Dr. Younbo Jung

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Keynote Speech: Al and Games for a Better Life of an Aging Population

Biography:

Associate Chair – Academic, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Jung, Younbo (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair (Academic) at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University Singapore. His research interests include socio-psychological effects of interactive media such as video games, virtual reality systems, and human-robot interaction, and their applications in medical and educational fields. Dr. Jung’s current project addresses various issues emerged from the ageing and modern society, known as Gerontechnology, Heath Tech, or Age Tech.

Abstract:
There are two emerging trends in today’s urban and resilient society. One trend is the widespread of automated services using AI and automation for more convenient daily lives. The other is the ageing population, thanks to the advancement of medical and technological innovations. Although the ideal scenario is to utilize AI and automation to help seniors, the challenging reality is that seniors fall behind the rapid changes in various technological advancement, indicating a new wave of digital divide. Since many seniors want to lead an active life with dignity and autonomy, unlike the stereotypical image of frail seniors, an essential preventive approach to promote the well-being of seniors is to support seniors’ acquisition of the appropriate capacities to take advantage of technologies so that they can flourish in fast-changing smart cities. One such active and preventive approach is to design training programs for seniors using virtual reality simulations. In this talk, I present a research project that utilizes virtual reality technology to train seniors on how to use daily automated tasks as a way to empower seniors to live independently and with dignity in the envisioned smart nation of Singapore. The presentation will include the results from focus-group interviews, a survey, and field experiments with about 1,000 seniors in Singapore, investigating the effectiveness of different types of training as well as different pedagogical approaches in a VR training system for self-service technologies like the automated teller machine and checkout kiosk.
Abstract

Dr. Jung Younbo

There are two emerging trends in today’s urban and resilient society. One trend is the widespread of automated services using AI and automation for more convenient daily lives. The other is the ageing population, thanks to the advancement of medical and technological innovations. Although the ideal scenario is to utilize AI and automation to help seniors, the challenging reality is that seniors fall behind the rapid changes in various technological advancement, indicating a new wave of digital divide. Since many seniors want to lead an active life with dignity and autonomy, unlike the stereotypical image of frail seniors, an essential preventive approach to promote the well-being of seniors is to support seniors’ acquisition of the appropriate capacities to take advantage of technologies so that they can flourish in fast-changing smart cities. One such active and preventive approach is to design training programs for seniors using virtual reality simulations. In this talk, I present a research project that utilizes virtual reality technology to train seniors on how to use daily automated tasks as a way to empower seniors to live independently and with dignity in the envisioned smart nation of Singapore. The presentation will include the results from focus-group interviews, a survey, and field experiments with about 1,000 seniors in Singapore, investigating the effectiveness of different types of training as well as different pedagogical approaches in a VR training system for self-service technologies like the automated teller machine and checkout kiosk.