Winter Quarter 2021

Perspectives in Assistive Technology


David L. Jaffe, MS
Online via Zoom
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:30pm to 5:50pm PT

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Tuesday, February 23rd

photo of Matteo Zallio

Improving Home Environments for Older Adults
Matteo Zallio, M.Arch, PhD
Fulbright Scholar

Abstract: As the world's population ages and new services and technologies proliferate, older adults are facing increasing difficulties understanding and using these new technologies. While Assistive Technology has the potential to improve their quality of life and increase their independence, older adults may find it difficult to identify truly beneficial solutions.

This lecture will offer an overview of the main challenges that older adults face and provide critical knowledge on successful design techniques through numerous examples and a discussion of guidelines for shaping inclusive environments.

Biosketch: Matteo Zallio is an award-winning designer, UX researcher, and adjunct professor. As a creative designer he worked with different research institutions, non-profit organizations and companies, in the field of education, health and wellbeing, mobility and transportation, performing user research, need-finding, concept brainstorming, and prototyping of people-centered solutions.

A passionate researcher, eclectic inventor and UX design strategist, Matteo has developed an extensive track record understanding people’s needs and incorporating complex technical requirements into prototypes with the goal to improve people's lives through inclusive futuristic solutions.

He was the founder and CEO of the startup Dean Design Lab and was previously appointed as UX design researcher at the Autonomous Systems Laboratory at Stanford University, Fulbright research fellow at Stanford University, Center for Design Research, adjunct professor at INSEEC, San Francisco, postdoctoral UX researcher at Technological University Dublin, and spent his life researching and designing people-centered experiences.

During his career he served as chairman of the Irish National Mirror Committee for the standard ISO TC 314 “Ageing Societies” and is an expert representative for the standard ISO TC 215 WG2 “Health Informatics” and ISO TC 314 “Ageing Societies”, as well as reviewer for academic journals and judge for international scientific panels and design competitions.

Matteo is currently a Marie Sklodowska-Curie senior research fellow at University of Cambridge, Inclusive Design Group, working on an international EU-funded project with IWBI (International Well Building Institute) to develop accessibility and inclusivity metrics to improve life within smart environments and UX Design consultant.

His passion to give back and share his experiences lead Matteo to become a coach and mentor at Open IDEO, SF-InnoDays 2019, Lead the Future, and an expert member of several European innovation partnerships, coaching hundreds of students, researchers and professionals.

Contact information:
University of Cambridge
Engineering Design Centre
Inclusive Design Group
mz461 -at-
Lecture Material:
Pre-lecture slides - 1.98 Mb pdf file
Slides - 3.10 Mb pdf file
Personal website
Meaningful Age-Friendly Design. Case Studies on Enabling Assistive Technology
Inclusive Healthcare Waiting Rooms: A Comparison Study for Improving the User Experience within Built Environment
Design for Enabling Technologies. A Framework to Empower Multi-level User Engagement
Irish design team's new lighting system for cyclists has 'potential to save lives'
IDA Design Awards 2020
HANDY - The multipurpose device for everyday use
TAILT – The smart bicycle fender for all cyclists
Conference Papers:
Environment Design to Sustain Users
Increasing the Adoption of AAL solutions, Senior Centred IoT
IoT Based Recipes for Enabling Senior Citizens
Design of a Community-supported CapAble Microwave System
Connectivity & Collaboration is about Inclusion
Adaptive Environments for Enabling Senior Citizens

Updated 02/26/2021

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