DAY 3  – Wednesday, October 4th  

Workshop 13 – 9h00-10h30

Building trust and confidence in the performance of the AAL Marketplace

Speakers: Djamel Khadraoui, Pierre Rossel, Rodd Bond.

The objective in this session is, to highlight AAL domain activities and projects by addressing the challenges of increasing AAL adoption through a focus on product and service assessment traceable forms of quality assurance. Specifically, it will elaborate on exploring innovative AAL assessment methodologies, developmental reference frameworks, system and service ontologies and taxonomies. These framework tools can help characterise and connect diverse user demands with supply side innovation, and foster more collaborative and improvement-oriented processes for greater co-design approaches, enhance the provision of adaptable solutions better matching diverse needs, and show real capacities to adapt as the technologies and services, themselves, constantly evolve.

Workshop 14 – 9h00-10h30

Does the Robot Care? Increasing the Acceptance of Social Robots in Healthcare

Speakers: Oliver Korn, Gerald Bieber, Anne Jacobsen (assistant).

Does the Robot Care? Perspectives on the Acceptance of Social Robots in Healthcare. There are several examples of innovative robots in care however, the actual use of them in the domains medical care and care for the elderly is scarce. Is this still due to technological problems – or do humans simply prefer care from fellow humans? What if these care robots were social robots, able to recognise a patient’s emotions, responding properly to a depressed or cheerful patient? And is such a response ethically desirable – or is it unethical to make a machine simulate human understanding? These questions will be discussed in the workshop, based on an introduction showing best practices.

Workshop 15 – 9h00-10h30

Vision AAL beyond 2025

Speakers: Kurt Majcen, Christian Hartmann, Mike Dorst, Gil Gonçalves, José Casquilho.

European societies are currently facing big challenges like climate change, digitisation and demographic change. Especially the latter, which will significantly influence our daily lives. Active and Assisted Living deals with many developments on how to assist primary, secondary and tertiary end-users in coping with these changes. The workshop intends to rethink if our current activities will lead us to where we want to be in about ten years from now. What will (assisted) living look like in 2025 and beyond? Which areas of daily life will be covered? What has to be done to achieve that?

Workshop 16 – 9h00-10h30

RITMOCORE: A PPI promoting Risk sharing for home monitoring of Arrhythmias patients

Speakers: Sofía Moreno Pérez, Ann Williams, Susana Bañó Oliva, Laida San Sebastian, Marcel Olivié.

RITMOCORE, how to integrate more innovations with less money. RITMOCORE is an EU PPI exploring the path towards value-based health. ICT innovation could contribute to increasing wellbeing and sustainability but how can you open doors to innovation while budgetary restrictions increase? This session analyses real experiences of new purchasing models which open the door of public services to ICT innovations. The objectives are: to identify the key elements in innovation enabling purchasing methods; to identify other means like quality labelling, promoting safe adoption of ICT from citizens, coordinated with public health-care services.

Workshop 17 – 14h00-15h30

Pilot studies as enabler for the market introduction of AAL solutions 

Speakers: Markus Garschall, Nesrin Ates, Kurt Majcen, Johannes Oberzaucher, Felix Piazolo.

Over the last years, a number of European research projects investigated the impact of assistive technology in pilot studies involving a high number of users. Overarching goals are to evaluate the impact of AAL in daily use and to develop go-to-market strategies. This session brings together representatives from European pilot regions (e.g. from Austria, Belgium and Italy) as well as interested participants from the AAL community. The focus will be put on exchanging experiences on the specific challenges related to planning, conducting and analysing large pilot studies in order to define better pilots and to demonstrate the impact of AAL on individual, societal and institutional level.

More information: https://aalforum2017.tech-experience.at

Workshop 18 – 14h00-15h30

Better education and understanding supporting increasing adoption of AAL Solutions in practice

Speakers: Maggie Ellis, Christiane Brockes,Padmanabhan Raguraman, Piedade Santareno Forte.

EKTG addressed these topics at the AAL Forum in Switzerland and elsewhere. Since then we have had closer collaboration with colleagues and now we want to extend those early initiatives to a wider Forum in Portugal. EKTG have reviewed the effects of financial stringency on the statutory bodies in Europe and beyond, the need for wider understanding of assistive living technologies, needs, and applications of practical cost effective services. This session will summarise cost effective Active Assisted Living, Digital Services, and Technology systems, their application, and identify specific education formats using AAL Forum participants. The main effort of this session will be spent matching opportunities offered by AAL Forum Solutions, the EU Blueprint and topics raised in earlier AAL events. We will also provide opportunities for education and training for these groups and how these can be launched speedily.

