We bring together players from practice, research, development and production to jointly develop routine and helpful products for senior citizens with the aim of maximising self-determination.
When it comes to developing innovations for senior citizens, companies and research institutions around the world are facing similar challenges. These are characterised by the increase in the proportion of older people in the overall population and the shortage of carers. In co-operation with our international coordinator, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH from Graz, we have designed a cross-border network with SeniorPRO.
The innovations are aimed at assisted living facilities, doctors, senior citizens and their relatives as well as mobility service providers.
"Especially in old age, people want maximum self-determination and participation."
Dominika Matuschak - Network Manager
The SeniorPRO innovation network is a co-operation between various companies and research institutions with the common goal of developing innovations for independent living in old age. Our main focus is on promoting health and quality of life.
Our shared vision forms the foundation for our research projects and innovations.
We pursue a holistic approach that takes into account both the senior-friendly property and needs-based care services. We rely on intensive cooperation between competent partners from science and business with operators, associations and facilities that are active in the assisted living sector.
Clear lines of development and research requirements are our basis.
Our development lines at a glance:
- Architecture for an age-appropriate living environment
- Data Fabric - AI-supported assistance systems in the home environment
- Wearables - body-bound sensor technology for more safety in everyday life
- Mobility - maintaining independence in everyday life and travelling safely
Expertise & network
SeniorPRO offers knowledge transfer and valuable contacts for development-driven research.
The SeniorPRO innovation network has many advantages for the development of new technologies:
- Interdisciplinary exchange
- diverse areas of expertise of the network members
- Expertise & experience with approval procedures
- Many years of research experience
- Valuable, strategic network of contacts
Our research projects
The development and evaluation of the SDK (Software Development Kit) NeuroReality is addressed. The target group is developers of VR applications who want to generate personalised VR content. A semi-supervised learning system that can be used for the neurofeedback-based generation of VR content is aimed at as a solution. The initial application scenario is psychotherapy. The activation of bedridden patients or biography work in care are also conceivable.
- Addressed is the elaboration & evaluation SDK
- Target group: Developers of VR applications
- Solution: semi-supervised learning system for the use of neurofeedback-based generation of VR content
- Initial application scenario: Psychotherapies
- If necessary: activation of bedridden patients / biography work in nursing care
The project idea consists of the functionalisation of multi-sensor cuffs through textile multimodal sensor integration. The aim is to use the detected values to assess the individual risk of thrombosis while travelling and to send out appropriate information if the risk of thrombosis increases. The solution consists of a combination of photoplethysmographic (PPG) sensors for extracting the peripheral pulse wave in different wavelengths, an inertial measuring unit for evaluating leg movements and a bioimpedance measurement for determining the fluid content in the lower periphery.
- Idea: Functionalisation of multi-sensor cuffs through textile multimodal sensor integration
- Aim: to assess the risk of thrombosis when travelling using the values determined & provide information in the event of an increased risk
- Solution: Combination of PPG sensors for the extraction of peripheral pulse waves in different wavelengths, an inertial measuring unit for the evaluation of leg movements and a bioimpedance measurement to determine the fluid content in the lower periphery.
The aim is to develop a radar-based system for recording and analysing movement behaviour. Through data fusion and intelligent data evaluation of detected behaviour patterns, the movement-determined state of health of a person is to be characterised. In addition to the evaluation of the actual situation with the possibility of triggering alarm routines, a trend analysis is used in particular for this purpose. Among other things, this leads to new possibilities in the assessment of gait instability and the early detection of the progression of dementia.
- Objective: Development of a radar-based system for recording and analysing movement behaviour
- Characterisation of a person's state of mind determined by movement
- Evaluation of current situation & trend analysis
- Sense: new ways of assessing gait instability & early detection of the progression of dementia
The project idea is based on using an object from everyday routine that can be used as a bidirectional communication platform to provide the user with support and also to recognise detectable changes over time that may indicate pathologically relevant situations, in particular incipient or worsening dementia. The core of the project is the functionalisation of a mirror using optical and acoustic sensors.
- Basis of the idea: using objects from everyday routines as a bidirectional communication platform
- Objective: Support for the user & indications of pathologically relevant situations (e.g. dementia)
- Core of the project: Functionalisation of a mirror using optical and acoustic sensors
A mobile device is being developed for monitoring chronic wounds at the point of care. Mobile diagnostics enable the early initiation of specific measures to improve the chances of healing and accelerate the healing process. Technologically, the device is based on the detection of pathological pathogens using electrochemical DNA amplification. The information can be passed on to the attending physician together with the image recording for telemedical evaluation.
- Mobile device for monitoring chronic wounds at the point of care
- Goal: Improving the chances of recovery or accelerating the healing process
- Technology: based on the detection of pathological pathogens using electrochemical DNA amplification
- Information can be passed on to the attending physician for telemedical evaluation, including image recording
Making a difference together
Strong network partners
Dr. Thomas Rüsch
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