Research Unit Active and Assisted Living

Forschungsgruppe der FH Kärnten / Research Unit of Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

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Research Unit Active and Assisted Living

Forschungsgruppe der FH Kärnten / Research Unit of Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

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About Us

Linking technologies and social environment is the central aim of the Research Unit Active & Assisted Living at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences. The unit develops concepts, products and services in the areas of smart home, smart health and smart interaction to improve the quality of life of older adults. It uses an innovative participatory Living Lab methodology and has proven excellence in intelligent sensor technology, interoperable interfaces, ADL algorithms, user interfaces, and socio-technical evaluation.

Our vision is to enable a longer, happier and more self-determined life for older adults within their own homes. This is why we cooperate with future end users to develop new technological solutions. This not only reduces the burdens on our health care systems but more importantly increases the well-being of older adults.

The focus of our R&D activities lies in the areas of Smart Health, Smart Home and Smart Interaction:

SMART HOME: Modern technologies such as activity monitoring, automatization and alarm systems are used to develop smart homes that increase older adults’ safety and independence in their own living environment.

SMART HEALTH: Modern technologies are used to measure and analyze the health status of older adults to support the processes of prevention, therapy and rehabilitation. Examples of such systems are wearables, telemonitoring and telemedicine.

SMART INTERACTION: The interaction between humans and technology requires operating concepts that are intuitive, practical and adapted to the target group. The aim is to create a positive user experience.

Our research is based on a participatory user-centered approach. The entire R&D process from the idea via testing to market launch follows the Living Lab methodology which involves all relevant stakeholder includes infrastructure, appropriate tools, methods and processes. We develop solutions together with future end users and including the views of all dimensions of the quadruple helix: government, industry, academia and civil participants. Our cooperation with national and international research and business partners allows us to put our ideas into practice and make it available to interested end users.

As part of the Living Lab Carinthia, we have created a modern infrastructure for user-centered research and development in a multidisciplinary environment. Our laboratories are designed to reflect the real life and illustrate the applications of the latest technological trends.

Projects

Please find below a list of the ongoing and finished projects of the research unit and click the link to get further information.

Running:

DETECT&CONNECT | Technology connecting people in need to people who care

REHA2030 | Post Clinical Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients in the Rural Area in 2030

SENSHOME | The house as normal as possible and as special as necessary

AYUDO | Innovative and digital assisted personal health management to enhance wellbeing

CROSSTRAIL | Support trailrun for everyone in the CLLD Region “HEurOpen”

MOVINSI | Movinsi – Let’s go!

Closed:

