Academic Events

Academic Events


  • 2024 CIHR Institute of Aging Summer Program in Aging (SPA)
    2024 CIHR Institute of Aging Summer Program in Aging (SPA) The 2024 CIHR Institute of Aging Summer Program in Aging (SPA), hosted by the Centre for Aging SMART and in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and The University of British Columbia, and funded by CIHR, took place from June… Read more: 2024 CIHR Institute of Aging Summer Program in Aging (SPA)
  • AGE WELL EPIC Conference 2024
    Our Family Partner Christine Wallsworth and Lily Haopu Ren of the Co-Create Virtual Reality Program co-presented at the AGE WELL EPIC Conference 2024.
  • Graduate Student in Nursing Association (GSNA) Research Symposium 2024
    Our UBC IDEA Lab members/ trainees Michelle, Joey, and Margaret made impactful contributions at the Graduate Student in Nursing Association (GSNA) Research Symposium 2024. Michelle received the prestigious Poster Award for her insightful e-poster on “Students’ Perspectives on the Use of AI in Academia.” Her research offers a valuable look into how AI shapes students’ academic experiences and expectations today.
  • World Ageing Festival, Singapore
    World Ageing Festival, Singapore On May 9, 2024, Dr. Lillian Hung delivered an invited keynote presentation titled “Co-design Innovation Solutions with Older Adults” at the World Ageing Festival in Singapore. During the panel discussion, Dr. Hung highlighted her work in meaningful engagement with patient partners, family caregivers, and staff across… Read more: World Ageing Festival, Singapore
  • Academic Exchange at the NTU Hospital, Taipei
    Academic Exchange at the NTU Hospital, Taipei Dr. Lillian Hung and Lily, were invited by Dr. Cheryl Chia-Hui Chen, Director of the School of Nursing, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University (NTU), visited the NTU Hospital. They received a warm welcome and attended two presentations on using VR for staff… Read more: Academic Exchange at the NTU Hospital, Taipei
  • Interdisciplinary Conference in Rehabilitation Science of BC (INCREASE BC) 2024
    We’re excited to share the fruitful experiences of UBC IDEA Lab at this year’s Interdisciplinary Conference in Rehabilitation Science of BC (INCREASE BC) (April 2024). Dr. Lillian Hung shared a compelling keynote:  “‘Empowering Care: Bridging Technology and Compassion in Transdisciplinary Collaboration,” discussing the transformative impact of technology and team-based collaboration… Read more: Interdisciplinary Conference in Rehabilitation Science of BC (INCREASE BC) 2024
  • Learning Health Systems: Project Update (February 2024)
    Learning Health Systems: Project Update (February 2024) Our project was so privileged to have the opportunity to engage with Indigenous elders, health care staff, health system administrators, individuals, families, peers and community partners in the Vancouver Coastal Health Community in two sessions to co-design LHS: Online Storytelling Session (June 2023):… Read more: Learning Health Systems: Project Update (February 2024)
  • Featured on Beyond UBC: AI social robots
    Featured on Beyond UBC: AI social robots The article is about how Artificial intelligence could help personalize care at home and in long-term care settings. The article is divided into 5 sections: 1) “Potential of Social Robots” 2) “Emotional and social support in care settings” 3) “Facilitating Connection and easing… Read more: Featured on Beyond UBC: AI social robots
  • Co-create Virtual Reality in Long Term Care: First 2024 Monthly Meeting
    Co-create Virtual Reality in Long Term Care: First 2024 Monthly Meeting Our Co-Create Virtual Reality (VR) Project team had a productive first monthly meeting on January 29, focusing on integrating VR into healthcare. We discussed updates from Long Term Care and Acute Care, explored trauma-informed VR content, and planned for… Read more: Co-create Virtual Reality in Long Term Care: First 2024 Monthly Meeting
  • Chinese New Year Celebration & Research Day
  • IDEA Lab presentation with Fraser Health
    IDEA Lab presentation with Fraser Health Joey and Hiro had a wonderful time presenting and discussing innovative technologies with health care providers from Fraser Health Authority at the virtual Continuing Geriatric Education Series. In the presentation, Joey and Hiro discussed how LOVOT, Telepresence Robots, and our Virtual Reality project facilitate… Read more: IDEA Lab presentation with Fraser Health
  • “Behind the lab doors” team visited our lab
    “Behind the lab doors” team visited our lab “Behind the Lab Doors” Research Insider series team visited our lab! They aim to how health research can directly impact quality of care for patients and clinicians. Our telepresence robot, LOVOT robot and CALM robot projects are being featured here You can… Read more: “Behind the lab doors” team visited our lab
