A delegation of the Dutch MMI plaform visited the HvA Amsterdam University of Applied Science. We had an workshop on MMI aspects of aircrafts and airports and students of Medialab and Digital Life Centre demonstrated their projects.
The try out of the Maker Festival Amsterdam took place Fri/Sat 6 and 7 sept. Also the opening of iFabrica, where entrepreneurs, students, hobbyists can use the infrastructure to create and make things.
Today the 34 students from the minor program ‘Intelligent Environments’ displayed their work at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. The half-year educational program focuses on technology for ambient intelligence, interaction design and research methods. Furthermore students carry out an applied research project for a company. This year we had 11 companies, among which VANturelabs (face recognition software for interactive displays), Info.nl (digital experiences connected to objects), AMSTA (an interactive video wall for people with dementia in a nursing home), and many more. See for a full list digitallifecentre.nl
Mock up of Dam square for a user study of a design by UNStudio
Wouter Meys as coordinator presenting the events
Just before the consortium meeting of the EU FP7-ICT project ‘ACCOMPANY’ the Care-o-Bot robot was delivered to Hogeschool Zuyd. There a new set of user studied will be carried out and the cameras and sensors will be tested in an Ambient Assisted Living setting.
Project coordinator Farshid Amirabdollahian and the Care-o-Bot in HZ premises
Monday March 11 we met for the kick-off of the Care 4 Balance project. In this AAL project, coordinated by iMinds Belgium we cooperate within a European consortium on a system that supports informal carers to give assistance to elderly, and to cooperate with formal carers in this. We will design an innovative and reciprocal service design based on dashboard systems representing the status & context of the actors involved.
kick-off Care 4 Balance at HvA in Amsterdam
More than 30 participants participated in this behaviour analysis experiment
Hayley Hung and Gwenn Englebienne from my group at UvA together with researchers from the group of Maarten van Steen at the VU organised a collaborative experiment to record people interacting with each other when taking part in a game event, using audio, video, position, and motion sensors.
For more than six month we collected data from wireless sensor networks in assisted living apartments ‘de Flank’ in Naarderheem. Together with the elderly users and all researchers we had a dinner at which we explained the first results and new plans.
Students occupational therapy explain their research