Smart VitAALity | Carinthian Pilot Region for AAL and Smart Living Technologies

CARE4TECH | Cross Sectoral Alliances for Smart Living

COOP4HEALTHCARE | Cross-sectoral Alliances for Smart Healthcare Solutions

Publications

  • Scharf, P., Wohofsky, L., Krainer, D., Lattacher, S.: Analyse von Einflussfaktoren auf die Nutzungsabsicht von AAL-Technologien am Beispiel der Pilotregion Smart VitAALity in: VDE (Hrsg.), AAL-Kongress 2020, 29 Sep-01 Oct 2020, online, S. 38-44 (2020)
  • Plattner, J., Oberrauner, E., Ströckl, D., Oberzaucher, J.: Using IoT Middleware Solutions in Interdisciplinary Research Projects in the Context of AAL in: Association for Computing Machinery (Hrsg.), ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA), 30-30 Jun 2020, Virtual Conference (2020)
  • Plattner, J., Ströckl, D., Oberrauner, E., Majcen, K., Oberzaucher, J.: The Synergy of Technology Usage and Human-driven Support Activities in an AAL Pilot Region in: 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, 03-05 May 2020, Virtual Conference (2020)
  • Ströckl, D., Oberrauner, E., Plattner, J., Shekhovtsov, V., Leitner, G., Kop, C., Schartner, P., Steinberger, C.: Smart City Technology meets Smart Health Assistive Systems – on the example of the project AYUDO in: Association for Computing Machinery (Hrsg.), ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA), 30-30 Jun 2020, Virtual Conference (2020)
  • Ströckl D. E., Oberrauner E., Krainer D., Wohofsky L. & Oberzaucher J.: Hedonic and pragmatic qualities of AAL pilot region technologies – Evaluation with the AttrakDiff Survey. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, Volume 1: ICT4AWE, S. 187-193 (2020)
  • Wohofsky L., Scharf P., Lattacher S. L., Krainer D. & Oberzaucher J.: Akzeptanz und Alltagsintegration von technischen Interventionen im Rahmen des Projekts Smart VitAALity und Auswirkungen des Health Care Center Models auf das Gesundheitsbewusstsein der Teilnehmer*innen. Forschungsforum der Österreichischen Fachhochschulen 2020 (2020)
  • Sulopuisto O., Ströckl D. E. and Hagendorfer-Jauk G.: Connected Caregivers. NET NEP 2020 – 8th International Nurse Education Conference – Transforming nursing and midwifery education: Leadership innovation and diversity for global healthcare impact. Barcelona, Spain. (2020)
  • Ströckl D. E.: Multimodal Interface Modeling Language – from a Metamodel to an assistive and flexible User-System Interface. Innovationskongress 2019 – Smart Living Forum, Villach, Österreich. (2020)
  • Kada O., Mark A., Oberzaucher J., Ströckl D. E.: Smart VitAALity – Effects of a modular AAL system on subjective quality of life. Methods and first results. Innovationskongress 2019 – Smart Living Forum, Villach, Österreich (2020)
  • Ströckl, D.E., Mayr, H., (2019). Multi-Modal Human-System Interaction based on MCA in: 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Human Systems Integration: Integrating People and Intelligent Systems Proceedings 2019, 07-10 Feb 2019, San Diego, California, USA.
  • Krainer, D., Lattacher, S., Oberzaucher, J., Liebhart, W., Liebhart, M., Ströckl, D., Plattner, J., Schaschl, P. (2019): Practical Realization of an integrated Telemonitoring and Health Care Center Model – Interim results within the Pilot Region Smart VitAALity, SMARTER LIVES 19 – Smarter Lives meets uDay, Digitalisierung und Lebensqualität im Alter, Bozen – Italien.
  • Majcen, K./ Plattner, J./ Ströckl, D. E./Löffler, K./Schuster, E./Schaschl, P./ Krainer, D./Oberzaucher, J. (2019): AAL-Pilot Concepts in Carinthia and Styria in Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health (ICT4AWE 2019), pp. 289-296, Heraklion, May 2019. ISSN: 2184-4984. ISBN: 978-989-758-368-1.
  • Ströckl, D.E./Majcen, K./Plattner, J./Krainer, D./Löffler, K./Schuster, E./Schaschl, P./Oberzaucher, J. (2019): South Austrian Seniors “vs.” ICT for Healthcare in AAL Pilot Regions in Proceedings of 1st International Conference on Finance, Economics, Management and IT Business (FEMIB 2019), pp. 86-93, Heraklion, May 2019. ISBN: 978-989-758-370-4.
  • Krainer, D., Plattner, J., Lattacher, S. (2018). Spotlight on Health: Technical Solutions and Services to promote an independent and autonomous life. In: (Hrsg.), Gebäude der Zukunft? vernetzt – digital – ökosozial, S. 263-267, Leykam, Graz
  • Ströckl, D., Krainer, D., Oberrauner, E. (2018) Improving Interdisciplinary Communication – Use Case Focused User Interaction Diagram 2.0 in: IARIA – Ambient 2018, 18-22 Nov 2018, Athen, Griechenland
