to incorporate broad scientific and technological expertise and include consumer/caregiver participation?

  • What are the areas in which technology is most needed: personal assistance, caregiver assistance, mobility, cognition, perception, awareness, sensation, vocation?

  • How can universal design principles be applied to increase technology acceptance and diffusion?

  • How can advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, rapid prototyping, machine learning, materials science, computing, activity monitoring, and modeling, etc. be adopted to benefit older people and people with disabilities?

  • Develop tools/measures/metrics to assess the impact of technology on activity, quality of life, cost, community participation, and health (beyond morbidity and mortality).

  • What are the critical biological and biocompatibility issues that need to be overcome?

  • Develop technological innovations that promote independence, community participation, and healthful living.

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