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Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT)

Head: Takeo Kanade
Quality of Life Technology Center
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412/268-5543
412/268-5807
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This page last updated - October 2010.
Overview
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.

QoLT is a unique partnership between Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, in association with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). QoLT 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.

The vision of the QoLT Center is to develop intelligent systems ranging from individual devices to comprehensive environments that enhance body and mind. They monitor and communicate with a person and understand his/her needs and task goals, and compensate for or replace diminished capabilities appropriately, safely, reliably and graciously. Such future QoLT systems will not be just machines for convenience or saving labor, but intelligent assistants. They will restore and preserve independence, allowing people to freely perform valued and necessary activities of daily living so that they can fully participate in society. They will enhance and augment the capabilities of caregivers, and will also delay or prevent the manifestation of functional impairment.

For additional details, please visit this center's homepage.