Keynote Speakers:

Mary Furlong, EdD, President and CEO of Mary Furlong and Associates, is a leading authority on the longevity marketplace. For over 30 years she has guided business developing and marketing strategies of leading corporations, emerging companies, and NGOs. Her clients/sponsors include AARP,, and United HealthCare. In 1999 Time Magazine honoured her as one of its “Digital 50” and in 2001, Fortune Small Business named Mary one of its “Top Women Entrepreneurs”. She served as a White House Commissioner on Libraries and Information during the Clinton administration, and she has conducted hearings on aging and technology for the US Senate. She was named one of the 100 most influential women in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and has been a recipient of the American Society on Aging Leadership Award.

Her publications include Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace  and Grown-Ups Guide to Computing.

Jeffrey Kaye, MD is the Layton Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Engineering at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). He directs ORCATECH – the Oregon Center for Aging and Technology and the NIA - Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at OHSU. Dr. Kaye’s research has focused over the past two decades on the question of why some individuals remain protected from disease, dementia and functional decline at advanced ages while others succumb at much earlier times. This work has relied on a number of approaches ranging across the fields of genetics, neuroimaging, physiology and continuous life activity monitoring. He leads several longitudinal studies on aging and clinical trials including: the Intelligent Systems for Detection of Aging Changes (ISAAC), the ORCATECH Life Laboratory, the Ambient Independence Measures for Guiding Care Transitions, and the Collaborative Aging (in Place) Research using Technology (CART) Initiative studies, all using pervasive computing and sensing technologies for assessment and developing interventions directed toward transitions signaling imminent health and functional change. Dr. Kaye has received the Charles Dolan Hatfield Research Award for his work. He is listed in Best Doctors in America. He serves on many national and international panels and boards in the fields of geriatrics, neurology and technology including as a commissioner for the Center for Aging Services and Technology (CAST), on the Advisory Council of AgeTech West, the International Scientific Advisory Committee of AGE-WELL Canada, and Past Chair of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research & Treatment (ISTAART). He is an author of over 400 scientific publications and holds several major grant awards from federal agencies, national foundations and industrial sponsors.


Alex Mihailidis, Ph.D., P.Eng., is the Barbara G. Stymiest Research Chair in Rehabilitation Technology at the University of Toronto and Toronto Rehab Institute.  He is also the Scientific Director of the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence, which focuses on the development of new technologies and services for older adults. He is Full Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, with a cross appointment in the Department of Computer Science.   He has been conducting research in the field of pervasive computing and intelligent systems in health for the past 15 years, having published over 150 journal papers, conference papers, and abstracts in this field.  He has specifically focused on the development of intelligent  home systems for elder care and wellness, technology for children with autism, and adaptive tools for nurses and clinical applications.

Goldie Nejat, PhD, P.Eng. Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society and the Director of the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics at the University of Toronto. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and the Founder and Director of the Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics Laboratory (  She is also an Adjunct Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Prof. Nejat’s research focuses on developing intelligent service robots for applications in health care, elderly care, emergency response, search and rescue, security and surveillance, and manufacturing. Her intelligent interactive robots, including BrianCasperTangy and Leia, are designed to provide cognitive and social interventions, help with activities of daily living, and lead group recreational activities to improve quality of life and promote independence of seniors.  Her team's work has been presented in over 75 media stories including in Time magazine, Bloomberg, The Naked Scientists, Reader's Digest, Zoomer magazine, and the Discovery Channel. In 2013, she received the Engineers Canada Young Engineer Achievement Award and in 2012, she received the Professional Engineers of Ontario Young Engineer Medal, both awards are for her exceptional achievements in the field of robotics.

Paul Webster, PhD is a founder of Ubisense, an award-winning UK location solutions company. He is an experienced hardware-based systems designer, and manages the hardware development and manufacturing teams. He studied Computer Science at the University of Manchester, where he was awarded the Professor's Prize and the Kilburn Prize for outstanding academic achievement.  He went on to receive a PhD before joining AT&T Laboratories in Cambridge. There, he worked on the early systems software and middleware for the 'Sentient Computing' project, exploring how real-time precision localisation can be applied to revolutionise the ways in which people interact with computers. More recently he has worked with the University of South Florida and the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs to apply these techniques to support people with traumatic head injury and degenerative memory conditions and is now working with the UK National Health Service to apply the same innovative techniques to other healthcare challenges.