Interactive sessions & workshops (26th September)

DAY 2 – Wednesday, September 26th

Workshop 14 – 09h00-10h30

Mastering the steeplechase: How to overcome market barriers and successfully launch AAL solutions

Maximilian Bernard, from University of Innsbruck, will coordinate this session.

This session is for everybody, who is taking the journey of bringing AAL solutions to the market. We will first discuss barriers identified in the literature as well as in the research of the University of Innsbruck. Three companies (2PCS Solutions GmbH, CogVis GmbH and CubileHealth GmbH) will present a short summary of their experience from up to two perspectives, the problems they faced and how they could overcome them. The aim of the workshop is to share experiences and develop new strategies and methods to make AAL solutions’ way to the market easier.

Additional speakers: Dr. Nesrin Ates, 2PCS Solutions GmbH; Thomas Böckelmann, FEXCOM GmbH. 

Workshop 15 – 09h00-10h30

Market for Remote Care Services

The session will be coordinated by Jofre Tenorio, from OSATEK, responsible for the Basque Telecare Service (BTS), and Eukene Barrenetxea (H-ENEA).

Stating from our experience managing the BTS and from the perspective of its evolution, we can provide relevant insights regarding the technology that has been introduced (and how) within the last decade. From here, we could understand what kind of services/ technology would be introduced next in a regulated market of remote care services. In addition, we understand that virtual assistants have a high potential as the next step on remote care services. Virtual assistants are home-based solutions capable promote healthy habits, active aging and extending autonomy of elderlies. Our goal from this workshop is, through a participative process, obtain a map of factors that have allowed the absorption of ICT technology by remote care services and to identify/ share unmet needs and opportunities for technology developed within the context of virtual assistants.

Additional speakers: Ester Sarquella, Business Development Director for Digital Health. Southern Europe at Tunstall; and Itziar de Lecuona, PhD, Law and Bioethics, Tenure-Track Lecturer University of Barcelona, Assistant manager Bioethics and Law Observatory.  

Workshop 16 – 09h00-10h30

The job market of AAL: Which candidates are we looking for?

This session will be conducted by Dr. Özge Subasi, from Vienna University of Technology, Vienna University of Technology, HCI Group Koc University, Media and Visual Arts Department.

The workshop aims to define and extend a qualifications list for the future AAL job applicants. A growing market like AAL cannot sustain without developing a roadmap on how to educate or find the experts. Invited speakers cover a broad range of the possible areas, including industry and non-university groups. It is planned to produce a white paper for educational institutions with programmes focused on themes close to AAL.

Additional speakers: Magnus Christenson, ReLOAD, Denmark; Piera Sciama, E-Seniors, Senior organization, France; Prof. Jean Hallewell, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria; Markus Garschall, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology; Claudia Müller, University of Siegen; Michael Leitner, Create GmbH, Austria; Claudia Oppenauer, Medical University of Vienna; Francisco Nunes, Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS; Nina van der Vaart, Nationaal Ouderenfonds; Peter Reichl, University of Vienna; Marén Schorch, University of Siegen; Tanja Stamm, Medical University of Vienna.

Workshop 17 – 09h00-10h30

Medical Delta Living Labs: developing solutions for e-health and care-robotics

Rian Rijnsburger, program manager Medical Delta Living Labs (Delft, The Netherlands), will coordinate this session.

Medical Delta Living Labs, offer companies and healthcare providers the opportunity to test their solutions in a physical or digital environment with actual therapists, patients and their environment (real-life testing). By organizing an interactive session and matchmaking between the Medical Delta Living Labs ‘Care Robotics’ and ‘NELL’ with European innovative companies and health care institutions, we will mainly:

  • Share our expertise and knowledge on end-user innovation within Living Labs, and show what the Living Lab approach can mean for AAL solutions for acceleration of the innovation process and rollout to the market
  • Show how Living Lab services can add significant value in the innovation process. We will present successful examples of projects related to care-robotics and e-health.

Our final goal will be to find innovative technical solutions for the needs and problems faced, both within and outside the health domain, and initiate, together with the workshop members, a plan of action for the AAL call in 2019.

Additional speakers: Caroline Duterloo, program manager Medical Delta Living Labs; Helen Silvius, post-doc researcher Medical Delta Living Lab ‘NELL’, Leiden University Medical Centre. 