  • Chinese Health Fair Day
    Chinese Health Fair Day Last Sunday, our booth at the event of HealthFair Day for the Chinese community in Richmond was a success! Our social robot Mango was there to greet with everyone! Special thanks to lab members Huini, Adam, Alice; patient partners Lily and Mario in support for this!… Read more: Chinese Health Fair Day
  • LOVOT team data collection
    LOVOT team data collection LOVOT Team Data collection on last Saturday was a success! Residents had lots of fun interacting with lovot and making clothes for them😊
  • Lunch and Learn workshop
    Lunch and Learn workshop During today’s Lunch and Learn workshop, Dr. Mann and Olivia led a knowledge translation seminar for our lab members. We had great discussions about how to build our brand, how to engage with targeted audience, and how to “see and to be seen” by relevant research… Read more: Lunch and Learn workshop
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion + Indigeneity (EDI.I) workshop
    Equity, Diversity, Inclusion + Indigeneity (EDI.I) workshop During today’s EDI.I workshop, our lab members gathered to watch module 4 and 5 of the Weaving Relations course. Together, we learned about human rights and Indigenous-specific racism.
  • Vancouver Summer Program students visit IDEA Lab
    Vancouver Summer Program students visit IDEA Lab UBC’s International Summer Nursing Program students led by Jas Gill visited IDEA Lab today! Our lab members presented different research projects like CALM robot, telepresence robot, VR technology. Our patient partner Mario gave the nursing students a presentation about our social robot- CALM… Read more: Vancouver Summer Program students visit IDEA Lab
  • EDI.I Workshop (Weaving Relations Course)
    EDI.I Workshop (Weaving Relations Course) IDEA Lab invites you to join the EDI.I course Tuesdays at 12 pm. What is EDII and what does it stand for? EDI.I stands for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigeneity. These values are fundamental to UBC and serve as part of the university’s mission statement.… Read more: EDI.I Workshop (Weaving Relations Course)
  • Dr. Freeman’s visit to IDEA Lab
    Dr. Freeman’s visit to IDEA Lab Dr. Freeman from Technology Adoption for Aging in the North visited IDEA lab and chatted with Dr. Hung and artist Soyi in person. Our staff champion Jeff also has shared incredible insights and we have together demonstrated our current projects in the lab.
  • Dr. Kim’s visit to IDEA Lab
    Dr. Kim’s visit to IDEA Lab On July 25th, Dr. Kim who is a professor from Ewha Womans University in the faculty of Music Therapy Education visited IDEA Lab with her doctoral student. During the visit, Dr. Kim interacted with LOVOT, our lab’s social robot. Here is a picture, in… Read more: Dr. Kim’s visit to IDEA Lab
  • Telepresence Robot monthly meeting
    Telepresence Robot monthly meeting With a wonderful introduction from Dr. Hung, we were introduced to Soyi and her art presentation. She spoke of her organization in HK and its usage of art to foster art learning, social connection, and ownership in older adults with dementia. Afterwards, we together provided our… Read more: Telepresence Robot monthly meeting
  • New paper publication led by Telerobot team
    New paper publication led by Telerobot team The paper led by our lab member Joey Wong, partnered with Erika, Jim, Lynn supervised by Dr. Hung is published! Sending congratulations to the whole Telerobot team! 🥳🥳Stay tuned for more papers to come! The paper explores staff and leadership teams’ perspectives on the… Read more: New paper publication led by Telerobot team
  • Dementia Friendly Cafe
    Dementia Friendly Cafe On July 13th, IDEA Lab visited the Dementia Friendly Café, organized by Burnaby Seniors Outreach and the Burnaby Neighborhood House. At the event, we showcased two projects developed by our team: CALM and LOVOT robots Leading up to the event, our team prepared by creating an engaging presentation,… Read more: Dementia Friendly Cafe
  • Virtual healthcare discussion
    Virtual healthcare discussion On July 11, the Virtual Health team convened for a discussion and showed considerable enthusiasm for the potential of Virtual Health to synergize technology and healthcare, fostering a more effective, inclusive, and person-centred delivery model. They illuminated key facilitators and barriers in this context, offering valuable insights… Read more: Virtual healthcare discussion
  • LOVOT robots arrival in the lab
    LOVOT robots arrival in the lab
  • Meeting with Alzheimer’s Society of B.C.
