Our Projects

The TAGteam consists of talented individuals with backgrounds in computer science, engineering, human-computer interaction, human factors, graphic and interface design, psychology and sociology.

Digital Life Histories

A major focus of our work has been in the use of digital multimedia to stimulate recall, reminiscence, and social engagement in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). In a first project, we developed and demonstrated the value of an effective method for creating and using multimedia biographies (digital life histories) for AD/MCIindividuals. We are currently exploring various uses of images captured by Microsoft SenseCam, an automatic lifelogging camera, for enhancing recall, reminiscence, and social engagement.


Reconstructing the Past

Title: Reconstructing the Past: Personal Memory Technologies Are Not Just Personal and Not Just for Memory
Authors: Masashi Crete-Nishihata, Ronald M. Baecker, Michael Massimi, Deborah Ptak, Rachelle Campigotto, Liam D. Kaufman, Adam M. Brickman, Gary R. Turner, Joshua R. Steinerman and Sandra E. Black
Date: 2012
Publication: Human-Computer Interaction, 27:1-2, 92-123.

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Assessing the Cognitive

Title: Assessing the Cognitive and Psychosocial Impact of Two SenseCam Media Formats on Persons with MCI and Mild AD
Authors: Baecker, R.M., Crete-Nishihata, M., Ptak, D., Brickman, A., Turner, G., Black, S.E., and Steinerman, J.
Date: 2009
Event: SenseCam 2009: Clinical and Technical Advances and the Future of SenseCam Research, October 2009.


The Psychosocial Impacts of Multimedia Biographies

Title: The Psychosocial Impacts of Multimedia Biographies on Persons with Cognitive Impairments
Authors: T. Damiankis, M. Crete-Nishihata, K.L. Smith, R.M. Baecker and E. Marziali
Date: July 10, 2009
Publication: The Gerongologist

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Multimedia Biographies

Title: Multimedia Biographies: A Reminiscence and Social Stimulus Tool for Persons with Cognitive Impairment
Authors: Smith, K.L., Crete-Nishihata, M., Damianakis, T., Baecker, R.M., and Marziali, E.
Date: 2009
Publication: Journal of Technology in Human Services, 27, 287-306.

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An Exploratory Case Study

Title: An Exploratory Case Study of the Impact of Ambient Biographical Displays on Identity in a Patient with Alzheimer’s Disease
Authors: Massimi, J., Berry, E., Browne, G., Smyth, G., Watson, P., and Baecker, R.M.
Date: 2008
Publication: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 18(5-6), 742-765.

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Other Projects

CrossRoads: Fostering Culture Exchange between Grandparents and Grandchildren in Immigrant Families


PhotoFlow: A Mobile Digital Tabletop Picture-Mediated Sharing of Older Adults’ Family Memories


Designing Acceptable Virtual Doctors