  • Krainer, D., Plattner, J., Ströckl, D., Fleck, A., Oberrauner, E., Oberzaucher, J. (2018). System Definition based on a Multidimensional Requirement Analysis within the Pilot Region Smart VitAALity in: Smarter Lives 2018, 20-20 Feb 2018, Innsbruck
  • Krainer, D. (2018). Methode für die Evaluierung der Systemakzeptanz von „meinZentrAAL“. In Trukeschitz, B., Schneider, C., Ring-Dimitriou, S. (Hrsg.), Smartes Betreutes Wohnen: Nutzung, Systemakzeptanz und Wirkungen von „meinZentrAAL“. Erkenntnisse der AAL-Forschung. BoD Book on Demand, Norderstedt, Deutschland. ISBN 978-3-744-88233-0.
  • Krainer, D., Plattner, J., Oberzaucher, J., Schneider, C. (2018). Die Systemakzeptanz von „meinZentrAAL“. In Trukeschitz, B., Schneider, C., Ring-Dimitriou, S. (Hrsg.), Smartes Betreutes Wohnen: Nutzung, Systemakzeptanz und Wirkungen von „meinZentrAAL“. Erkenntnisse der AAL-Forschung. BoD Book on Demand, Norderstedt, Deutschland. ISBN 978-3-744-88233-0.
  • Schneider, C., Maringer, V., Rieser, H., Venek, V., Krainer, D., (2018). Nutzungshäufigkeit von „meinZentrAAL“. In Trukeschitz, B., Schneider, C., Ring-Dimitriou, S. (Hrsg.), Smartes Betreutes Wohnen: Nutzung, Systemakzeptanz und Wirkungen von „meinZentrAAL“. Erkenntnisse der AAL-Forschung. BoD Book on Demand, Norderstedt, Deutschland. ISBN 978-3-744-88233-0.
  • Ströckl, D.E., Mayr, H., (2018). MCA Driven Interaction Interfacing in: IARIA – Ambient 2018, 18-22 Nov 2018, Athen, Griechenland.
  • Ströckl, D.E., (2018). Scenario based Development Approach towards a Multi-modal Interface Presentation Meta-model in: Smarter Lives 2018, 20-20 Feb 2018, Innsbruck.
  • Oberzaucher, J., Krainer, D. (2017). Elektronische Hilfsmittel für diagnostische Zwecke – aktuelle Ansätze und zukünftige Herausforderungen. In: Likar, R., Bernatzky, G., Pinter, G., Pipam, W., Janig, H., Sadjak, A. (Hrsg.), Lebensqualität im Alter – Therapie und Prophylaxe von Altersleiden, S. 401-416, Springer
  • Oberzaucher, J., Krainer, D., (2017). Technologie für BewohnerInnen im Betreuten Wohnen – Gewünscht, akzeptiert oder geduldet? – Diskussion ausgewählter Feldtest-Ergebnisse. In Proceedings of ENI 2017. 9. Wissenschaftlicher Kongress für Informationstechnologie im Gesundheits-, Pflege- und Sozialbereich. 14.09-15.09.2017, Hall in Tirol, Österreich,
  • Krainer, D., Ströckl, D., Oberzaucher, J., (2017). Use Case Focused User-Interaction Diagram – A Communication Tool within AAL Projects in: PETRA ’17: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, 21-23 Jun 2017, Island of Rhodes, Greece, S. 193-196
  • Ates, N., Aumayr, G., Drobics, M., Förster, K., Frauenberger, C., Garschall, M., Kofler, M., Krainer, D., Kropf, J., Majcen, K., Oberzaucher, J., Piazolo, F., Rzepka, A., Sauskojus, J., Schneider, C., Stainer-Hochgatterer, A., Sturm, N., Waibel, U., Willner, V. (2017). Assistive Solutions in Practice: Experiences from AAL Pilot Regions in Austria. Health Informatics Meets EHealth: Digital Insight–Information-Driven Health & Care. Proceedings of the 11th EHealth2017 Conference. Vol. 236. IOS Press, 2017.
  • Krainer, D., Oberzaucher, J., Ströckl, D., Mitterbacher, A., Kada, O. (2017). Living Lab Carinthia – Neue Wege in der IKT-gestützten Versorgungsforschung in: Poster präsentiert am 12. Gemeinsamen Österreichisch-Deutschen Geriatriekongress, 57. Kongress der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Geriatrie und Gerontologie. Geriatrie – Wissen und Forschung für ein gelingendes Alter(n). Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie 1. 20. – 22. April 2017, Universität Wien, 20-22 Apr 2017.

The Living Lab Methodology

PROLIDA, the Professional Living, Innovation and Development Lab for an Ageing Society combines infrastructure, methods and processes and quadruple helix actors.

In this framework we perform  participatory user centered research and development in a multidisciplinary environment in the region of Carinthia.

For us, Living Lab is more than a concept, it is our philiosophy  while doing research and developing innovation either in our university or in our neighborhood or even in the entire region, starting with idea & conceptualization via implementation & evaluation through to expoitation & anchoring.

Team

Contact

Dipl.-Ing.in Daniela Krainer, BSc.

Senior Researcher and Lecturer
Department for Health & Assistive Technologies

Fachhochschule Kärnten gemeinnützige Privatstiftung
Primoschgasse 10
9020 Klagenfurt
T: +43 (0)5 / 90500-3225
F: +43 (0)5 / 90500–3210
d.krainer@fh-kaernten.at