Plenary Sessions

Plenary, Wednesday Morning - "Disrupting the AT and Aging Landscape" Alex Mihailidis, PhD, PEng

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
9:00 am - 10:30 am
St. Charles Ballroom

There has been significant research completed on the development of assistive and consumer technologies to support the wellness of older adults. However, the majority of these devices have not made it to market and suffer from various limitations that make them inappropriate for an older adult to operate efficiently and effectively.  In order to ensure that future technologies for aging are useful, new ways of thinking in their designs is required. Disruption in the current technology landscape is needed that will force the way that we think about the design of these technology to change. This presentation will discuss the notion of disruptive technologies and how we are currently applying this concept is the design of our next generation of technologies for older adults.

 

Plenary, Thursday Morning: "The RESNA Debate"

Thursday, June 29, 2017
9:00 am - 10:30 am
St. Charles Ballroom

The RESNA Debate offers an opportunity to explore two sides of potentially controversial topics in the field of Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering. Two statements have been prepared which will be debated by experts in the field. A moderator will maintain timings and order of debaters.

Debate #1: Technology for Aging
Statement: Be it resolved that the future of assistive technology is in addressing functional limitations associated with aging rather than development of products addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Moderator: Emma Smith, OT, ATP/SMS, University of British Columbia
Debaters

  • For: Jennifer Boger, BSc, MSc, PhD, PEng, University of Waterloo
  • Against: Daniel Cochrane, MA, MS, ATP, CUSD 200 Wheaton-Warrenville

Debate #2: Universal Design
Resolution: Be it resolved that universal design is critical to assistive technology product development.
Moderator: David Jaffe, MS, Stanford University
Debaters

  • For: Dianne Goodwin, MS, Blue Sky Designs
  • Against: Jim Lenker,  PhD, OTR/L, ATP, University of Buffalo

 

Plenary, Friday Morning  - "Colin McLaurin Distinguished Lecture" by Cliff Brubaker, PhD

Friday, June 30, 2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
St. Charles Ballroom

Reflections on a Career and the Privilege of Association with Rehabilitation Engineering and RESNA

This presentation of the McLaurin Lecture will be the last significant professional event in the course of a 52 year career in Higher education at three noteworthy Institutions. In addition to serving as a tribute to Colin McLaurin, whom I regarded, not only as a dear friend, but aIso, my most significant mentor, Dr. Brubaker will present an annotated account of relevant rehabilitation engineering activities and events and other hopefully relevant and experiences in the course of his 52-year in higher education at the University of Oregon 1964 – 1973 (faculty ’66 – ’73); with a substantial commitment to the years at the University of Virginia (1973 -1991), particularly ’76 – ’91, the period that began with the arrival of Colin McLaurin, which accounts for most of his engagement in research and rehabilitation engineering activity.  Dr. Brubaker will conclude the presentation with an account of some relevant events and activities in rehabilitation engineering at the University of Pittsburgh where he will officially conclude his academic career on Sept. 30, 2017.

 

"Smith’s Not So Mundane View of the Future of Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering" by RESNA's President: Roger O. Smith, PhD, OT, FAOTA, RESNA Fellow

Friday, June 30, 2017
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
St. Charles Ballroom