Smart Home and Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)

Research for a safe and comfortable life and living

By „Smart Home“ and „Ambient Assisted Living“ we refer to research activities dealing with the development of technologies and their integration into private living areas – for more safety and comfort in everyday life.

Our research focuses

For the successful development and evaluation of solution approaches the FZI is, among other things, engaged in researching methods and tools to integrate distributed sensors, innovative sensors, signal processing, heterogeneous communication networks, mobile information services, middleware technologies and adaptive user interfaces into innovative IT applications. Moreover, suitable methods, technology platforms and networks are used to support the control of these extremely interdisciplinary structures (e.g. housing consultants, care providers, architects, electricians, engineers etc.). To this end, the living lab approach at the FZI has been proven to be highly qualified.

In this environment, technologies and systems are applied to provide additional functions through data networking and remote controlling. With the development and standardised integration of device interfaces in superior middleware solutions, these systems and technologies can be used in different application domains, for example in building management systems. Besides, they are supposed to provide more comfort, independence, profitability, flexibility, and safety in different phases of life. Thus, elderly people are also to be enabled to lead a self-dependent life in their own four walls. In everyday life, the person being cared for and his or her helpers, such as relatives and caregivers, are supposed to be supported by ICT-based assistance systems to the maximum extent possible. Therefore, thematic fields like home automation and telemonitoring play a central part. When cross-linked, these applications are able to complement and support a range of services such as nursing and security services, delivery services, and energy management solutions.

Contact person

Christoph Zimmermann




Christoph Zimmermann studierte Elektro- und Informationstechnik am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). Der Schwerpunkt des Studiums lag hierbei in der biomedizinischen Technik. Seine Diplomarbeit mit dem Titel "Entwicklung und Evaluation von Algorithmen für die Online- und Offline-Analyse von EDA-Signalen" fertigte Christoph Zimmermann bei der movisens GmbH an. Seit Juli 2013 war Christoph Zimmermann als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Forschungsbereich "Embedded Systems and Sensor Engineering" (ESS) tätig und arbeitete unter anderem im interdisziplinären Umfeld an innovativer ambienter Sensorik zur Prozessunterstützung in der Pflege.

Seit Juli 2017 ist Christoph Zimmermann als Abteilungsleiter und als Leiter des FZI KNX-Testlabors tätig. Aktuelle Forschungsschwerpunkte seiner Arbeit befinden sich im Smart Home und der Mensch-Technik-Interaktion, der Prozessunterstützung im Gesundheitswesen durch Digitalisierung, sowie vernetzte ambiente oder am Körper getragene Sensorik (Wearable Devices/IoT).


Aktuelle Projekte

Abgeschlossene Projekte


zu den Publikationen


Telefon: +49 721 9654-764