Tooba Umar

Graduate Student


Tooba is currently working on a Master’s in Health Administration. She works on our ENACT (Everyday Needs Assessment for Cognitive Tasks) and ACCESS projects (Aging, Concerns, Challenges, and Everyday Solution Strategies). Her research interests include human factors in

Mimi Trinh

Graduate Student


Mimi is currently a PHD student here at UIUC. She works with older adults on our Blood Pressure Study and Misty Robot Project. Mimi’s research interests include human factors and aging, motivation to adopt digital health technology, and

Erin Heniff

Graduate Student


Erin is currently a Doctor of Audiology student and is studying to become an audiologist. Her research interests include cochlear implantation, hearing amplification devices, and late-deafened population

Bachelor’s Degree: Speech Pathology and Audiology, Marquette University, 2021

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Summer Xia Yu Chen

Graduate Student


Summer is currently a doctoral student in Social Work. Her research interests include understanding the effect of assistive technology in caregiving, as well as identifying the technology-based interventions for older adults’ mental wellness.

Bachelor’s Degree: Psychology, Tsinghua University,

Elena Remillard

Research Scientist


Elena works at the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI) at Georgia Tech. Her research interests include design and technology for healthy aging, aging with disability, and tele-exercise.

Bachelor’s Degree: Psychology, Georgia State University, 2011

Master’s Degree:

Megan Nickrent

Assistant Lab Director


Megan has been with the Human Factors & Aging Laboratory since 2017 and is the Assistant Director of the lab. In addition to managing the day-to-day functions of the lab, Megan assists on the Disability & Aging

Emma Lachs

Research Assitant


Emma’s research interests include personalized interventions for children with developmental disabilities (e.g., Autism) and children who are neurotypical as well as personalized interventions for adolescents with mental illness. Emma is most interested in how these interventions can help

George Mois

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Dr. Mois works on our OneClick and and IN2L projects. His research focuses on leveraging technology to facilitate social connectivity, healthy aging, and support for aging in place. Other research interests include human technology interaction and telepresence

Renato Azevedo

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Dr. Azevedo is the site lead for our Blood Pressure Study which is a digital health intervention that supports medication self-management, autonomy, and remote monitoring to improve antihypertensive medication adherence. His research is focused on relationships among

Samuel Olatunji

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Dr. Olatunji works as a robotics researcher for our human-robot interaction projects in the lab and is also a research fellow for the McKechnie Family LIFE Home. His research efforts and development focus on using robotics, smart-home

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