Innovative, usable solutions

The Intelligent Technologies for Wellness and Independent Living Lab at the University of Waterloo brings together state-of-the-art computer science, engineering, rehabilitation science, and human factors methodologies to create internationally renowned intelligent assistive technologies for supporting aging and promoting independence and quality of life for older adults. 

Our research centres around the transdisciplinary execution of user-centred design practices to create innovative, usable, and useful solutions to large, complex problems.

Our goal is to create innovative, accessible technologies that simultaneously enrich the experience of aging as well as society’s perception of aging.


  1. Apr. 27, 2019Our 'Age-related changes impact on BCI' paper is the featured article in IEEE TNSRE!
    Screenshot of IEEE website showing featured journal article

    Delighted that our paper is the featured article of IEEE TNSRE's current issue!

  2. Apr. 22, 2019"Zero-Effort Technologies" monograph used to shape the "Emerging Technologies to Support an Aging Population" report

    Our "Zero-Effort Technologies: Considerations, Challenges, and Use in Health, Wellness, and Rehabilitation" monograph was used to shape the National Science & Technology Council's "Emerging Technologies to Support an Aging Population" report. Excited to see the concept generating real-world impact!

  3. Apr. 16, 2019Winners of RESNA Student Scientific Paper Competition!

    Ahmed Malik and Jing Wei are winners of the RESNA Student Scientific Paper Competition! Ahmed's paper on "Detection of Ballistocardiogram-based Heartrate for Different Activities Captured Using a Prototype Portable Seat Cushion" won first place and Jing's "Exploring the Role of Wrist Temperature in Sleep Monitoring: Findings from Case Studies" was a runner-up.

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