AAL ecosystems for the life-course: Inclusive, innovative and reflective
Almost all countries are challenged by the aging demographics, as well as by issues that arise during the changes that often come later in life. Digital ecosystems are being developed to ease or remove the burdens of things such as changing homes, living with a new health condition, adapting to a new living environment, transitioning from working to retirement and so on. These digital systems, also called Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) systems, are very diverse, and include technologies such as smart homes, robotic systems, tele-health, tele-care monitoring, self-care technologies and community built services and environments. The AAL ecosystems for the life-course include both the technologies and all the decision makers and people affected from the technologies. The new and emerging systems are pushing boundaries to answer the needs of an aging population in their wish to stay connected, social, independent, as well as to age with more dignity and enjoyment.
However, there are many challenges involved in developing these types of systems. Developing and deploying innovative multi-stakeholder systems for an emerging, not yet fully explored, social change is a major challenge. Growing older, being old and belonging to a demographic group can all mean different things at different times. Older people’s abilities, their life experience, the cultural and social infrastructures that surround them are all diverse. Furthermore, older people may face some sort of physical, sensory or cognitive limitations associated with the biological ageing process. The market for AAL systems and technologies is not yet well enough established to deal with all of these complexities.
This Special Thematic Session (STS) is following up with our previous calls (AAL Forum 2018, ICCHP 2018) and aims to create a forum to discuss the major issues related to Ambient Assisted Living and related technologies for this phase of life. Our aim is to define the changing role of the technologies within the changing context of ageing.
Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:
- AAL for specific contexts
- Public services (neighborhood centers, libraries...)
- Work environments
- Hospitals, care homes, therapy centers
- Mobility services, including the automotive sector
- Social environments (restaurants, event spaces...)
Challenges in designing AAL systems as everyday ecosystems
- New and emerging digital artifacts, environments and technologies
- Co-design methods, participation techniques
- Impact assessment and business models to finance
- Evaluation with older participants
AAL for different geographies
- Rural, urban and other diversities
- Low cost AAL: rethinking AAL business models for low income geographies
- Ageing in other cultures, how older migrants differ
Emerging social concerns with AAL
- Getting it right: ethics, legal aspects, security and privacy
- Long-term benefits and ownership
- Broader societal impact
Jean Hallewell Haslwanter, TU Vienna, University for Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Paul Panek, Technical University Vienna
- Özge Subasi, Technical University Vienna
Contributions to a STS have to be submitted using the standard submission procedures of ICCHP.
When submitting your contribution please make sure to select the right STS under "Special Thematic Session". Contributions to a STS are evaluated by the Programme Committee of ICCHP and by the chair(s) of the STS. Please get in contact with the STS chairs for discussing your involvement and pre-evaluation of your contribution. Submission Deadline for Contributions to STSs: April 15, 2020