Co-designing with Older Adults for Voice User Interfaces

05/2019 - Present

Graduate Thesis

Advances in voice interaction technologies for smart devices are bringing hands-free and natural ways of communication to our daily lives. However, most older adults have not fully embraced this emerging technology because of mental and physical constraints that limit their access to it. It is essential to learn how technology can adapt to the aging group.


The research goal is to explore how to design Voice User Interfaces (VUI), both with and for older adults. Through the participatory method, the research actively involves older adults to help ensure the resulting design meets their needs. The study aims to learn how to construct an applicable co-design process for working with older adults. The results of this research are expected to inform the development of a design framework for the application of VUI that can be applied in the creation of better and more meaningful communication experiences for older adults.