Monday, October 10, 2011 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
KEC 1001

Speaker Information

Dr. Aaron S. Crandall
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Washington State University
Center for Advanced Studies in Adaptive Systems


The population of the United States is aging. By 2040 the largest age group will be 80-plus. We do not have the care facilities or care providers to handle this upcoming wave of older adults. New approaches and tools are needed to address this issue. There is a movement among the gerontology field to move towards an aging in place philosophy, where people need to live in their homes longer instead of moving to a care facility. The CASAS group at WSU has been focused on building smart home technologies that can assist residents and care givers with this aging in place philosophy.

This talk on smart home technologies will introduce the CASAS research environment and the wide range of applications that these smart homes are used for. The CASAS group has constructed a series of smart home testbeds in private homes for real world data collection. This has enabled them to explore algorithms for interpreting and mining smart home data using a wide range of artificial intelligence, machine learning and data mining strategies. The goal is to enable computers to build accurate models of what and how well the smart home residents are doing in their day to day activities. With these new capabilities, systems to help residents live in their homes longer become more feasible.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Crandall is a postdoctoral research associate at Washington State University's Center for Advanced Studies in Adaptive Systems (CASAS). His work has included the application of behaviometrics to smart home systems, as well as techniques for handling multiple residents within smart homes. These tools are geared towards the overall goals of the CASAS smart home research group to build novel approaches to support aging in place and eldercare technologies. Dr. Crandall received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Washington State University in 2011, his Master of Computer Science from Oregon Health and Science University in 2006 and his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Portland in 2001