Department of Sociology

Graduate Students

Brice Darras


Areas of Interest

Technology, Aging, Privacy, Research Methods


B.S. Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000

Current and/or Anticipated Research

My thesis project is investigating reasons why elderly persons adopt assistive technology for personal use. The CASAS Project here at WSU is developing a "Smart Home" ambient intelligence system equipped with sensors to help caregivers monitor the health and well-being of elderly residents in their homes. Using an experimental approach, I am examining different factors which may influence potential users' willingness to adopt this technology. 

I am also working with Dr. Christine Horne on a project which investigates the privacy-related aspects of the new Smart Grid and Smart Meter technology which is currently being installed to replace old utility infrastructures around the country.



Brice Darras

Contact Brice

Office: Wilson-Short 149
Phone: (509) 335-4595 (msgs)


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