    Meeting with Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. On July 5th, UBC IDEA Lab members met with Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. (ASBC) members and discussed about potential collaboration. We shared about our current lab projects: VR project, telepresence robot project, CALM robot, TV study and so much more:)
  • Insta 360 Camera training
    Insta 360 Camera training On July 5th, one of our lab members Albin gave a training session to the rest of the lab on how to film 360 videos using the camera for future VR video filming. Stay tuned to new VR videos from our lab! 😀
  • Telepresence Robot Training at Long Term Care Home
    Telepresence Robot Training at Long Term Care Home On July 5th, our lab members Joelle, Joey, Samaa, Charlie, and Olivia visited a long term care home to deliver training for telepresence robot for the staff members. We together brought awareness to patient-centred care with use of technology. We gave out… Read more: Telepresence Robot Training at Long Term Care Home
  • Giggles’ trip to Asia
    Giggles’ trip to Asia Giggles, which is the name for our first telerobot😊, is traveling around the world 🌍 with our lab members! In this photo, Giggles is looking at Malaysia from Singapore with Dr. Hung and Lily!  As for this photo, Giggles is next to HongKong’s famous LionRock!🤟🏻🌍 This… Read more: Giggles’ trip to Asia
  • UBC Studio visit 📹 
    UBC Studio visit 📹  Our team had a wonderful time visiting UBC Studios 😊Learning more about 360 video production will increase our technical expertise and help us expand our knowledge and achievements with different projects! 📹 
  • Interview with Brain Exercise Initiative at the University of Waterloo
    Dr.Hung did an interview with Brain Exercise Initiative at the University of Waterloo
  • IDEA Lab’s Showcase at the Pinoy Festival
    IDEA Lab’s Showcase at the Pinoy Festival In preparation for the event, lab members worked together and produced various promotional products: lab introduction leaflets, lab stickers, project stickers, and toys with the lab QR code on them.
  • CALM Robot received funding
    CALM Robot received funding Dear friends, we have exciting news! Our stress relief robot just received funding resource by CABHISpark Program😊
  • IAGG Asia 2023 Conference
    IAGG Asia 2023 Conference From June 12th-14th, Dr. Hung and Lily participated and presented in the IAGG Asia Conference. The theme for the conference is for enhanced wellbeing in later life through innovation and wisdom sharing. They shared their insights and met many like-minded researchers along the way! On June… Read more: IAGG Asia 2023 Conference
  • Visit to Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) Camsell group home
    Visit to Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) Camsell group home Our lab members did our first site visit today at the Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) Camsell group home in Richmond for the AETHER Collaborative Service Robot Project. You might wonder: what is the AETHER robot for? Aether is a collaborative service robot,… Read more: Visit to Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) Camsell group home
  • Silent disco team first group focus groups
    Silent disco team first group focus groups The silent disco team had their first set of focus groups this last week! Staff were enthusiastic about the silent disco headphones and some residents have already had the opportunity to try them! We look forward to exploring both the staff and residents’ experiences… Read more: Silent disco team first group focus groups
  • VR training at a new site
    VR training at a new site he VR team had the first training at a new site today! Staff were enthusiastic about the VR and residents were attracted to the training too!We look forward to exploring both staff and residents’ experiences in the coming few weeks💓
  • Presentation at HongKong Polytechnic University
    On June 5, Dr. Hung and Lily have delivered a presentation in HongKong Poly University on the use of robotics in long term care.
