Best-practice examples for the interdisciplinary cooperation between technology sciences and care in research and academic learning

Although research into technical assistance systems which enable independent living for the elderly, so-called "Ambient Assisted Living", has developed dramatically in the last few years, today there is often still a huge gap between technical and non-technical perspectives both in research and in practice. In the area of transfer of new technological solutions for broad applications, there is also still a great deal to be done.

How should technical assistance systems be developed so that they are attractive for the elderly and for those who need care? One of the answers lies in effective cooperation between the "two different worlds" of technology and care and in the consistant involvement of the users in the so-called participative development processes. Both professors will investigate at the European level, factors for success, barriers to success and best practice examples, in order to produce recommendations for both scientists, e.g. in the area of information technology and healthcare management, and those actually working in this area, e.g. local authorities, advisory services, technology providers.

Project partners at Furtwangen University

Prof. Dr. Christophe Kunze
Peter K├Ânig, Visiting professor of Care and Rehabilitation Management

12 months, 2012 - 2013

The project was funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation within the framework of the Change of Point of View Initiative : "Young researchers establish a new Age".


Prof. Dr. Ing. Christophe Kunze
Professor of Assistive Technologies, Faculty of Health, Safety, Society
Director - Institute for Human and Technology Interaction (IMTT)
Contact - Centre for Applied Research Ambient Assisted Living (ZAFH AAL)
Tel: 07723 920-2583
Furtwangen Campus, Room O 0.04