Elliot Cole

Elliot Cole

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Elliot Cole

Elliot is a computer scientist and founder and president of the Institute for Cognitive Prosthetics. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in designing computing technology for treating cognitive disabilities, as well Hospital-to-Home telehealth. He developed Patient-Centered Design, a process for personalized medicine therapy that can produce high levels of patient compliance and engagement. In computer science, his interest is Human-Centered Computing, looking at ways that individuals and groups can use computers to better achieve own ends. His focus has been on expanding the boundaries of therapy for cognitive and physical disabilities, increasing techniques for therapists to treat their patients.

In the mid-1980s, he was given a tour of a residential traumatic brain injury (TBI) rehabilitation center and became convinced that computer technology could reduce some of the disabilities experienced by individuals following a TBI. A pilot study provided Proof-of-Concept, that computer software could be a cognitive prosthesis for TBI. His publication on this work was the first on cognitive disorders in the field of computer science.

The National Institutes of Health awarded him several grants, including from the Division of Fundamental Neuroscience. He has served as an NIH Study Section member for six years which provides the scientific peer review of research proposals. He has also served as a proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation, The Department of Defense, the National Institute for Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Elliot is the author of more than 100 papers and presentations at scientific and professional meetings in North America, United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia. He was Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Organizational Dynamics program for the 2012/2013 academic year where he was exploring issues of the diffusion of technological innovation in healthcare.