  • TV Study In-Person May Meeting
    TV Study In-Person May Meeting TV Study hosted an in-person meeting for our May monthly meeting on May 27th! We had such a blast! We invited our lab interns and volunteers, and most importantly, our patient and family partners to discuss ways to better facilitate our TV program use in… Read more: TV Study In-Person May Meeting
  • Visit to Lions Home For The Elders
    Visit to Lions Home For The Elders Dr. Hung and Lily visited Lions nursing home in Singapore on May 27th for knowledge exchange and collaboration.
  • Applying 3D Hologram Technology in Senior Care
    Applying 3D Hologram Technology in Senior Care
  • Visit to Seng Kang Community Hospital
    Visit to Seng Kang Community Hospital We discussed challenges in acute care for older people in traditions and other relevant technological solutions. On May 26th, Dr. Hung, Dr. Tan and Lily visited Seng Kong Community Hospital in Singapore guided by Dr. Catherine Chan. Dr. Catherine Chan is the Director of… Read more: Visit to Seng Kang Community Hospital
  • Co-presentation at Puggol Regional Public Library
    Co-presentation about social robots and well-being of older adults
  • Visitation to LILY lab
    Visitation to LILY lab A great visit to Nanyang Tech University to share the innovative ideas about research using. We look forward to collaborating on tech research internationally.
  • World Aging Festival
    World Aging Festival Here is one of photos taken in the Ageing Asia Innovation Forum (AAIF) which was held in Singapore on 24-25 May 2023. International researchers came to share innovative ideas about aspects around successful aging: Assistive Living, Home & Community Care, Active Ageing, Technology and Rehabilitation & Wellness.… Read more: World Aging Festival
  • Health BC Quality Forum 2023
    In June, the Telerobot team, including team members and patient-partners, presented at the AGE-WELL epic conference and Health Quality Forum.
  • Designing For People
    Designing For People At the Designing For People (DFP) event, lab members from our many different projects presented posters! Look below for each projects’ members presenting their posters. Thank you to DFP UBC for having us! Below are photos from our lab members presenting our lab’s promotional products of their… Read more: Designing For People
  • VCHRI: Celebrating 20 Years of Research
    VCHRI: Celebrating 20 Years of Research IDEA Lab joined Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) to celebrate their 20 years of research innovating and continuously striving for better, more effective, evidence-based healthcare. VCHRI support has been instrumental in many of our research projects promoting the wellbeing of peoples living with… Read more: VCHRI: Celebrating 20 Years of Research
  • Relationship between physical health and dementia
    Relationship between physical health and dementia New research from the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle suggests that older women who experienced the greatest drop in muscle function were several times more likely to develop dementia than their counterparts. Clinical professor Dr. Roger Wong and UBC Nursing’s Dr. Lillian Hung commented on… Read more: Relationship between physical health and dementia
  • Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association: 2023
    Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association: 2023 IDEA Lab takes on the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association at Niagara Falls, ON! Here are some of our photos and a video presentation from our lab members below! Watch a snipper of the presentation by Erica and Sophie on the Tochie app!
  • CGNA-Perspectives Publication: The Story of Elder Alex, A Reflection on Gerontological Nursing Competency Standards
    CGNA-Perspectives Publication: The Story of Elder Alex, a Reflection on Gerontological Nursing Competency Standards
  • TV Study Presentation at AbSPORU Journal Club
    TV Study Presentation at AbSPORU Journal Club On February 15th, 2023, Carly and Lily Wong, our family partner, presented a UBC IDEA Lab TV Study paper “Cultural Adaptation in Television Technology for Older Adults with Dementia in Care Settings.” AbSPORU is an organization supporting patient-orientated research in Alberta. Their journal… Read more: TV Study Presentation at AbSPORU Journal Club
  • VR Project Featured By VCHRI
    Check it out! Our VR Project has been featured by VCHRI! A special thanks to Isabella and Vesa for their contributions to our research!
