8:00AM – 8:30AM Check-in

8:45AM – 8:50AM Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Javed Mostafa, Carolina Health Informatics Program Director, UNC Chapel Hill

8:50AM – 9:20AM Plenary Talk

  • Dr. Philip Sloane, Distinguished Professor & Director of Academic Advancement, UNC School of Medicine

9:20AM – 9:30AM Break

9:30AM – 10:20AM Panel : Care for the Aging

10:20AM – 10:30AM Break

10:30AM – 11:30AM Workshops

A) Internet of Things (IoT)

  • Dr. Shahriar Nirjon, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UNC Chapel Hill

B) Eye Tracking and Data Acquisition

C) Networks and the Brain

  • Dr. Guorong Wu, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UNC Chapel Hill

11:30AM – 12:30PM Lunch

12:30PM – 1:00PM Student Poster Presentation & Vendor Demos

1:00PM – 1:50PM Panel : Well Being for the Aging

  • Moderator: Dr. Julia Zarb, Assistant Professor at University of Toronto

1:50PM – 2:00PM Break

2:00PM – 2:30PM Closing Plenary Talk

  • Doug Dickerson, MBA, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones and Previous AARP Director for North Carolina

2:30PM – 2:45PM Closing Remarks


Plenary Speakers

Philip Sloane, MD, MPH | UNC – CH

Dr. Sloane is a nationally recognized expert in family medicine and geriatrics. He and Dr. Sheryl Zimmerman co-direct the Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC-CH. The Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care is funded by the National Institute of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Alzheimer’s Association, and other foundations, and focuses on care issues related to older persons.

Dr. Sloane’s noted work centers around the management of behavioral symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease, for which he received the prestigious Pioneer Award from the US Alzheimer’s Association. He co-edits Essentials of Family Medicine and Primary Care Geriatrics, both journals are currently in their sixth editions. Dr. Sloane also co-founded the Carolina Alzheimer’s Network, a program dedicated to training primary care providers in evidence-based dementia care.

Current research and areas of interest include: institutional and community-based long-term care; management of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias; medical care of older persons; medical symptoms; and translational research.

For Dr. Sloane’s full profile, please follow this link


Doug Dickerson, MBA

Served as AARP NC State Director form 2011 – 2019
Served 1.1 million members in North Carolina while also serving as an Innovation Champion for AARP and Americans 50-plus. Our staff and 3,500+ volunteers in North Carolina worked to inform, educate, and champion financial resilience, workplace readiness, and retirement security for people as they age, often helping companies recognize the benefits of an aging workforce and population, educate and inform public policy and our members about retirement security, health care, and personal fulfillment.

Served as co-chair of North Carolina’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia, and led a statewide initiative to transform how municipalities, organizations, and families think about and care for loved ones with dementia.


Jason Franz, PhD | UNC – CH

Jason Franz is an Assistant Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University. Dr. Franz’s research interests are in Neuromuscular biomechanics; Sensorimotor control; Aging and age-related mobility impairment. Dr. Franz is the principal investigator for the Applied Biomechanics Laboratory, who’s mission is to preserve independent mobility and prevent falls in our rapidly aging population through scientific, technological, and translational innovation.


Scott Gerard, PhD | IBM

Dr. Scott Gerard is a Senior Technical Staff Member in IBM Research.

Dr. Gerard currently works on Cognitive Eldercare: keeping the growing world-wide population of elders in their homes as long as possible and as long as prudent. Using ambient IoT sensors, the project aims to develop techniques to model elder-specific activities of daily living and generate new insights that reduce risk and improve elders’ quality of life. He was the technical lead for that project’s Knowledge Reactor: a large-scale, reactive graph for storing and processing the various advanced, machine learning analytics. His skills include machine learning and Spark, software development and develops.

Previously, Dr. Gerard was the technical lead for IBM Watson projects in the Financial Services area. This work deepened and encouraged his interest in graph technologies.

In the decade before that, he was a software architect and consultant for many clients, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Gerard is a long time Master Inventor and member of IBM’s prestigious Academy of Technology. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics, a Master’s degree in Physics, and a PhD in Computer Science, specializing in multi-agent systems.


Christine E Kistler, MD, MASc | UNC – CH

Dr. Chrissy Kistler is a board-certified Family Medicine physician, with added certifications in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. At UNC she have practiced in the UNC Family Medicine clinic, home-based primary and palliative care, and currently on the inpatient palliative care consult service. My research focuses on supporting complex medical diseases in older adults. This work ranges from system-level interventions, including the development of a 5-year prognostic index, with the plan to eventually embed this in the EHR to prompt cancer screening cessation or palliative care consults, to physician-focused interventions including decision support for antibiotic prescribing, and to older adults, including the use of pharmacogenomics to guide de-prescribing.

For Dr. Kistler’s full profile, please follow this link

Javed Mostafa, PhD | UNC-CH

Dr. Mostafa, Frances Caroll McColl Term Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), is the Director of the Carolina Health Informatics Program and the Director of the Laboratory of Applied Informatics Research. His research concentrates on information retrieval problems, particularly related to search and user-system interactions in large-scale document/data repositories. He also serves as the Deputy Director of the Biomedical Informatics Core at the NC Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute and has current research engagements in biomedical data mining, analysis, visualization, user interface design, and multi-modal human-computer interaction. He regularly serves on program and organizing committees for major conferences and participates as reviewer for major grant initiatives.

For Dr. Mostafa’s full profile, please follow this link

Shahriar Nirjon, PhD | UNC – CH

Dr. Shahriar Nirjon is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is interested in Embedded Intelligence – the general idea of which is to make resource-constrained real-time and embedded sensing systems capable of learning, adapting, and evolving. He enjoys developing end-to-end systems that are based upon sound theoretical principles. His recent works can be broadly categorized into two types: embedded deep learning and multi-modal sensing techniques. Applications of his research include wearables and implantables, long-term monitoring and control systems, smart home, and mobile health.

Dr. Nirjon received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2014. He has won a number of awards, including three Best Paper Awards, at the Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS 2019), the Mobile Systems, Applications and Services (MOBISYS 2014), and the Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS 2012). He has worked as a Research Scientist in the Networking and Mobility Lab at the Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, CA (2014 – 2015), and as a Research Intern at Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA (Summer 2013) and at Deutsche Telekom Lab, Los Altos, CA (Summer 2010). Several of his works have been highlighted in the electronic and print media, including – the IEEE Spectrum, the Economist, the New Scientist, and the BBC.


Guorong Wu, PhD | UNC – CH

Dr. Wu is interested in developing advanced computational tools and data-driven methods to understand how human brain works and discover high sensitivity and specificity biomarkers for neuro-diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. His current research projects include quantifying brain development using 3D cellular resolution imaging, brain network analyses, and computer-assisted intervention/diagnosis. 


Bo Xie, PhD | UT Austin

Dr. Xie received her PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, her MS in Psychology from Peking University, and her B.Med.Sci. from the West China School of Medicine in Chengdu, China. Her research reflects her interdisciplinary training in Medicine, Psychology, and Science and Technology Studies. She focuses on health informatics interventions that can promote older adults’ use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for health information and decision-making (i.e., e-health literacy) that may have important implications for patient-provider relationships and health outcomes. She holds a joint appointment in the School of Information.

For Dr. Xie’s full link, follow this link

Julia Zarb, PhD | U Toronto

Assistant Professor Julia Zarb, PhD is Program Director of the Master’s of Health Informatics (MHI) at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. The MHI is offered in both regular and executive streams. Of 22 years in health information technology strategy and marketing leadership, she has spent 14 in the US arena and 10 years on corporate executive teams.