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 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.
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.