Young researcher Natalija Rebrica attended the CREATE workshop in New York City
Young researcher Natalia Rebrica, who joined the Center for Social Informatics in October 2019, attended the CREATE “Designing for Older Adults” workshop. The workshop was held at Well Cornell Medicine - Center on Aging and Behavioral Research, 21-22 October 2019. The two-day workshop was led by members of CREATE - Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement: Prof. Sara Czaja, PhD (Director of CREATE), Prof. Walter Boot, PhD, Prof. Neil Charness, PhD, and Prof. Wendy Rogers, PhD.
CREATE is a collaborative project across five prominent American Universities, marking 20 years this year. The purpose of the project is a multidisciplinary and applied exploration of technology use among older adults with the aim of supporting and enhancing their independence, productivity, health, safety, social cohesion and quality of life.
The CREATE workshop is unique in the sense of providing interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise:
- on the aging process including sensory, motor, and cognitive functioning and their implications for technological development,
- on issues relevant to the design and implementation of technology in real world settings of aging, and
- for the development of an academic career of early stage researchers in aging and technology
As part of the workshop, an application for a special invited section at the ISG Conference was submitted for the Research Group “Internet Research”, funded by Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS).
The young researcher is enrolled in the Social Informatics Doctoral Program and will carry out her training under the mentorship of Dr. Andraž Petrovčič, Assistant Professor. In her doctoral thesis she will be focusing on older adults’ awareness and use of assisted living technologies (ATLs), where Dr. Urška Tuškej Lovšin, Assistant Professor, will take part as her co-mentor.