Dr. Jennifer Boger

BSc, MSc, PhD, PEng
Schlegel Research Chair in Technology for Independent Living
Assistant Professor, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo
Director, Intelligent Technologies for Wellness and Independent Living (ITWIL) Lab


Dr. Boger has been an active researcher in the field of intelligent assistive technologies for enhancing the health, safety, well-being, and independence of older adults and people with disabilities for more than a decade. Jennifer employs transdisciplinary collaboration throughout her research to advance theory and create operational technologies that reflect the needs, abilities, and contexts of the people using them. A central theme to her research is the development of ambient zero-effort technologies – technologies that blend into people’s environments and operate with little or no effort perceived from the people using them.
In addition to her role as Schlegel Research Chair in Technology for Independent Living, Jennifer is an Assistant Professor in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Current research projects include:

  • Ambient monitoring of the physiology and activity of people with chronic health conditions
  • Using cognitive computing to connect care partners of people living with dementia in the community to the resources and support they need
  • Innovative technologies for connecting children and older adults


Boger, J., Jackson, P., Mulvenna, M., Sixsmith, J., Sixsmith, A., Mihailidis, A., Kontos, P., Polgar, J., Grigorovich, A. and Martin, S. (2016). Principles for fostering the transdisciplinary development of assistive technologies. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, early online. doi: 10.3109/17483107.2016.1151953

Boger, J., Taati, B. and Mihailidis, A. (2015). Interdisciplinary development of manual and automated product usability assessments for older adults with dementia: Lessons learned. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, early online, 1-7.

Boger, J., Arcelus, A. and Mihailidis, A. (2014). Themes learned through the development of intelligent environments that support healthy well-being. Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments, 6(2), 215-235.

Boger, J., Quraishi, M., Turcotte, N. and Dunal, L. (2014). The Identification of Assistive Technologies Being Used to Support the Daily Occupations of Community-dwelling Older Adults with Dementia: A Cross-sectional Pilot Study. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 9(1), 17-30.

Boger, J., Craig, T. and Mihailidis, A. (2013). Examining the impact of familiarity on faucet usability for older adults with dementia. BMC Geriatrics, 13(63), online.

Leuty, V., Boger, J., Young, L., Hoey, J. and Mihailidis, A. (2013). Engaging Older Adults with Dementia in Creative Occupations Using Artificially Intelligent Assistive Technology. Assistive Technology, 25(2), 72-79.

Lu, E., Wang, R., Huq, R., Gardner, D., Karam, P., Zabjek, K., Hébert, D., Boger, J. and Mihailidis, A. (2012). Development of a robotic device for upper limb stroke rehabilitation: A user-centered design approach. Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics, 2(4), 176-184. doi:10.2478/s13230-012-0009-0

Boger, J. and Mihailidis, A. (2011). The Future of Intelligent Assistive Technologies for Cognition: Devices Under Development to Support Independent Living and Aging-with-Choice. NeuroRehabilitation, 28(3), 271-80.

Boger, J., Hoey, J., Fenton, K., Craig, T. and Mihailidis, A. (2010). Using actors to develop technologies for older adults with dementia: A pilot study. Gerontechnology, 9(4), 450-463.

Mihailidis, A. and Boger, J, (2009). How engineers are helping seniors with dementia stay at home. Journal of Policy Engagement, 1(4), 2-8. (Invited article).

Hamill, M., Young, V., Boger, J. and Mihailidis, A. (2009). Development of an automated speech recognition interface for personal emergency response systems. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 6(26).

Viswanathan, P., Boger, J., Hoey, J., Elinas, P. and Mihailidis, A. (2007). The Future of Wheelchairs: Intelligent Collision Avoidance and Navigation Assistance. Geriatrics and Aging, 10(4), 253–256.

Boger, J., Hoey, J., Poupart, P., Boutilier, C., Fernie, G., and Mihailidis, A. (2006). A Planning System Based on Markov Decision Processes to Guide People with Dementia Through Activities of Daily Living. IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in BioMedicine,10(2), 323-333.

Boger, J., Poupart, P., Hoey, J., Boutilier, C., Fernie, G., and Mihailidis, A. (2005).  A decision-theoretic approach to task assistance for persons with dementia.  Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), Edinburgh, Scotland, 1293-1299.

Mihailidis, A., Carmichael, B., and Boger, J. (2004). The use of computer vision in an intelligent environment to support aging-in-place, safety, and independence in the home. IEEE Transaction on Information Technology in Biomedicine (Special Issue on Pervasive Healthcare), 8(3), 1 – 11.

Contact Information

Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
250 Laurelwood Drive
Waterloo, Ontario
N2J 0E2

Email: jboger@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: (519) 904-0660