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

Department Manager



Christoph Zimmermann studied Electrical and Information Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Priorities during his studies were in the field of biomedical engineering. His diploma thesis entitled "Development and Evaluation of algorithms for online- and offline-analysis of EDA-signals" was written at movisens GmbH in Germany.

In July 2013 has work started as a Research Scientist at FZI in the Embedded Systems and Sensor Engineering (ESS) department.

Since Juliy 2017 Christoph Zimmermann is working as a departement manager in ESS.

Research interests

  • Human-Technology-Interaction
  • Ambient sensors
  • (Bio-)signal processing
  • Wearable Devices / IoT


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