Participants sought for workshop on aging populations in Smart and Connected Communities

Registration is open for "Challenges and Solutions for Involving the Aging Population in Smart and Connected Communities," a workshop to be held April 19-20, at the Hilton Garden Inn at Stony Brook (New York) University.

The workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program, Stony Brook University’s Department of Civil Engineering and School of Social Welfare and will focus on the potential of S&CC to benefit the aging population and anticipated challenges. The goal of the S&CC program is “to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, and overall quality of life."

The workshop aims to bring together a diverse and interdisciplinary group of participants engaged in S&CC research or practical S&CC projects to: share their experiences of the challenges (e.g., digital divide and technology adoption) and solutions for integrating older adults into S&CC; develop problem statements and research needs; and foster collaborations that will advance S&CC research. The workshop is the first activity of the NSF Research Coordination Network (RCN) led by Stony Brook University, Florida A&M University–Florida State University College of Engineering, and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The objective of the RCN is to develop a collaborative, multidisciplinary and multinational research platform to study the relationship between S&CC and the built environment (e.g., varying urban densities), centered on creating S&CC that will ensure that the aging population experience the benefits of S&CC. (more information: Workshop participants are expected to represent different stakeholder groups such as:

• Academics from all fields, pursuing research in S&CC and/or aging populations

• Federal and state government agencies, non-profit organizations, practitioners, and community leaders who are engaged in the design, implementation, deployment, and evaluation of services for aging population in general, and/or S&CC applications in particular.

• Industry stakeholders (vendors, providers, analysts, and consultants) involved in S&CC technologies and services

All interested individuals or organizations are encouraged to attend by registering (free) using the link below. If you would like to present your project or research, please follow the instructions. Limited funds are available for partial/full travel support of select participants. Community representative and student participations are particularly encouraged and prioritized for support.

Instructions for Presentation Submissions (Deadline February 23rd, 2018)
Within the S&CC domain, presentations should address at least one of the following RCN focus areas: 1) transportation, 2) public safety/emergency services, and 3) housing. Presentation on related topics such as the digital divide, services for older adults, organization and community initiatives, and data sources are also welcome. As an important emphasis of the RCN, presentations on the S&CC challenges and solutions within different urban densities (i.e., rural vs. urban) are especially encouraged. Presentations can be assigned as a podium talk or poster.

Prospective presenters should submit a brief abstract (500 words max) which includes:

(1) A summary of the project/research along with at least 3 keywords

(2) A brief biosketch about the presenter

Link for Registration and Abstract Submission:

For questions or further info, please contact Anil Yazici (, 631-632-9349).