Project: Adaptive Ambient Empowerment for the Elderly

Acronym A²E² (Reference Number: aal-2008-1-071)
Duration 01/05/2009 - 01/05/2012
Project Topic AAL technology suffers from a discrepancy between technological sophistication and user appreciation. To bridge this gap A²E² proposes an innovative and adaptive solution for the prevention and management of chronic diseases. This solution is intended to achieve a higher quality of life and well-being through an increase in physical activity in the elderly. The A²E² solution utilizes off-the-shelf technology and builds on existing dynamic infrastructures with the ability for seamless integration of new developed components and sensor devices, which reduces the cost for future integration. At the same time psychological models of motivational empowerment provide the theoretical basis for ICT development. Specifically, A²E² suggests ICT that integrates input from bio-signal and ambient sensors, but tailors its output according to the individual user and acts upon individual preferences and needs. A²E² is prompting and guiding through life style and behavior changes in the elderly who are either at risk of developing or are already suffering from diabetes type II and/or cardio-vascular diseases. Consequently, A²E² is suitable for prevention and management of such conditions in stabilizing or even reversing them. As A²E² follows an individually tailored approach members of the target group will already be involved in the design processes. A²E² will later be applied to the inhabitants of a large-scale and ethnically diverse urban home environment with 100 participating housing units for the elderly to validate the impact on physical and mental health, and quality of life. To support acceptance of A²E² technology intelligent and intuitive user interfaces will be integrated that hide the complexity of the application from the user and that make A²E² useable as a whole. An advisory board established by the German Health System is closely associated with A²E² to assure coverage of the entire supply chain of health-related assistance.
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Amsta Netherlands
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. Germany
Hospital IT AS Norway
Mawell Ltd Finland
Technical Research Centre of Finland Finland
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Center for Advanced Media Research Amsterdam (CAMeRA) Netherlands