Assistive Technologies and Medical Engineering

Infrastructure

The professorship for Assistive Systems and Medical Technologies has the following laboratories and Living Labs, which enable a practical development and evaluation of new systems and approaches.

Care Laboratory

The Care Laboratory of the University Oldenburg contains several measurement systems to analyze and support the elderly care, especially when ambulant. Sensor based measurement and analysis systems, smart home solutions (intelligent lighting, activity tracking, SensFloor) and voice or gesture controlled devices are installed. They shall observe the movements of the nurses with 3D sensors and analyze them to support them as well as the people of care. Testing of service and care robots in home environment is a component of the Care Laboratory like the training of nurses to prepare them for new technologies.

Living Lab of medical processes

In the Living Lab CSE MPM, motion capturing sensors are used. Besides the optical, marker less Kinect system, which collects the image and room structure information with a depth camera, inertial sensors of the SIRKA project are used. With these sensors, the number of persons, their posture, their movement and their gestures can be captured in realtime.

Laboratory for mobility assessments

The laboratory for mobility assessment was established in 2015 as part of the AEQUIPA project. It includes several established measurement methods (for example a ground force measuring plate, an aTUG, various running test distances, a device for Bio-Impedance Analyses and inertial sensors) to determine the functional capabilities and enables the realization of mobility assessments as currently used with around 250 seniors in the study VERSA which is part of the AEQUIPA project.

External Infrastructure

IDEAAL Living Lab

 

The IDEAAL Living Lab was established by our partner institute OFFIS as an integral part of the OFFIS research strategy and in the scope of a number of local, national and international research projects, OFFIS was able to establish the IDEAAL apartment as a crystallization point for the analysis of the demographic change and as a starting point for further activities.

The IDEAAL apartment is now closing the gap between the development of technology under lab conditions and the real use in existing apartments and, therefore, offers an exquisite environment for user studies. The prototypes allow intensive testing and create a close collaboration with seniors, physicians, and care givers on the one hand and developers and technicians on the other. Problems during real operation which could not be detected during development can be identified early.

Further information and access to virtual flat viewing are available at www.ideaal.de www.ideaal.de