Consortium

offis

OFFIS Institute for Information Technology, associated to the University of Oldenburg and funded in 1991, is researching and developing new forms of computerized data processing for hard- and software systems in order to implement the results to applied services. For quite some years now, OFFIS has dealt with the topics of AAL, Care and Health Care research which cover technological integration of all involved institutions as well as the patient´s home environment. Being one of the largest HCI-groups in Germany, OFFIS is developing new interaction models for increasing accessibility, usability and user experience in local, national and international research projects by analyzing demands and contexts of utilization along the Human-Centered-Design process with new methods. Furthermore, prototypes are designed and then evaluated with formal and informal methods by involving all actors. OFFIS co-ordinates a series of joint research projects with reference to HCI, e.g. EU AAL JP project “NavMem”, “GAL” as well as “D3COS”. In addition, OFFIS acts as an advisor in many industrial co-operations in an advisory capacity to the subject Usability and user Experience. Additionally to the expert's assessment in the range of HCI, OFFIS also owns Know-How in the field of activity recognition and localization of persons in their home environment. Promising attempts have been developed within the project “GAL” (in particular in AP3), the BMBF-funded project “Page” as well as within the EU- project “Florence”. With its excellent contacts with organizations and networks, OFFIS is able to transfer results to the public.

contact person: Dr. Wilko Heuten (heuten@offis.de)

ipac

„ipac“- Institute of Palliative Care was founded in February 2008, based on its member´s longtime experience within the field of applied Palliative Care, out- and in-patient care, as well as research and teaching within the field of Palliative Care. The institute´s profound expertise in constructing and managing Palliative Care Units and Networks (ipac is a member in the expert's advice to the Ministry of Social Affairs for the development of Palliative Care in Lower Saxony with a “Palliative Care Base” in Oldenburg), as well as in scientific investigations regarding symptom load and care situation of palliative patients is of benefit for implementing the guiding idea of Palliative Care into concrete action steps. The BMBF*- founded research projects PAALiativ (2009-2012) and Cicely (2012-2015) were initiated by OFFIS- Institute for Computer Science and ipac- Institute of Palliative Care, and have since paved the way for an understanding of ambient support possibilities within the highly sensitive range of Palliative Care. Furthermore, a diverse involvement on a local and national level, e.g., in the working groups “Palliative Care”, “Health Care Research” at the European Medical School Oldenburg Groningen (EMS), “AAL” at the Academy for Ethics in Medicine, the oncological network as well as a close cooperation with the University of Oldenburg, the Cologne University Hospital and the Department of Palliative Care at King's College in London, UK (f.e. within the scope of the EU- project PRISMA) is of great interest to ipac- Institute of Palliative Care.

contact person: Christine Scheve (christine.scheve@ewetel.net)

prosyst

ProSyst is a leading provider of embedded Java and OSGi software with both a wide customer and partner base. ProSyst offers OSGi-certified software for Smart Home, Smart Energy, Homecare, telematics as well as for mobile phones. The product offer is completed by a Remote Management System which can be integrated to existing Back-End-Systems. In order to allow third parties to develop novel or additional services, ProSyst offers Eclipse-based tools which facilitate the development of OSGi services. ProSyst customers and partners consist of Telecommunication providers, Service Gateway and Set-Top-Box manufacturers, SoC-manufacturers, solution providers for Home-, Homecare-, and Building- Automation, as well as manufacturers of white goods and telematics solutions. Additionally, ProSyst has taken an active part in the following standardization committees and research projects relevant for CONTACT: the industry consortia OSGi Alliance, HGI (Home Gateway Initiative), and Connected Living, as well as the research projects SerCHo (Service Centric Home), HaH (Hearing At Home, FP6), SOPRANO (Service Oriented PRogrammable smArt enviroNments for Older Europeans, FP6), OSAmI Commons (Open Source Ambient Intelligence Commons, ITEA2 TSI-020400-2009-92), universAAL (UNIVERsal open platform and reference Specification for Ambient Assisted Living, FP7 ICT-2009-4).

