Spark is an initiative of The Sprout Fund catalyzing projects and programs that engage children ages birth to eight through the creative use of technology and media. Spark challenges individuals, organizations, and communities to generate inventive technology-based solutions to the issues and opportunities facing today’s young child. Through its funding opportunities and extensive network of support, Spark is unleashing the innovative potential of Southwestern Pennsylvania and transforming our region into one of the best places on earth to be a kid.
Transforming Lives Through Innovative Technology Creating intelligent systems that enable older adults and people with disabilities to live independently.
The Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (ERC) whose mission is to transform lives in a large and growing segment of the population – people with reduced functional capabilities due to aging or disability. Future compassionate intelligent QoLT systems will monitor and communicate with a person, understand her daily needs and tasks, and provide reliable and happily-accepted assistance by compensating and substituting for diminished capabilities.
QoLT is a unique partnership between Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh that brings together a cross-disciplinary team of technologists, clinicians, industry partners, end users, and other stakeholders to create revolutionary technologies that will improve and sustain the quality of life for all people.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Previous help from and special thanks to:
Garth Zeglin – Engineering Magic
Sterling Ely – Identity and Media Design
“Ricky” Lee Kiat Cheah – CAD Magic
Trevor Bonomi – Web Developer & Design
Julie McMillian – App Programming
Alicia Low – Romibo Voices
Adam Warburton – Project Facilitator
“Annie” Xin Rou Low – Stats Analyst & Social Media Manager
Robot Wranglers – Volunteers – Oscar Frias, Chase Dudley, Shane Adams, Valentin Darre, Jeremy Romeiko
Girls of Steel – Build Volunteers – Alex R., Rosanne H., Abby C. , Sam E., Raina O., and Heather H.
Participants: Katie S., Heather H., Alex R., Raina O., Sam E., Rosanne H., Abby C. ,Tristan C., Tammy B., Dakota C.
Design Researchers – Students – Luci Laffitte, Wes Johnson, Alison Tran, Katherine Frazer
Faculty Advisor – Haakon Faste