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Leszek Maciaszek
Macquarie Univ., Australia and Wroclaw Univ. of Economics and Business

Brief Bio
Prof. Leszek A. Maciaszek is affiliated as Honorary Fellow at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia and as Emeritus Professor at Wroclaw University of Economics and Business in Poland. Most recently he was Director of Institute of Business Informatics and Head of Department of Information Systems at the Wroclaw University. He holds Title of Professor awarded by the President of Poland. He worked as Visiting Professor/Scientist in more than 20 universities/research centers in countries on four continents; has authored about 200 publications (including Prentice-Hall and Pearson Addison-Wesley books, some translat ed from English to Chinese, Russian and Italian); was Editor or Co-Editor of about 50 volumes published by Springer and IEEE; served as expert, reviewer and advisor to international corporations, government bodies and ministries as well as reviewer and evaluator to European Commission projects. He is a Conference Chair in a number of renowned international conferences and leads or participates in EU funded projects. ... More >>

William Molloy
Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, UCC

Brief Bio
The Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation (CGR), School of Medicine, U.C.C. is led by Prof David William Molloy, Geriatrician and Chair in Clinical Gerontology, and is based in St Finbarr’s Hospital. The Centre was established in September 2010 is funded by Atlantic Philanthropies with a specific remit to establish interdisciplinary teaching and learning in Gerontology, Rehabilitation and End of Life Care in UCC and to raise the standard of care of the elderly in the South of Ireland. Prof Molloy received his medical degree from University College Cork in 1977 and became a member of the Royal College of Physi cians Ireland (RCPI) in 1980. He then moved to Canada where he was appointed Professor of Medicine at McMaster University (1988) and  St. Peter’s McMaster Chair in Aging (2002) where he remained until 2010 when he returned to Ireland to take up his position as Chair of Clinical Gerontology. Vastly experienced in the area of cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Prof Molloy has a proven track record in successful grant applications, co-ordinating multi-centre studies and recruiting large numbers of patients for research. Since his arrival in U.C.C., the CGR has secured funding from a number of sources including the Health Research Board (HRB) and the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF).  Prof Molloy is a co-investigator in NILVAD and PERSSILAA (EU-FP7 funded trials). A recognised expert on capacity he has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles and several books.  To promote the autonomy of the elderly, he wrote the advance health care directive, “Let Me Decide”.  It has had 25 editions and is published in several languages and has recently been published in Ireland for the first time.   ... More >>


Program Co-Chairs

Carsten Röcker
Ostfestfalen-Lippe UAS and Fraunhofer IOSB-INA

Brief Bio
Carsten Röcker is a senior researcher at the Human-Computer Interaction Center (HCIC) and a lecturer at the Communication Science Institute at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. His current research addresses technical as well as social aspects of human-computer interaction in intelligent environments. Previously, he was a senior researcher at the Human Technology Centre (HumTec), working in the research program “eHealth Enhancing Mobility with Aging”. Before joining RWTH Aachen University in 2008, he was a PostDoc at the Distributed Cognition and HCI Laboratory at the University of California in San Diego, USA. Fr om 2000 to 2006 he worked as a research associate at the Fraunhofer Integrated Publication and Information Systems Institute (IPSI) in Darmstadt. During this time he was involved in two EU-funded projects designing novel information and communication technologies for intelligent home and office environments. Besides these appointments, he was a researc
h fellow at Tokyo University, Japan (2010) and guest professor at the Medical University of Graz, Austria (2012). He has an interdisciplinary background with academic degrees in the areas computer science (PhD), psychology (PhD), electrical engineering (Master), and management (Master).
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Martina Ziefle
Human Computer Interaction Center, RWTH-Aachen University

Brief Bio
Martina Ziefle is professor for Communication Science at RWTH Aachen University and head of the eHealth Research group at the Human Technology Centre at RWTH Aachen University. Martina Ziefle studied psychology at the universities of Göttingen and Würzburg, Germany, where she finished her studies with honors. From the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, she received her Ph.D. in psychology summa cum laude. After her habilitation at RWTH, in which she examined reading processes in electronic media, Martina Ziefle took up positions as assistant professor at the University of Münster and, subsequently, at the RWTH Aachen.
The research of Prof. Ziefle addresses the human factor in different technology types and using contexts. Technology acceptance decisively depends on the extent to which user diversity is considered and implemented in technological design. A special research focus is directed to the design of medical technologies. Here, the identification of users’ specific needs as well as affective barriers towards new technologies is essential in this sensitive field. In addition to teaching and directing research in HumTec, Prof. Ziefle leads various projects funded by industrial and public authorities, dealing with the interaction and communication of humans with technology.
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John O'Donoghue
Imperial College London
United Kingdom

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