DAY 2  – Tuesday, October 3rd   

Workshop 1 – 9h00-10h30

Definition of relevant future areas of life for the use of AAL Solutions in Europe

Speakers: Felix Piazolo,Judith Kathrein, Konstantin Seger, Sonja Vigl, Luka Cotelj.

Although AAL Solutions are intended to improve the quality of life for those using them, existing studies and project reports have mainly focused on the technical and feasibility aspects, with little research conducted on the impact of quality of life. Initial findings indicate a positive influence of AAL Solutions on various quality of life domains, particularly concerning social aspects. Therefore, in this session we will discuss further areas of life, which are and will become relevant for AAL, the effect that AAL Solutions have on different aspects of quality of life, and AAL scenarios that are important in this area of study.

Workshop 2 – 9h00-10h30

Hands-on practice of ‘value proposition canvas’ as a tool to develop innovative financial models

Speakers: Alain Denis, Rik Wisselink,  Ad Van Berlo.

This workshop will give you a hands-on experience of the ‘value proposition canvas’ tool. This will give you the confidence to apply the tool in your own project and build a more customer-oriented and innovative business model. You will apply the tool on ActiveAdvice (www.activeadvice.eu), a platform to bridge the gap between offer and demand of AAL products and services. It is an innovative service, creating value through the involvement of three different target groups: consumers, businesses and authorities (government). After discussions you will work in small groups of six participants to share and compare results together.

Workshop 3 – 9h00-10h30

Motivation Emotion and Assessment in serious games for dementia intervention

Speakers: Mariella Panagl, Ernst Koster, Martijn Niessen, Liselore Snaphaan, Inge Bongers, Geert Vander Stichele, Philipp Lefkopoulos, Lucas Paletta.

Dementia is a broad category of neurocognitive disorders that cause long-term decline in the ability to think and remember, but that also involves emotional problems and a decrease in motivation. The impact of motivational support requires more investigation in the context of serious games, assistance in the psychosocial contexts, and substantial increase of activation, awareness, and positive stimulation for persons with dementia. Assessment in this context is relevant to make efficient use of the monitoring of consequences in daily life over longer periods of time. An overview on interdisciplinary expertise will be followed by an open session to enrich information exchange.

Workshop 4 – 9h00-10h30

Mobility Solutions – current research projects and how they enhance their impact

Speakers: Christoph Stahl, Thibaud Latour,  Christian Mandel, Daniel Bieber.

Mobility is a key necessity for seniors to actively participate in social life. Diminished visual, physical and cognitive abilities can cause a loss of confidence and orientation that means people prefer to stay at home. The workshop aims to present current research activities on navigational aid and mobility assistance, focussing on (but not limited to) systems that address the special needs of seniors. We invite contributions related to a broad range of topics such as, public transportation services, orientation for indoor environments, and mobile emergency calls. Presentations may cover aspects of usability and/or technical advances in positioning, mapping, routing for example.

Workshop 5 – 14h00-15h30

Bridges between Europe – Integrating health and social care towards innovation

Speakers: Pe Luís Costa (deputy Carina Dantas), Horst Kraemer, Madallena Illario, José Usero, Javier Ganzarain, Carina Dantas, Alexander Peine, João Malva, Alfonso Montero, Peter Saraga.

Many European networks are implementing actions on AHA and AAL but there are still challenges ahead. This panel intends to include a common discussion towards the alignment of strategies and initiatives. It is understood that European strategies can only be valuable if they are implemented locally (is national funding also aligned?), and so the gap between top and bottom networks (implementing policies and scaling-up local initiatives) will be discussed. The sessions expects to conclude with a clearer understanding of the difficulties of integrating health and social care, and corrective measures to follow. Also, the path between real user needs and products developed will be explored as a critical factor for the broad implementation of AAL.

Workshop 6 – 14h00-15h30

New financial models from two very innovative projects for heart failure support: SmartBEAT and Do CHANGE

Speakers: Linda Harnevo, Jose Cardoso, Ad van Berlo.

As value-based care replaces the fee-for-service model under healthcare plans, new innovative solutions start to emerge in order to boost the efficiency of the health system and empower patients to manage their own care. One of growing interest is the “shared savings” approach. The concept is fairly simple: if a healthcare system/provider reduces total healthcare expenditures with its patients, then the seller of the application causing this outcome is rewarded part of the savings. Also of interest is the financial innovation “Health Impact Bonds”: an instrument to avoid “wrong pocket” savings in which investors are solely paid based on outcome performance.

