Visit and guest lecture of Prof. Neil Charness (Florida State University)


The Centre of Social Informatics (CSI) at the Faculty of Social Sciences hosted Prof. Neil Charness from Florida State University, US. Prof. Charness visited CSI between 11. and 13. October 2018 as part of a bilateral international project funded by the Slovenian Research Agency aiming at designing measurement instruments and training solutions for improving the digital skills and technological proficiency in the context of the adoption of ambient assisted living services on mobile applications.

During his visit Prof. Charness also gave a guest lecture “The promise and limits of technology to promote successful longevity” to graduate students enrolled in the Master of Social Informatics at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The lecture outlined the human factors framework for technology interventions and discussed examples from three areas: cognition and brain training, advanced driver assistance systems, and social isolation.

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Neil Charness is William G. Chase Professor of Psychology, Director of the Institute for Successful Longevity and Associate Director of the University Transportation Center (Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP) at Florida State University.  He received his BA from McGill University (1969) and MSc and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University (1971, 1974) in Psychology.  Neil’s current research focuses on human factors approaches to age and technology use, interventions to promote improved cognition, and aging driver and pedestrian safety.  He has held grants related to aging and cognition, expert performance, and human factors from the Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Retirement Research Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute on Aging. He has published over 200 journal articles, book chapters, proceedings papers, and technical reports, and also co-authored books on Designing Telehealth for an Aging Population: A Human Factors Perspective, Designing for older adults: Principles and creative human factors approaches (2nd Edition), and co-edited The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance. He served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Health and Safety Issues for Older Workers and as a consultant to several other NASEM committees dealing with age and technology.  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science, and the Gerontological Society of America. He received the Jack A. Kraft Innovator award (with CREATE colleagues) from the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (2013); the Franklin V. Taylor Award for Outstanding Contributions in the field of Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology from Division 21 of APA (2016); the M. Powell Lawton award for Distinguished Contribution to Applied Gerontology from Division 20 of APA (2016), the APA Prize for Interdisciplinary Team Research with CREATE colleagues (2016), was honored as a Grandmaster of the International Society for Gerontechnology (2018), and received APA’s Committee on Aging award for the Advancement of Psychology and Aging (2018).