Workshop 18 – 14h00-15h30

Embrace! How do you get elderly customers to embrace your IoT solution?

The session will be coordinated by Ellen Steenmeijer, CCO and the marcom and change management communication specialist of ‘Virtask’ (The Netherlands), coordinator of the AAL projects MyLive, MyWay and Living Well with Anne.

We would like to enlarge the awareness of other companies and organisations in how to get the (elderly) end users you build your IoT solution for to really embrace your solution for themselves. In answer to that question we have developed a straight forward but effective method called ‘Embrace!’. It is not about the ICT technology under development, it is about relationship management, especially listening very well to end users and their carers – both informal and professional. We will introduce the method with an example, IoT solution “Anne” avatar, sharing our lessons learned (and failures that led to that).

Additional speakers: Dr. Daniel Bolliger, Senior Researcher at iHomeLab – Lucerne University of applied Arts & Sciences, and project leader of several AAL programmes for ‘iHomelab’ in Switzerland; Dr. Marcel Heerink, Associate professor Robotics research group of ‘Windesheim Flevoland University’ for Applied Sciences; Michiel de Jong, MSc Lecturer Communication & Researcher Robotic, Business, Media and Law at Windesheim University for Applied Sciences.

Workshop 19 – 14h00-15h30

Social Robots – How to Ensure User Acceptance in the Health Market

Prof. Dr. Oliver Korn, from Offenburg University, will lead this session.

This workshop builds on the outcomes from last year’s AAL-workshop “Does the Robot Care? Perspectives on the Acceptance of Social Robots in Healthcare”. In 2017, we discussed which properties and skills (e.g. regarding movement) a social robot should have – or rather not have. This year, we will take this discussion a step further and focus on the aspect of market entry. In this workshop, we will discuss how the acceptance of social robots can be raised by adhering to both design guidelines and organizational methods. As an example, we will discuss with the participants how human-robot-cooperation should look like and where cultural and organizational hurdles limit the market entry. Experts from the industry will explain and discuss ways to improve user experience and technology acceptance (UX) in co-operative setups. An expert from academia will add the perspective of personal and cultural aspects, for example different cultural concepts of the role of “face” and “family”.

Additional speakers: Martin Gmür, User Interface Design GmbH; and Anne Jacobsen, Autodesk GmbH. 

Workshop 20 – 14h00-15h30

Co-creating IoT Ecosystems for Active and Healthy Ageing

The session will be coordinated by Paolo Ciampolini, technology design expert and NOAH project representative; and Pilar Sala, from MYSPHERA, Valencia (Spain).

The objectives of this session are twofold: first, providing participants with basic knowledge about the IoT scenario and, second, involving them in a co-creation experiment, to elicit new thoughts and points of view.

Additional Speakers: Mariana Topoliceanu, Director of Municipal Social Services, Brasov (Romania), as representative of public care systems; Itziar Álvarez, Home Care Lab S. Coop, Grupo SSI, Bilbao (Spain), representative of private care providers; Massimiliano Malavasi, AIAS-Ausilioteca Bologna (Italy), representative of end-user organizations; Sergio Guillén Barrionuevo, MYSPHERA, Valencia (Spain), innovation expert and ACTIVAGE project representative; Alicia Cano, MEDTRONIC, Madrid, (Spain), expert in ecosystem enlargement; and L. Broeckx, Thomas More University College, Turnhout (Belgium), expert in co-design and user-involvement.

Workshop 21 – 14h00-14h45

Matching AAL projects with European and international agendas for smart, sustainable and inclusive development

The session will be organized by Ophélie Durand and Estelle Huchet, AGE Platform Europe.

In this session we aim at brainstorming with the audience on how AAL and other innovation projects could better contribute to the achievement of these European and international strategies for smart, sustainable and inclusive societies. Responding to introductory presentations of recent policies which are relevant to current and future EU-funded projects in the field of ICT for active and healthy ageing, participants will be invited to extract the main outcomes of their AAL innovation projects to feed into these agendas. The focus should be on how projects can break silos to make an impact.

Additional speakers: Mrs. Sylvia Beales, Representative of Gray Panthers to the United Nations, member of the Stakeholder Group on Ageing (SGA) and Director of the inclusive social development consultancy BealesGelberConsult; and Mr. John Ketchell, European consumers representative on behalf of ANEC at the Sector Forum on Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Workshop 22 – 14h45-15h30

The need for non-technological and social innovations in the digital age: how to develop multidisciplinary communities and networks

The session will be coordinated by Jean-Christophe Vanderhaegen, Vice Chairman, European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (EAHSA); Member, Active Ageing & Design Committee of the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP).

