The goal of Pilot Core for Aging (PCB) is to utilize a multidisciplinary collaborative approach to identify, develop, refine, and disseminate promising technologies that have high potential to improve the health and wellbeing of older Americans and/or their caregivers, with an emphasis on those that can mitigate current disparities in access and delivery of health care in rural and urban areas across the US.

Core Leadership:

Jeremy D. Walston, MD

Jeremy D. Walston, MD

Co-Principal Investigator
Administrative Core Pilot Core B Access to Underserved Populations of Older Adults JHU University-Wide Resources
Suchi Saria, PhD

Suchi Saria, PhD

Co-Director, Pilot B (Geriatrics)
Pilot Core B Core Leaders Engineering Resources

Core Activities:

  • To identify and fund innovative AI and machine learning-supported technologies that promise to improve the health and well-being of older adults through an annual pilot award process.
  • To ensure pilot projects are well-designed, timely and rigorous by providing intellectual leadership, oversight, and access to all AITC core resources.
  • To assist in the further development and translation of completed pilot projects into products that will benefit older adults and/or their caregivers.
  • To expand the expertise and network of funded investigators focused on aging relevant AI technologies.

Funded Projects

This is a virtual reality platform designed to provide senior-friendly immersive experiences to support positive aging and reduce social isolation.

This project features a smartphone-based telemedicine platform that can be used by caregivers, senior living facilities or primary care providers to screen patients for cataracts. It will also connect them to treatment facilities and manage post-op care.

PI: Kunal Parikh, Research Associate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Whiting School of Engineering and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine 

This project features a handlebar device that can be used to “train” seniors to improve their balance.