In 2014, 12.4% of the population in Singapore were above 65 years of age and this is projected to increase to 19% by 2030. Among them, those living alone is likely to increase to 83,000 by 2030, up from 35,000 today. The ability to “age in place” - living where you have lived for years with reasonable quality of life, is especially important for the latter group.
While Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled ambient intelligence environments that allow caregivers to remotely monitor a loved one’s activities 24/7 are emerging, most of the above systems are technology-centric, operate in silos and do not tie in with end-to-end care provisioning. Moreover, the elderly community exhibit huge variations in their living patterns and behaviour and a one-size-fits-all system will probably not work for all.
In this presentation, I will talk about SHINESeniors, an SMU-initiated effort to tackle the above issues through the integration of ambient intelligence with care provisioning, and the personalization of such systems. This research project, supported by the Ministry of National Development and National Research Foundation under the Land and Liveability National Innovation Challenge (L2NIC) funding, is a collaborative effort with A*STAR, Eastern Health Alliance, a voluntary welfare organization, GoodLife!, Tata Consultancy Services, Ministry of Health, Housing and Development Board, and Urban Redevelopment Authority in Singapore.
Understand that technology is an enabler; a partnership ecosystem is needed for sustainability
User-centric approach is key
Cross-disciplinary approach needed
About the Speaker
Dr Tan Hwee Pink, 45, is an associate professor of information systems (practice) at the Singapore Management University (SMU).He is also academic director of the SMU-TCS iCity Lab at SMU, where he leads a team of researchers to bring together Internet of Things technologies and social behavioural research to enable and sustain ageing in place - leading, in a broader sense, to intelligent and inclusive societies.
He is the principal investigator for ShineSeniors, an SMU- initiated effort to make community care services effective through innovations in care delivery, such as by creating sensor-enabled homes in support of ageing in place.
His research has focused on the design, modelling and performance evaluation of underwater acoustic sensor networks, wireless sensor networks powered by ambient energy harvesting, as well as large-scale and heterogeneous sensor networks. He has published more than 100 papers and has served in executive roles for various conferences on wireless sensor networks.
He recently co-founded and is chair of the technology and innovation committee of the Stroke Support Station, a registered charity that aims to help stroke survivors re-learn and enjoy active living for a better quality of life.