  • Smart TV Event
    On December 23, our Smart TV Team reached out to VGH where staff shared their opinions and feedback regarding the videos we projected. We were glad to hear that residents have been enjoying watching a variety of videos, from babies to dolphins swimming in the ocean!
  • Intergenerational Collaboration Course With Community Living People Who Are Living With Dementia
    A fantastic opportunity provided by Dr. Canning, Art students can partner with community living people who are living with dementia 3 – 4 times as a course. Please email shelley.canning@ufv.ca if interested!
  • Richmond Research Impact Award 2022
    On December 2nd, Dr. Lillian Hung was awarded the 2022 Richmond Research Impact Award for her outstanding research, scholarly contribution and excellence in leadership. Congrats Dr. Hung!
  • GSA 2022
    On November 2-6th, Dr. Hung and Lily Ren attended the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Conference where they delivered two oral presentations. For the first presentation, Dr. Hung also co-chaired the symposium “Technology-Based Interventions and Assessment for Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment.”
  • CAG 2022
    At the Canadian Association of Gerontology (CAG) Conference, Dr. Hung and colleagues delivered an oral presentation on the implementation experiences of Registered Practical Nurses as research champions during COVID-19. Both Dr. Hung and Lily Ren also presented findings on behalf of the Smart TV, Virtual Reality (VR), Telepresence Robot and Overcoming Loneliness Teams. They had five different poster presentations. Dr. Hung and Lily enjoyed sharing our findings and areas of future studies with other researchers from across Canada.
  • WHO Resource
    Congratulations to Dr. Lillian Hung whose papers have been included as a COVID resource for global community by the World Health Organization (WHO)! We are so proud to see research projects led by Dr. Hung making a global impact!
  • 32nd Alzheimer Europe Conference
    Our Telerobot Team virtually presented at the 32nd Alzheimer Europe Conference. Our presenters for the Telepresence Robot Project included Lynn Jackson, Joey Wong and Lily Ren Haopu. Lynn Jackson- a patient partner, has been a keynote speaker at two of their past conferences! As always, we appreciate the opportunity to share our work and findings with international audiences!
  • Fourth International Workshop on Socio-Gerontechnology
    Fourth International Workshop on Socio-Gerontechnology On September 8th and 9th, Dr. Lillian Hung and Lily Ren attended the fourth international workshop on socio-gerontechnology, which focused on ageing and the use of technology during Covid-19. Our team discussed the benefits of implementing technology into LTC settings, using findings from our Telerobot… Read more: Fourth International Workshop on Socio-Gerontechnology
  • KT Connects Webinar
    KT Connects Webinar On August 19th, Dr. Lillian Hung and Nazia Ahmed spoke about how we use technology to engage stakeholders in knowledge translation. Engagement of both staff and patient partners was crucial in the adoption of telepresence robots into care settings. We used various creative outlets for knowledge translation… Read more: KT Connects Webinar
  • AAIC 2022
    AAIC 2022 IDEALab team attended the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2022 in-person in the beautiful city San Diego. We shared our findings on the Tochie, Telepresence Robot and Overcoming Loneliness projects. We are happy to have our family partner Lily Wong as one of our presenter! AAIC2022 is a… Read more: AAIC 2022
  • Congrats to Margaret Lin being the Alumni Stars of UBC Applied Science 2022
    We are proud to have Margaret in our Team at UBC IDEA Lab. Click on the picture below to read the full interview. Margaret definitely deserves to be the Alumni Stars of UBC Applied Science 2022.
