Fall 2007 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Implications of Rapidly Evolving Gerontechnologies for High Speed Networks

Time 10/09/07 01:15PM-02:30PM

Session Abstract

Information and communications technologies (ICT) have undergone extraordinary advances in the past 5 years. Two aspects of these developments are discussed along with their implications
for gerontechnology. First, international high speed Internet networks serving the academic community are poised to inform the public's computer networks of tomorrow. Second, computational systems that increasingly penetrate every facet of the built environment, for instance, transportation, clothing, furnishings, personal items, and home environmental control and security will be discussed. Over time such embedded systems are being integrated into large wired and wireless networks of devices which may extend over international boundaries. High bandwidth networked applications in development include multipoint videoconferencing using multicast IPv6 protocols, telepresence, virtual reality simulations and remote sensing for gathering data in built environments. Examples of how these developments create new applications for all four of the goals of gerontechnology - prevention, compensation, care and enhancement of quality of life - are provided. Enhanced technological services for the elderly will develop, including transportation guidance, nutritional monitoring, safety and security, mental health and healthcare, environmental control, and communications. International networks promise more uniform care standards for the elderly, increase the opportunity for collaboration among researchers and educators tackling the difficult problems associated with aging, including dementia, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Networks have the promise of enhancing outcomes by maximizing economies of scale by collecting research observations from multiple international venues. New educational approaches addressing the challenges of aging include virtual reality applications which simulate the impact of aging for young individuals. Monitoring individuals in their homes using ICT and computer networks can impose significant ethical responsibilities upon governing agencies.


Speaker Bill Kearns University of South Florida

Speaker James Fozard University of South Florida

Speaker Sean Barbeau University of South Florida

Presentation Media

Secondary tracks What's Next for the Net

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