Workshop 19 – 14h00-15h30

Voice to the users – is AAL already in your lives?

Speakers: Ana Jegundo, Evangelia Chrysikou, Liz Mestheneos, Edmundo Martinho, Cindy Wings-Kölgen, Fernando Martins, António Antunes, Pedro Beja Afonso, Maria João Almeida, Luís Santos, João Quintas.

Are users really benefiting from technological disruption and breakthroughs? While the AAL programme provides for high impact on older-person wellbeing, too often projects and good practices don’t create roots in people’s lives. The discussion intends to analyse the different possibilities that may explain this situation: are products adjusted to end-users needs? How are their requirements integrated from the development phase? Are national funding and public/private services integrating AAL solutions in their social and health care system? The objective of this session, mainly based on a discussion, is to improve the dialogue between the key actors in this process.

Workshop 20 – 14h00-15h30

Market uptake of AAL solutions_new business models based on interoperable solutions

Speakers: Gil Gonçalves Javier Ganzarain, Cristina Machado Guimarães.

Innovative approaches, methods and solutions, including social innovations and ICT developments, are essential to support and enable people to live independently and to remain physically and mentally active as they age. Ageing people need to be empowered to stay independent, autonomous and socially engaged for longer within their homes and communities. However, a series of bottlenecks hamper the successful implementation of policies and innovative solutions to support this goal. This session will discuss innovative business models for the deployment and take-up of interoperable independent living solutions, which is the focus of the C2.5 group of the EIPonAHA Action Group C2.

Workshop 21 – 16h00-17h30

Changing Mindsets: New Approaches to AAL

Speakers: Diane Whitehouse, Malcolm Fisk, Estelle Huchet.

This workshop draws on the work of the PROGRESSIVE project (on Standards around ICT for Active and Healthy Ageing). The AAL programme may at times have been trapped in old ways of thinking by focusing on ‘delivering’ solutions to perceived problems experienced by older people. Active and Healthy Ageing is, however, about older people engaged in the economic and social lives of their communities. This session looks at changing mindsets by presenting examples of AAL initiatives, facilitating a debate that will point to the new mindsets needed, and focus on the new types of language required to reflect this. The new language will underpin strategic thinking, policy initiatives, professional perspectives and practice, and impact on the kinds of standards that support the ‘shape’ and marketing of products and services. Standards are focal to the work of the PROGRESSIVE project. Examples of new directions in standards will be drawn from initiatives (within and outside the AAL programme) concerned with health data; telehealth and telecare services; robots; housing schemes; engagement and involvement of older people; and the ethics around care and empowerment.

Workshop 22 – 16h00-17h30

Creating need-based AAL bundles

Speakers: Manfred Kofler, Ursula Bangratz, Maximilian Bernard.

This workshop focuses on the needs of the elderly and how to bundle the right technologies to meet those needs. To match the right products the tAALxonomy is presented, and additionally an example bundle from the AAL JP project gAALaxy and the pilot region West-AAL. Resulting from the theoretical input, participants will define bundles in groups. The basis for the bundles is different personas, provided by us. As a outcome, the workshop will discuss the benefits based on the interoperability of the ICT-based solutions with the positive spill-over effects becoming much clearer. 

Workshop 23 – 16h00-17h30

Adoption by joining forces, a clear vision, and eye for detail

Speakers: Ilse Bierhoff, Peter Brils, Ingrid Adriaensen, Artur Serrano, Sofía Moreno Pérez, Ann Williams.

A key challenge for the silver economy and the adoption of AAL solutions is how to link the demand side with its major challenges and problems associated with an ageing population, and the supply side with its many innovative ideas and solutions. This workshop links the experiences gained in the long-term user trial in people’s homes from VictoryaHome with the concept of accelerators used in the SEAS2Grow project and the role that public authorities can play as launching customer from the STOPandGO project. The focus of the workshop is on the details that make a certain initiative a success or a failure.

Workshop 24 – 16h00-17h30

Creating the perfect AAL user journey: a design perspective on developing products people love to use.

Speakers: Martjin Vastenburg, Priscilla Esser, Jan Keijzer.

Creating the perfect AAL user journey: a design perspective on developing products people love to use Participatory design techniques are used to ensure that AAL products properly address a real user need. Participatory design is, however, no guarantee to success. Whereas target users often value AAL innovations, adoption and active use tend to be a challenge. The workshop aims to change perspectives: what can we learn from service design methodologies in creating successful AAL innovations? And in particular: how can we create the perfect AAL user journey? The workshop starts with a general introduction of service design methodology and user journeys. Participants work in project groups on designing the perfect user journey for their AAL projects.