Workshop 7 – 14h00-15h30

How to get tailor-made AAL packages?

Speakers: Urs Guggenbühl, Petra Friedrich, Isabella Hämmerle,Guido Kempter.

Within this workshop we will discuss, new approaches for the assembly (case-based selection and combination), personalisation (fine-tuning personal settings) and individualisation (application of adaption loops) of AAL solutions. We will present the first results from IBH (an association of 30 Universities around the Lake of Constance) Living Lab AAL, which was launched during the last AAL Forum in St. Gallen. The participants will be asked to discuss how they overcome challenges with the assembly, personalisation, and individualisation of AAL solutions. We will make use of “moderated discussion” as an instrument to lead different opinions towards a common understanding.

Workshop 8 – 14h00-15h30

Enhancing Impact of AAL Projects: Enhancing the social impact of AAL projects through the starting up of local communities and the cooperative model

Speakers: Louis Cousin, Marylo Verhagen, Lenka Christiaens, Diotima Bertel
Gerard Van Loon.

Community-based organisations including charities, volunteers’ initiatives, and cooperatives have a lot of experience in community mobilisation and social innovation. These organisations have a demonstrated the capacity to translate their members’ needs into collective actions and responses. On the other hand, technological innovation also creates new potentials for communities, enabling them to provide higher-quality care to elderly people, to lessen their social isolation and to create bonds among local inhabitants. This workshop will aim to enable the sharing of experience among AAL practitioners around two case studies, with an ambition to foster community-involvement approaches as a leverage for enhancing (social) benefits of AAL projects.

Workshop 9 – 16h00-17h30

Senior Centered IoT– A new challenge for Senior friendly habitats

Speakers: Matteo Zallio, John McGrory.

Nowadays, with emerging technologies, connected devices and IoT-based appliances, we are living in a world where information and data represent a new, emerging business with increased security issues. Simultaneously, the lack of awareness that many seniors face when using new technologies and managing personal data, represent one of the major issues in the field of AAL. The workshop is based on a “Senior-Centred IoT Approach”, which is composed of four main topics that relate to users’ abilities: security and safety, technology and innovation, usability and interoperability, connectivity and smartness. The aim of the workshop will be to demystify technology issues, increase the awareness on data, IoT-based devices, user experience, and define the state-of-the-art on sensing technologies and ambient intelligence.

Workshop 10 – 16h00-17h30

‘So you’ve built it; how will they get there?’ Beta business plan

Speakers: Marina Abed, Anil Sethi, Dorian Selz.

The objective is to promote early adoption of Ambient Assisted Living Innovations to Seniors with a beta business plan. AAL innovators may miss co-innovation and adoption chain risks, arising from partners along the value chain, which can keep a great innovation from achieving market success.

Workshop 11 – 16h00-17h30

Business Case – Validated methods for evaluating economic effects on assisted living technology

Speakers: Ivan Kjær Lauridsen, Simon Albertsen.

A business case where a combination of various evaluation methods was used for validating effects regarding economy, citizen dignity and working environment on assisted living technology in a nursing home. A nursing home in Aarhus has been testing a range of different technologies that cover the areas of lifting, daily care, health evaluation, and other daily activities. The evaluation reveals several significant benefits both in relation to citizen dignity and the working environment of caregivers. In some cases, financial benefits can also be realised. The management team at Health & Care (Sundhed og Omsorg) in Aarhus Municipality has determined that several of the tested technologies should be implemented in all nursing homes.

Workshop 12 – 16h00-17h30

How to make the process of UCD easier in ALL projects: increasing adoption through UCD

Speakers: Ana Margarida Ferreira, Soraia Teles de Sousa, Diotima Bertel,Daniel Heery.

It is widely agreed that user-centred design (UCD) and participatory design (PD) are required approaches in the R&D for AAL Solutions. In spite of existing guidelines to support user involvement, usability and UX tests, namely with older adults, in practice, researchers and developers in this field face numerous challenges which need to be dealt in order to favour solutions uptake. This session builds on the work developed in the scope of the ActiveAdvice European project, which faced the challenge of integrating the interests and needs of three different stakeholders: clients, businesses and governments. It aims to gather insights, from the experiences and challenges posed to researchers and developers in the AAL field, about approaches to involve end-users and perform usability and UX tests with older adults. The collaborative discussion initiated in the workshop is expected to continue on time through the drafting and discussion of guidelines on how to make the process of UCD easier in AAL projects.