Taxonomic Search: Marjorie Skubic
Americans are living longer and more fulfilling lives. They desire to live as independently as possible, but independent lifestyles come with risks, such as debilitating falls that limit mobility. To address these issues, researchers are developing "smart home" technologies to enhance residents' safety and monitor health conditions using sensors and other devices. In particular, the continuous assessment of physical function is a key indicator of initial decline in health and functional ability.
The interdisciplinary eldertech team at the University of Missouri is dedicated to developing and evaluating technology to keep older adults functioning at high levels and living independently. We are leveraging ongoing research at a unique local eldercare facility (TigerPlace) to study active sensing and fusion using vision and acoustic sensors for the continuous assessment of a resident's risk of falling as well as the reliable detection of falls in the home environment.