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Interaction design, wireless sensor and platform, living lab, field test

Our organisation type is:: University

We are active in the following Technologies: User perspective, Social Science/Elderly, Design, Field trials / living lab, Hardware, sensors, actuators, Interfaces, software (front end), Accessibility, Communication / Dissemination / Marketing, Knowledge transfer, Project management

Applications: Health & wellness, Home care, Knowledge Transfer, Mobility, Social interaction

AAL Call 6

We are looking for the following organisations: University, SME, large enterprise, end user organisation for the AAL call 6


Summary of our expertise

Our main expertise  related to AAL program include:

 -Interaction design

 -Design driven innovation through creativity and empirical research

 -Usability and field testing, including experience sampling


 -User interface design

 -Wireless hardware and sensing platforms

 -Database structures for large volume of sensing data and visualisation


Project ideas/application areas of interest include (AAL call 6)

 1. Creating a social connectedness and networks of older adults at work

2. Use of personal informatics and wearable device to support self-reflection and monitoring of parameters relating to well-being including emotion and physiological measures

3. Web-based service to help/match capabilities of elderly people to find jobs and provide voluntary services

4. Sensory rich tangible and virtual interfaces to stimulate social interaction in the workplace

5. Use of experience sampling method to create motivation and support self-reflection as well as community building for older adults


Some past projects on AAL and related domains

Past AAL related research activities were conducted under the chair of Prof. Keyson who is also the program leader of the domain ‘smart product and environment’.

1. Independent at Home (e.g. snowglobe, familyconnector), Project started: 2008
   Independent@Home Supporting the elderly at home using aware systems.

For human and financial reasons it is important that elderly can live independently in their homes as long as possible. An important condition is to provide them with encouragement and support to stay active in a physical and social sense. The project focuses on developing a service platform and a user-friendly interaction style that gives access to various applications. The home is equipped with sensors that provide data about the activities of its inhabitant. The system then suggests services that are relevant to these activities. One UI metaphor used is a “calendar” into which messages can be inserted by informal caregivers. The calendar also allows the reconstruction of common activity patterns of the elderly, so that services can be optimized.  Prototypes of  the platform, its user interface and possible services are evaluated in longitudinal field tests in the homes of older volunteers.

2. PA-coach – ICT for self-management and coaching of physical activity of persons with chronic diseases (e.g. Flowie),  Project started: 2009

3. SENIOR (Sensing Systems for Interactive Home-based Healthcare and Rehabilitation) project: 2009-2012. SENIOR is an iniatiative within the program of economical innovation Pieken in de Delta Oost-Nederland. 

This project helped to build interactive home-based systems based on miniaturized wireless sensors for monitoring and supporting the wellbeing and health of people, particularly elderly, in their everyday life.  The project brings together high-tech companies, research institutes and healthcare centers from The Netherlands. In the project Ambient develops the wireless backbone, and will allow the tracking of persons and object in the indoor environment.

Some selected publications related to past AAL projects

Past AAL related research activities were conducted under the chair of Prof. Keyson who is also the program leader of the domain ‘smart product and environment’.

Keyson, D. V. and M. Bruns Alonso (2009). Empirical research through design. Proceedings of the 3rd IASDR Conference on Design Research, 18-22 October 2009, Seoul, Korea, (pp. 4548-4557)

Vastenburg, M. and N. Herrera (2010). Adaptive Experience Sampling: Addressing the Dynamic Nature of In-Situ User Studies. Ambient Intelligence and Future Trends-International Symposium on Ambient Intelligence (ISAmI 2010), Springer, pp.197-200.

Thomas Visser, Martijn H. Vastenburg, David V. Keyson (2011) Designing to Support Social Connectedness: The Case of SnowGlobe. International Journal of Design 5(3), 129-142

Bas Stroomer, Martijn H. Vastenburg, David V. Keyson. (2011) .CommunityNet: Mediating Care at the Local Community Level. European Conference on Ambient Intelligence, Amsterdam, 2011. In: D. Keyson and B. Kröse (Eds.): AmI 2011, LNCS 7040. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg: 275-284.

Inaki Merino Albaina, Thomas Visser, Charles A.P.G. van der Mast, Martijn H. Vastenburg (2009) Flowie: A Persuasive Virtual Coach to Motivate Elderly Individuals to Walk. Third International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth). London, UK, April 1-3, 2009

Jimenez Garcia, J.C. and Romero, N. and Keyson, D.(2011). Capturing patients’ daily life experiences after Total Hip Replacement.In: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth) and Workshops, 23-26 May 2011, Dublin, Ireland. pp. 226-229. IEEE. ISBN 978-1-61284-767-2

Al Mahmud, A. and J. B. Martens (2013). Amail: Design and Evaluation of an Accessible Email Tool for Persons with Aphasia. Interacting with Computers. doi: 10.1093/iwc/iws025

Al Mahmud, A., Y. Limpens, and Martens, J.B. (2012). Expressing Through Digital Photographs: An assistive Tool for Persons with Aphasia. Universal Access in the Information Society, December 2012, DOI 10.1007/s10209-012-0286-8

Contact details


Dr. Abdullah Al Mahmud PDEng
Phone: 0031651972032


Delft University of Technology
Landbergstraat 15, 2628 CE Delft

The Netherlands