Technology for Independent Living

Group photo of members of the Technology for Indepedent Living research teamThe RIA is leading the creation of technologies that support aging in new and innovative ways – from novel sensors to autonomous systems. Interdisciplinary research teams combine their knowledge and skills to push the boundaries of what is possible.

Researchers from across the University of Waterloo campus and many other academic institutions collaborate with regional entrepreneurs and knowledge users including older adults and care partners. A guiding theme of this research is that it is developed with and for older adults; this includes systematically examining how technologies can be made to complement their needs, goals, and abilities.

Project Highlights

  • Ambient sensors and systems to enable vitals, activity, and falls support for wellbeing monitoring and management
  • High-frame rate ultrasound to quantify risk for stroke and cerebrovascular health
  • Safety flooring to reduce risk of an injury from a fall
  • CARE-RATE: An internet-based tool for family care partners of people living with dementia to identify useful products, knowledge, and other resources


Theme Chair
Dr. Jennifer Boger, PhD, PEng (Schlegel Research Chair in Technology for Independent Living, University of Waterloo)

Research Scientists
Dr. Richard Hughson (Schlegel Research Chair in Vascular Aging and Brain Health, University of Waterloo)
Dr. Andrew Laing (University of Waterloo)
Dr. Plinio Morita  (University of Waterloo)
Dr. Safieddin (Ali) Safavi-Naeini  (University of Waterloo)
Dr. George Shaker  (University of Waterloo)
Dr. Alexander Wong  (University of Waterloo)
Dr. Alfred Yu (University of Waterloo)