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George Demiris

PIK University Professor, University of Pennsylvania

George Demiris, PhD, FACMI, is a Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania (in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, Perelman School of Medicine). He received his PhD in Health Informatics from the University of Minnesota. He is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and the Gerontological Society of America. His research is exploring innovative ways to utilize technology and support patients and their families in various settings including home and hospice care. He also studies “smart home” solutions for aging, and digitally augmented residential settings to facilitate passive monitoring and support independence and quality of life for community dwelling older adults. He has conducted numerous federally funded studies and his work has been funded consistently over the years both by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). His research provides evidence-based recommendations as to how to design systems that are easily adopted by older adults and integrated in their lives. He has examined the challenges of privacy and obtrusiveness in the context of technology use, and he has provided a comprehensive examination of technical, ethical, and practical challenges associated with the use of technology to support aging.