State of the Science Conference – 2016
Bending the Arc of Exercise Technology Toward People with Disabilities: RERC RecTech Third State of the Science Conference – April 21, 2016
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center, RecTech, hosted its third State of the Science conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Washington, DC on April 21, 2016. Mr. John Tschida, Director of NIDILRR gave the opening remarks. More than 50 participants attended this invite-only meeting. Conference attendees included researchers, federal staff, students and companies. The 12 conference presentations were divided into three themes: (1) Persuasive Exercise Technologies (PET), (2) Health Information Technologies for Monitoring Exercise (HIT-ME), and (3) Technologies Enabling Community Health (TECH). Breakout sessions allowed participants to demonstrate RecTech’s state-of-the-art equipment and technologies including adaptive controllers to play various types of exergames; a new exercise machine that allows individuals to travel through engaging virtual exercise environments; an eHealth platform that delivers customized exercise and nutrition recommendations based on health and functional level; a remote home-based exercise monitoring system to provide safe and effective exercise dosing; and wearable devices to allow manual wheelchair users to gauge daily energy expenditure. Conference papers will be submitted for publication to peer-reviewed journals in exercise rehabilitation and engineering.