contact person: Venelin Arnaudov (v.arnaudov@prosyst.com)

sag

Siemens AG has been and still is involved in various international projects which deal with the support for blind and visually impaired people, Enhanced User Experience, Accessible Services as well as the barrier-free control of household appliances. In addition, the Accessibility Competence Center (ACC) advises Siemens and its customers regarding accessibility of public transportation and the design and construction of public buildings. Siemens has been involved in the recently successfully completed project HaptiMap (FP7-ICT-224675). Siemens task in this project has been user's requirement analysis as well as the evaluation with developers (target group of the tools developed in the project) and end users to verify the software developed. In the context of AAL, the following EU projects were carried out: i2Home and MonAMI. In the i2home project, an AAL-Middleware was developed based on the standards ANSI/INCITS 389ff (ISO 24752), CECED and UPnP. This middleware allows for a dynamic and user-dependent adaptation of the user's interface according to the users´ preferences and demands as well as the ambient and operating conditions. The middleware has been evaluated using various demonstrators, f.e. operating household applicances. The MonAMI has proved that barrier-free and helpful services can be made available to the older population by using common systems and platforms. In addition, an OSGi service platform was developed. In order to reach a wide range of users, the middleware developed in the i2home project was used as frontend. Based on this solution, various services (f.e.home automation) have been developed and have been distributed to the participating users by the involved telecommunications companies.

contact person:
Matthias Lindemann

Siemens AG
Corporate Technology, CT RTC SYE UID-DE
Accessibility Competence Center
Fürstenallee 11
33102 Paderborn, Germany

Tel.: +49 5251 60-6143
Fax: +49 5251 60-6139
Mobil: +49 175 1188677

Mail: matthias.lindemann@siemens.com

Jürgen Görlich

Siemens AG
Corporate Technology, CT RTC SYE UID-DE
Accessibility Competence Center
Fürstenallee 11
33102 Paderborn, Germany

Tel.: +49 5251 60-6050
Fax: +49 5251 60-6139

Mail: juergen.goerlich@siemens.com

datenschutznord

datenschutz nord GmbH is supporting the project CONTACT from a data protection and information security point of view. All data associated to implicit communication and interaction, such as personal data and - to some extent - health data, are particularly sensitive. This does not only raise questions like “who may process the data?”, but also “how will security issues be dealt with?”. In the end, embedding the patient´s self-determination into data processing will remain the top priority.
Within CONTACT, datenschutz nord GmbH is responsible for ensuring these objectives. datenschutz nord´s specialized data protection lawyers and IT-experts draft the data protection concepts and support the project partners regarding all questions relevant to data protection within the project.
The Bremen-based company is the head of datenschutz nord Gruppe with its subsidiaries datenschutz cert GmbH, datenschutz süd GmbH as well as First Privacy GmbH. For more than 12 years, the head office has focused on services in data protection and information security and is currently servicing over 200 business customers nationwide. All data protection experts are fully trained lawyers with focus on the law of data protection, telecommunication, tele-media and IT. They are supported by IT experts who are accredited by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) as well as the German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) as a certification body in relation to ISO 27001.

contact person: Sascha Todt (STodt@datenschutz-nord.de)

youse

YOUSE GmbH assists companies and research projects by designing user friendly products and services. By consistently including respective target groups, user-related knowledge can be transmitted to developers and producers of innovative solutions. In co-operations with its partners, YOUSE draws upon many years of experience within the field of innovation management, human-machine-interaction and user-experience-research, as well as extensive contacts with the target group and stakeholders.
The company was founded in Berlin in 2009 with another office in Munich, opened in 2011. YOUSE works on a huge number of research and industrial projects, e.g., in the field of AAL, robotics, nutrition and health care. The customer portfolio consists of well-known companies and organizations such as the German Institute for Standardization, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories as well as Fraunhofer. YOUSE also offers workshops on idea and knowledge transfer, field trials, requirement analyses and support with developing standards and certifications regarding user-friendliness. In 2009, YOUSE received an EXIST scholarship from the European Social Fund and was able to win the business plan competition 2010 Berlin-Brandenburg.

contact person: Oliver Böpple (oliver.boepple@youse.de)