat social isolation.

Publications

Enhancing Social Connectedness Amongst Institutionalized Older Adults

TITLE: Can digital technology enhance social connectedness amongst institutionalized older adults? Computer Science meets Sociology for an Action Research Project.
Authors: Barbara Barbosa Neves, Christian Beermann, Rebecca Judges, Nadia Nassar, and Ron Baecker.
Date: July 2016
Event: Proceedings to appear at the Third ISA Forum of Sociology, held in Vienna, Austria.

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“My Hand Doesn’t Listen to Me!

Title: My hand doesn’t listen to me: Adoption and Evaluation of a Communication Technology for the “Oldest Old”
Authors: Bárbara Barbosa Neves, Rachel Franz, Cosmin Munteanu, Ronald Baecker and Mags Ngo.
Date: April 18-23, 2015
Event: CHI 2015, ACM, Seoul, Korea.

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Technology to reduce social isolation and loneliness

Title: Technology to reduce social isolation and loneliness.
Authors: Ron Baecker, Kate Sellen, Sarah Crosskey, Veronique Boscart and Barbara Barbosa Neves
Date: October 2014
Event: In Proceedings of the 16th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers & accessibility (pp. 27-34) ACM.

Understanding and Reducing Isolation due to Chronic Pain

Title: Understanding and Reducing Isolation due to Chronic Pain
Authors: A. Benjamin,  Jessica David, Ronald M. Baecker, D. Gromala, Jeremy Birnholtz, A. Furlan, Veronique Boscart,
Date: 2011
Event: FICCDAT Toronto, Ontario, June 5-8, 2011.

Living with Pain, Staying in Touch

Title: Living with Pain, Staying in Touch: Exploring the Communication Needs of Older Adults with Chronic Pain
Authors: J. David, A. Benjamin, Ronald M. Baecker, D. Gromala, Jeremy Birnholtz
Date: 2011
Event: In Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems (CHI EA ’11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1219-1224.

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Other Projects

PhotoFlow: A Mobile Digital Tabletop Picture-Mediated Sharing of Older Adults’ Family Memories

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Designing Acceptable Virtual Doctors

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MyCare, an information sharing tool between seniors and caregivers

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