Thanks to USC’s SmartHome, we are excited to announce new lab space, located in the USC-Columbia Technology Incubator. This space, provided by USC’s SmartHome, provides 600+ square feet for research, development, and usability testing of assistive technology. The space also allows for interaction and collaboration with Columbia’s premier start up companies -- a perfect environment for innovation and thought leadership!
Levkoff’s work will focus on developing technologies that will enable older adults to remain at home in the community with adequate supports, both for them and their caregivers. She has received sizable federal grants for her research from agencies including the National Institute on Aging, the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, as well as from foundations including the Alzheimer’s Association.”
In August 2013, the University of South Carolina welcomed Dr. Jenay Beer. Dr. Beer is trained an Engineering Psychologist. Engineering Psychology is an interdisciplinary field, also known as Human Factors, Human-Computer Interaction, and User Experience. She is an Assistant Professor with a joint position in the College of Engineering and Computing, and the College of Social Work and Assistant Director of Usability at the USC’s SmartHome initiative. Dr. Beer's research focuses on a human-centered approach to studying how older adults could benefit from assistive technology (http://artlab.sc.edu). “I am thrilled to be a part of the SmartHOME Team! We have big ideas, and I hope we will really make a different in the lives of older adults."