  • BSG Conference
    BSG Conference Using telepresence robots to support virtual family visits during the lockdown in Long-Term Care Abstract Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted older adults living with dementia in LTC. Social isolation and loss of connections with families among residents have been detrimental and severely impacted quality of life. Method:… Read more: BSG Conference
  • GPA Workshop
    GPA Workshop Today (06/30/22) Dr. Lillian Hung held a Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) workshop at Vancouver General Hospital. What is GPA? GPA is an innovative dementia care education curriculum based on a person-centred care approach. Designed for interdisciplinary point of care staff across healthcare sectors, GPA is delivered as four… Read more: GPA Workshop
  • Telerobot Project Newsletter
    Telerobot Project Newsletter We hope you are enjoying this summer so far. Here is our monthly Newsletter with updates about our telerobots. It has been quite a roller coaster since more families started using them but stay tuned for highlights of our progress! Klick on the image below to download… Read more: Telerobot Project Newsletter
  • ADI Conference 2022
    ADI Conference 2022 “We are pleased to announce that the 35th Global Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International will be hosted online and in-person in London, UK at The Kia Oval on 9th-11th June 2022. The theme for the conference, New horizons in dementia: Building on hope, continues the momentum gained during… Read more: ADI Conference 2022
  • Using Telepresence Robots to Enable Long-Term Care Research with Patient Partners
    Using Telepresence Robots to Enable Long-Term Care Research with Patient Partners Here is our poster submission to IAGG on behalf of Dr. Lillian Hung for the poster: “Using Telepresence Robots to Enable Long-Term Care Research with Patient Partners”
  • 22nd IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatric
    22nd IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatric The Argentine Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics (SAGG) and the Argentine Gerontological Association (AGA) have made a joint effort to chair the 22nd World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, which will take place in virtual format from June 12 to 16, 2022.… Read more: 22nd IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatric
  • Exploring ethical risks of using a telepresence robot in Canadian long-term care homes
    Exploring ethical risks of using a telepresence robot in Canadian long-term care homes Joey Wong We are pleased to participate and share our work at the HRI2022 conference. This workshop calls for positions and discussions to irritate two major, limiting boundaries within human-robot interaction (HRI): (1) to cross the boundaries… Read more: Exploring ethical risks of using a telepresence robot in Canadian long-term care homes
  • Dr. Hung, Canada Research Chair
    Dr. Hung, Canada Research Chair We are excited to congratulate that Dr. Lilian Hung the founder of UBC IDEA Lab had been announced as Tier II Canada Research Chair in Senior Care on January 12, 2022 The Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Senior Care aims to improve the care of… Read more: Dr. Hung, Canada Research Chair
  • West Coast Conference on Aging
    West Coast Conference on Aging The Voices for Action: Rebuilding Trust in Elder Care theme includes discussion on issues that matter to geriatric services, gerontology, community, and residential care. Conference themes encompass the latest research in care for persons with dementia, advances in best practices, ethical issues, and the changing… Read more: West Coast Conference on Aging
  • UVic School of Nursing PhD informal seminar
    Tricks of the trade: From writing a course assignment to publishing a commentary With Dr. Jae-Yung Kwon At some point in your academic career, you will probably have to write a commentary. The goal of publishing commentaries is to find a unique perspective or angle that advances a particular topic… Read more: UVic School of Nursing PhD informal seminar
  • Presentations at Alzheimer Europe Conference
    Our abstracts on staff’s attitude towards the use of telepresence robots in Canadian long-term care homes and staff resilience during the COVID outbreak have both been accepted to be presented at this year’s Alzheimer Europe Conference, to be held on November 29th!
  • AAIC Presentation
    IDEA Lab members Dr. Lillian Hung, Sophie Yang, and Jim Mann will virtually present our work on the Happy2Eat project at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) on July 26-30. Please come join us to learn more about this project!
  • Northern Health Conference Presentation
    Find out more about our Happy2Eat presentation at the 2021 Northern Health Conference, held June 9th and 10th, which focused on the compassion of long-term care staff throughout the pandemic!
  • UBC IDEA Lab Website Launch
    Welcome the new IDEA Lab website! Our lab aims to innovate in dementia care for older adults, often through the use of new technology. Our research is primarily patient-oriented and therefore we work closely with our many patient partners to improve outcomes of patients. Here’s an overview of how our… Read more: UBC IDEA Lab Website Launch