We would like to put the organisational innovation and the multidisciplinary approach on the agenda of AAL regarding the nursing homes sector and elder care services providers, to allow technological innovation to succeed more broadly. Innovation in nursing homes is not only about developing sexy new appliances, but also, and especially, being receptive to new partnerships (intergenerational, public-private, for profit-not for profit). Innovation is building on relationships and partnerships. To be successful we need to innovate together with all stakeholders and the target group (parents, nurses, physicians, students…). This session will explore two examples: The Sustainable Development Action for the support of Ageing (ADD’AGE)) from the French Association FNAQPA and the initiative EAHSA/EDE (EAN) of the European Center for Research and Education in Ageing Services (ECREAS) on the exchange of best practices around quality in ageing services (elderly care), elderly care workforce, technology and living environments.

Additional speakers: Freek Lapré, former chairman of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA), Washington, USA; Founder of the European Centre for Research and Education in Ageing Services (ECREAS), Brussels, Belgium.

Workshop 23 – 16h00-17h30

Adoption of the AAL solutions. Why regions do choose these solutions

Mr. Nicolai Koblyakov, PDG of Senior Group (Paris), will coordinate this session.

Senior Group presents the experience (problems to be solved) of wo products of Senior Group and Cogvis, commercially available AAL-born solutions. It would focus on “how to stimulate caregivers to persuade aged personas to use a product” and “how to get the support of municipality of the city of Riga to implement a AAL-born solution in a big-city”.

Additional speakers: Mr Rainer Planinc, CEO of Cogvis, Vienna; Mr. Martins Moors- Head of Social administration of city of Riga.

Workshop 24 – 16h00-17h30

Adopting AAL programme’s solutions into real life

Giorgos Kostopoulos, Managing Director of Gluk Advice BV, will organise this session.

The speakers will bring their experience through their interaction they have with various end users from different countries. Our scope is to analyse the current situation in short in front of the audience, present the problems/pitfalls we have met during the AAL projects implementation, analyse the real life’s status in different countries for AAL solutions and try to focus on potential ideas that could close the gap between the AAL Project’s lifecycle and real life’s requirements.

Additional speakers: Luiza Spirou, President of “Ana ASLAN” International Foundation, Romania; Aliki Economidou, Project Coordinator Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute (CNTI). 

Workshop 25 – 16h00-17h30

6th Workshop on Mobility Solutions

Christoph Stahl, senior R&T associate from Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, will be leading this workshop. Since the AAL Forum 2013, Stahl has organised many workshops on indoor and outdoor mobility solutions, and is currently working on smart home technologies.

Mobility is a key ability for senior citizens to actively participate in social life. This workshop series started in the context of the 4th call of the AAL Programme that targeted solutions for advancement of older person’s mobility and remained relevant and attractive to a broad audience at the AAL Forum since the beginning in 2013. In the past five workshops, the invited speakers presented their research projects on indoor and outdoor navigation assistance, with a background in Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Geoinformatics. This year, the aim is to describe the current situation in terms of available services and identify the need for further research and development in AAL. We will give a keynote that refers how future ecosystems and business models for mobility and transportation in Smart Cities could look like. We will then identify and discuss the components of such ecosystems with the audience.

Additional speakers: Prof. Daniel Bieber, Institut für Sozialforschung und Sozialwirtschaft e.V. (iso); Mr. Luis de Matos, Chairman & CEO Followinspiration (Portugal).

Workshop 26 – 16h00-16h45

Is it possible to automatize feedback from technology, A case study from Aarhus

This session will be leaded by Ivan Kjær Lauridsen, Head of Center for Assisted Living Technology, Aarhus Municipality (Denmark). Sonja Hansen, European Project Officer of the Center, will be the coordinator.

This session presents the work already developed by Aarhus municipality working with different technologies for dementia patients. They will present the experience from Aarhus Municipality (selection, testing and data collecting methods). Aarhus Municipality have tested different technologies driven by data and highly evidence based. The focus of this session is to present the results of those tests and get new input and sharing experiences on different solutions of assisted living technology for people with outreaching dementia and troubled people.

Additional speakers: Søren Holm Pallesen, Bio Medical Engineer.

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