My projects are focused on voice assistants (such as Google's Assistant or Amazon's Alexa) for older adults in the context of home health and wellbeing. I seek to characterize the design decisions needed to maintain inclusive participation in this time of rapid technological change. What are the design choices required to address the needs and preferences of older adults in the design of voice assistants? How can we create paths for re-design that take into account unexpected effects?

  1. My Care Questionnaire: We are working with doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) to adapt the Electronic Rapid Fitness Assessment (eRFA), a geriatric health assessment, to voice format. The goal is for patients to have the option to complete their health assessments using smart speakers.
  2. The Mmhmm Machine: We are creating a voice app to generate questions that prompt meaningful conversations. For this project, we are being mentored by folks at StoryCorps.
  3. Multi-modal conversational agents to assist with routine care tasks: We are exploring how voice assistants might be designed to support home health care workers vital work, ranging from medication management, providing on-demand assistance and support, and help with medical/wellbeing tasks, reminders, and more.