Gerontechnology Laboratory

The Gerontechnology Lab is a research platform for the domain of gerontechnology – an interdisciplinary field of research focused on developing technology for older adults. The lab aims to translate research into new products and services as well as shape public policies to improve health and wellbeing of older people. We apply scientific approach to understand the challenges and opportunities of longevity and provide in-depth and comprehensive insights into the real needs of the older adults, design age-friendly products and services, and promote an active and independent lifestyle for older adults.

The Gerontechnology Lab was set up to deepen awareness and understanding as well as conduct research on the health and well-being, active aging and safe living of older adults using assistive technology. In addition, the Lab also serves as a centre for education and training, assessment and consultation concerning gerontechnology, home safety and independent living environment. The researches happening in the Gerontechnology Lab focuses on the impact of assistive technologies across five domains of human activity, namely better living environment; health and well-being; active aging; safe living; and assistive technology.

Furthermore, the lab engages students and researchers across Monash and partners in universities, business and government, locally and internationally. We have a pool of multidisciplinary research capabilities in engineering, robotics, information technology, usability, social science, psychology, health and medical fields that are of relevance to older adults. We undertake research and consultancy projects which help product developers, service providers and policy makers to improve the quality of life of older people.

Vision and Mission

Our vision is to be a leading multidisciplinary research platform for the study of Gerontechnology that is locally relevant to the Asian and Australasian context. Our mission is to be the leader in the Asian region to translate research into new products and services for independent living of older adults. We want to build a strong network in Asia, so that we can create awareness in improving public policies that revolves around the health and wellbeing of older adults.

Lab Facilities

Living Hall Station

  • The Smartphone Home System enables users to operate household electronic devices from their smartphone.
  • Gerontological furniture and design can be found here with info cards detailing their function.

Kitchen Station

  • A variety of gerontechnological utensils and apparatus for use in the kitchen station.
  • A variety of social science and psychology experiments and research projects are conducted here.

Health Station

  • Equipped with various health monitoring devices (e.g., TMC Health Monitor ad Fitbit) for healthcare and aging research.
  • A seating area designed for older adults is provided for the removal of shoes and personal effects.

Cognitive Station

  • Features the Age Simulation Suit which mimics the effects of aging on younger adults.
  • Features the human exoskeleton, a wearable mobile machine that is powered by a system of electric motors, enabling body movement with increased strength and endurance.
  • A touchscreen TV is available with cognitive activities for older adults.
  • The “Visible Light positioning for elderly” enables the user to identify and detect objects through three or more LED lights. The result is then sent to the destined smartphone using the Internet of Things (IoT) platform.

Click here to view the list of our lab equipment.

Awards

2019 National Outstanding Educator Award
by the Private Education Cooperative of Malaysia

2019 Innovations That Inspire Association to Advance
by the Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

2017 HCI Best Paper Award of the 9th International Conference on Cross-Cultural Design for the paper “Teaching Older Adults to Use Gerontechnology Applications through Instruction Videos with Human-Element Considerations
at the Human-Computer Interaction International (HCI) Conference

Platform Engagement (Sort by Alphabetical Order)

Universities (Local):

1.Multimedia University
2.Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak
3.Taylor’s University
4.Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
5.Universiti Putra Malaysia
6.Universiti Teknologi Mara
7.University of Malaya
8.University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus

Universities (Foreign):

1.City University of Hong Kong
2.Fudan University
3.Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
4.Kyushu University
5.Newcastle University
6.Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
7.The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
8.Tongji University
9.Tsinghua University
10.University of Nottingham Ningbo China
11.University of Southern California
12.Yuan Ze University

Non-profit Organisations (NGOs):

1.Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia
2.Global Shaper Kuala Lumpur
3.Khind Starfish Foundation
4.Malaysian Occupational Therapy Association
5.Malaysian Parkinson’s Disease Association (MPDA)
6.Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society
7.Malaysia Society of Geriatric Medicine
8.SeniorsAloud
9.Third Age Media Association

Industry:

1.FMR construction Sdn Bhd
2.iMagic Box
3.Kuala Lumpur Centre for Sustainable Innovation
4.Noble Care
5.Petrosains
6.Sime Darby Research Sdn Bhd
7.TheSeniorCare

Government:

1.Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

Contact

Associate Professor Teh Pei Lee
Email: teh.pei.lee@monash.edu
Tel: +603-5514 4971

Location: Building 6, Level 1, Room 6102


Register to join Monash Gerontechnology Lab Volunteer Community.

We are establishing the Monash Gerontechnology Lab Volunteer Community, a network to recruit volunteer adults (above 55 years old) to participate in experiments and surveys on aging.

Eligibility:

  • Age above 55 years old.
  • Volunteer for a period of one (1) year
  • Benefits:
    - Admission is free for invited campus events and seminars.
    - One (1) free health check and consultation services by our Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences clinician.

Please complete the online form or download the form and email it to teh.pei.lee@monash.edu