Intelligent Support in Nursing and Everyday Life: The FZI Presents Cross-Technological Research at the AAL Congress

The FZI is represented at the Aktionshalle (Events Hall), booth C10 with thirteen research projects at the AAL congress in Karlsruhe / Lecture and poster presentations on both congress days / Projects amongst others about geriatrics, recognition of vital parameters and nursing management

Photo credits: FZI Research Center for Information Technology

Karlsruhe, 19.09.2018 – The everyday life of hospital staff, nurses and nursing relatives is difficult. Besides a high physical strain, the work often also involves a logistical component that requires both time and resources. At the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, researchers work on assistant solutions supporting the everyday life for the home environment, nursing facilities and hospitals. Research is not only aimed at nursing, the researchers are also working on solutions that make everyday life easier for patients and affected persons. With thirteen projects in their luggage, the FZI provides insights into this work in the field of active assisted living at the Karlsruhe AAL Congress on 11 and 12 October.

Dementia as a challenge of demographic change

In order to create a higher quality of life for patients as well as for their relatives and caregivers, the FZI did conduct research in the project “Pflegecoaching für die optimale Unterstützung von Menschen mit Demenz (PflegeCoDe)” (care coaching for the optimal support of people suffering from dementia) on digital support opportunities for the handling with dementia. Together with the project partners, a system was developed that enables an early detection of dementia. In addition to that, the further course of dementia is constantly being observed, which gives persons affected as well as relatives more security. After all, in the framework of the project work, an integrated aid platform was developed that provides useful nursing and care tips.

Mobility aid for persons with severe visual impairment: The FZI presents the winning project of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s Competition “Light Cares”

With the competition "Light Cares", the Federal Ministry of Education and Research called for developing solutions, which make everyday life easier for people with severe visual impairment or blindness. Ten projects were chosen as winners and the FZI project “LiDARSee” was one of them. The development of a mobility aid prototype, which is based on lidar sensors for people with severe visual impairment or blindness, was in the focus of the project. The results of the project and perspectives for the further development can be seen at the FZI booth.

Remain self-sufficient as long as possible: During two poster sessions, researchers of the FZI present research projects for geriatrics patients

  • 11 October, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.:

FZI researcher Madlen Witt presents the project „SINDQ“. In this project, six project partners are working on the development of a client portal for Mannheim Neckarstadt-West to enable geriatric patients residing there to live a self-determined life in their familiar environment. The project focuses on filing information and service gaps as well as on the integration of information technologies, sensors and home automation.

  • 12. October, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.:

Jennifer Zeilfelder, a research scientist at the FZI head office in Karlsruhe, presents the joint project “KommmiT”. The project aims to strengthen the social and digital participation of elderly persons in social life and focuses on the development of municipal and regional support and supply structures in the Stuttgart area. A further aspect is the development of a target group oriented tablet app that gives geriatric patients easy access to supply structures developed in advance.

In addition to that, Thomas Födisch from the BruderhausDiakonie presents the joint project “Assistent” in a lecture on 11 October from 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. In the framework of “Assistent", both partners develop intelligent solutions together for care documentation that support the easy exchange between relatives and professional caregivers concerning the care situation of elderly persons and persons in need of assistance.

The economic congress AAL is addressed to scientists, researchers and developers of the field of active assisted living, to the professional audience of the fields of gerontology, care, telecommunication, information technology and robotics, and also to representatives of health, labour, social and economic policy. In 2018, the FZI is represented at the AAL congress for the first time and shows research on vital parameters, cooperative assistant systems and disease monitoring apart from the above mentioned projects at the Karlsruhe trade fair, Events Hall on booth C10.

Further information on research of the FZI in the field of health care can be found at: www.fzi.de/gesundheit.

About the FZI Research Center for Information Technology

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young researchers for their career in academics or business as well as self-employment. Led by professors from different faculties, research teams at the FZI interdisciplinarily develop and prototype concepts, software, hardware and system solutions for their clients. The FZI House of Living Labs provides a unique research environment for applied research. Every department at the FZI operates under a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015. The head office is in Karlsruhe.

The FZI has a branch office in Berlin.

Further Information

Julia Feilen, Corporate Communications and Media
FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
Haid-und-Neu-Str. 10-14, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 721 9654-943
Email: feilen@fzi.de
Web: www.fzi.de/en