Project Details


Health and Welfare Technologies are focus areas for research and innovation. The reason is a global trend for ageing societies, resulting in more people in need of services while at the same time a shortage of healthcare professionals is predicted. The technological solutions that are suggested (e.g. social robots, monitoring equipment, etc) are usually developed focusing on the technological possibilities. Studies show that there is a lack of evidence that these technologies are actually effective because they are often developed without input from users and stakeholders. We suggest a different approach that starts from the actual practices that users, staff, and stakeholders are involved in. This facilitates identifying where technology could make a difference with the main focus on increasing quality of life.
We are an interdisciplinary team that brings together engineers, designers, social scientists, health care personnel, management, residents and their relatives in research and development projects with long-term perspectives.

Central feature of our approach is the focus on the classical participatory design goal of mutual learning between all participants (researchers, residents, staff, management, relatives) and during all phases of the development. Thus, we rely on the expertise, knowledge, and active participation of staff and residents, as they are the experts in their daily work and living practices and know best, where and how technology could make a difference. On the other hand, we are the experts in interaction analysis, design, and engineering and will provide the tools to let these ideas come to life.

Our aim is to build technology together with the involved users and stakeholders (and not only for them), thus taking the goal of mutual learning seriously and empowering our users to become an active part in shaping their future well-being in the health care sector.
Effective start/end date01/09/2016 → …


  • social practice
  • health technology
  • social robots
  • participatory design
  • interaction design


  • 3 Conference organisation or participation
  • 2 Organisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars
  • 2 Conference presentations

Doing Scheduling? The Construction of Agency and Memory while Programming a Reminder Robot with a Person with Severe Brain Injury

Antonia Lina Krummheuer (Lecturer), , Matthias Rehm (Lecturer), & Kasper Rodil (Lecturer)

9 Sep 2019 → …

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

Atypical Interaction Conference Panel: Participating with limited communication means

Antonia Lina Krummheuer (Organizer)

4 Jul 2016

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars

8th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR)

Matthias Rehm (Participant)


Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation


BYOR: Build your own robot

Rehm, M., Krummheuer, A. L. & Rodil, K.


Project: Research

Research Output

  • 6 Article in proceeding
  • 5 Journal article
  • 1 Conference abstract in proceeding

Doing Scheduling? The Construction of Agency and Memory while Programming a Reminder Robot with a Person with Severe Brain Injury

Krummheuer, A. L., Rehm, M. & Rodil, K., Sep 2019, Mensch und Computer 2019 - Workshopband. Bonn: Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI), p. 353-354 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingConference abstract in proceedingResearchpeer-review

Open Access
  • People-Centered Development of a Smart Learning Ecosystem of Adaptive Robots

    Fischer, D. K. B., Kristiansen, J., Mariager, C. S., Frendrup, J. & Rehm, M., 2019, The Interplay of Data, Technology, Place and People for Smart Learning: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development. Knoche, H., Popescu, E. & Cartelli, A. (eds.). Springer, p. 85-98 14 p. (Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, Vol. 95).

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingArticle in proceedingResearchpeer-review

  • The chance for sociability - An institutional corridor as a place for learning for adolescents with brain injury

    Krummheuer, A. L., Rehm, M., Lund, M. K. L. & Nielsen, K. N., 2019, In : Interaction Design and Architecture(s). 39, p. 78-95 4.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 40 Downloads (Pure)

    Press / Media

    Forskere og hjerneskadede bygger robotter

    Matthias Rehm, Antonia Lina Krummheuer & Kasper Rodil


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media