UB Center for Home Health and Well-Being through Adaptive Smart Environments (Home-BASE)

Home health and wellness is essential for reducing health care costs, creating lifestyle choices that improve individual health, and supporting independence for aging or functionally limited populations.

There are currently no university centers that combine expertise in engineering, health professions, nursing and architecture to advance home health and wellness initiatives. UB’s Center for Home Health and Well-Being through Adaptive Smart Environments (Home-BASE) will produce transformative research and educational activities across four decanal units to establish UB as a leader in home health and wellness innovation within the AAU.

The Center will focus on 3 inter-related themes:

  1. Environments for Health and Well-Being,
  2. Integrated Assistive Technologies, and
  3. Home Health Informatics.

Three Transformative Pilot Research Projects that each require at least 2 different UB Schools will be completed each year to produce preliminary studies and proof of concepts needed for federally funded research grants. A State of the Science Workshop will be held each year in one of the three thematic areas to identify grant proposal opportunities and strengthen relationships with potential sponsors and external collaborators. An NSF IGERT proposal will be submitted to strengthen Home-BASE related course curriculums, and expand the number of participating departments and Ph.D. students. The Center is well aligned with 3 UB Strategic Strength Initiatives (Information and Computing Technology, Integrated Nanostructured Systems, and Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan). Requested support will allow the Center to develop the publication record, pilot studies and infrastructure needed for successful proposals to NSF, NIH, NIDRR, DHHS, HUD, VA, the FDA and industry. External funding is expected to far exceed the university investment

within 4 years.