Chair: (2015 – 2018)
Prof. Vivian Vimarlund
Professor, Linköping University, Sweden

Vice-chair: (2015-2018)
Prof. Dr. Tobias Mettler
Department: Institute of Information Management
Institution: University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Goals and Objectives
The aim of this working group is the study and promotion of research and development in the area of smart homes and ambient assisted living applications. A “smart home” is a residential setting equipped with a set of advanced electronics, sensors and automated devices specifically designed for care delivery, remote monitoring, early detection of problems or emergency cases and promotion of residential safety and quality of life. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are utilized to allow individuals to live independently in their preferred environment. Thus, systems are patient-centered rather than institution-centered as they are designed to address the needs of individuals, their families and caregivers rather than these of health care facilities. Furthermore, such technologies can allow for the detection of emergencies and provide the means to increase social interaction and minimize isolation for residents (by increasing access to information, entertainment resources and communication with peers).

Activity Report (August 2013)  (download PDF file)