Our Research

Human Factors    Product Design    Computer Science    Behavioural Science

 We believe that our design should serve the needs and goals of the users. We collaborate with different long term care home, hospitals and rehab centers to conduct user testings and clinical trials to minimize safety risks and validate the effectiveness and usefulness of our products. Through iterative usability testings and reliable clinical evidence, we can confidently guarantee the potential benefits of our products.

Overall Quality Performance of Long-Term Care Homes in Ontario

Wilkinson A., Haroun, V., Wong, T., Cooper, N., Chignell, M. (2019)

Healthcare quarterly (Toronto, Ont.) (Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 55-62)

Monitoring Health Status in Long Term Care Through the Use of Ambient Technologies and Serious Games

Wilkinson, A., Tong, T., Zare, A., Kanik, M., Chignell, M. (2018)

IEEE journal of biomedical and health informatics (Vol. 22, No. 6, pp. 1807-1813)

Designing for dementia: The impact of interactive ambient technology on well-being in long-term care homes

Wilkinson, A., Chignell, M., Kanik, M., O'Neill, J. (2018)

Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association (Vol. 14, No. 7, pp. 636)

Ambient Activity Technologies for Managing Responsive Behaviours in Dementia

Wilkinson, A., Kanik, M., O'Neill, J., Charoenkitkarn, V., Chignell, M. (2017)

Proceedings of the International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care (Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 28-35)



It’s all fun and brain-games: Using simulations and games to improve health in older adults

University of Toronto Engineering News 

May 14, 2019

"Professor Mark Chignell (MIE) and his team of researchers want to make cognitive and physical tests for older adults fun. 'The current tests for dementia and other cognitive impairments are not very engaging', says Chignell. 'Nobody wants to do a paper and pencil test, but if you give them a game to play then it doesn’t feel like a task.'”

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U of T researchers developing promising technologies win Connaught Innovation Awards

University of Toronto News
March 14, 2019

Professor Chignell received one of the 12 Connaught Innovation awards for his innovative work in technologies for aging through his start up company -- Centivizer.


Regina hosts showcase to highlight innovative technology for older adults

Regina Leader-post
March 14, 2019

At an event to showcase interactive technological products for older adults held at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, Professor Mark Chignell showcased our products to Trevor Persaud who works in the Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Team.


Playing games serves as a therapeutic and diagnostic tool for dementia patients 

YouAreUNLTD News
February 7, 2019

"When individuals are active and stimulated, serious gaming can help by slowing down or furthering cognitive decline. 'We know it is important to measure cognitive status— much can be lost in day-to-day living to the point where you can no longer plan and organize,' Chignell says, adding that this is the biggest concern for aging in place.


U of T Engineering researchers develop technologies to reduce problem behaviours in people with dementia

University of Toronto News 
November 21, 2017

"Professor Mark Chignell (MIE) is applying his expertise in industrial engineering to design a solution that provides people in long-term care facilities an opportunity for mental and physical activity that prevents and reduces these behaviors."


Expert brings drug free dementia treatment to University of Regina

CBC News
March 13, 2017

"Professor Chignell has developed a variety of technologies, one that improves behaviour by engaging people with customized activities and content, everything from cat videos to old hockey games and news."