At the recent AAL Forum 2014 in Bucharest, the ASSAM products received prime attention and positive feedback from many participants. “It is my personal conviction that the ASSAM project, for its concept, the composition and commitment of its consortium, and the advancements so far achieved, is indeed one of the most promising and conceptually sound projects from a business point of view. The very progress evidenced at the mid-term review meeting I attended, and reflected in the project Mid-Term Review report, confirm this impression” said Jerome de Barros, AAL-JP Project Officer.
ASSAM was shortlisted among the 3 finalists for the AAL Award 2014, based on its degree of innovation, usability of its products, the potential to ease the life of end-users and their caregivers, and the market potential; it came in as a close second by one vote from the audience.
The focus of this hands-on and interactive workshop is intense discussion of indoor wayfinding assistance systems in the light of architectural particularities, signage, wayfinding situations, and tasks. A major goal of our workshop is the collection of a joint public corpus of buildings and spatial layouts that are difficult to navigate, use cases for real-world wayfinding problems, and sketched solutions.
The workshop calls for contributions in the form of reports on buildings/indoor spaces that are difficult to navigate due to architectural complexity, unsufficient signage, or any other particularities. The report should contain photos and a short description about possible problems for wayfinding. During the workshop we will discuss the contributions with respect to technical or non-technical solutions of the contributed situations. In addition we will make an excursion to an infamous building on campus (GW2/Geisteswissenschaften 2) to gain in-situ experience and to discuss the identified problematic situations and potential solutions.
This workshop is open to everybody interested in wayfinding issues in indoor environments.
The interaction of indoor and outdoor spaces, how they connect and separate, is an under-researched topic in GIScience. This is true for many aspects, from human behavior and cognitive processes to formal models and location-based services. Seamless navigation, evacuation of people, or services provided by autonomous robots or drones require a model of the surrounding environment, usually a combination of outdoor and indoor spaces. However, moving from indoor to outdoor spaces or vice versa provides a range of physical, cognitive, and technical challenges. This full-day workshop at GIScience 2014 conference addesses these issues, approaching them from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Following the successfull workshop on indoor-outdoor mobility at AAL Forum last year, we invite representatives of other projects to share their thoughts and results on current issues of indoor navigation and interaction design for elderly users. The workgroup on indoor-outdoor moblity meets on 7-8 April 2014 after the ASSAM General Meeting. You can find more details here.
We are co-organizing a side event on mobility solutions at the AAL Forum on September 23rd in Norrköping, Sweden. We cordially invite researchers and practitioners for contributions and participation in this half-day workshop. The event addresses the following topics with associated invited talks:
Route planning and accessibility: Victor Sánchez, ISOIN, AAL-JP project T&Tnet
Transportation modes and transitions: Jan Alexandersson, DFKI, German BMBF project Mobia
Security and orientation: Cornelia Schneider, Salzburg Research, AAL-JP project Confidence
Indoor and outdoor localization: Bernd Krieg-Brückner, DFKI, AAL-JP project ASSAM
Environmental representations and maps: Andreas Rumsch, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, iHomeLab, AAL-JP project iWalkActive
The Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL JP), is organizing an event at the EU parliament on October 16 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. The conference aims to present the future strategy of the programme (that is dedicated to address the issue of ageing in Europe through the use of ICT) in the view of the eventual follow up for the period between 2014-2020. MEP Heinz Becker and MEP Lambert Van Nistelroy will co-host the conference.
On July 5th-6th the ASSAM consortium has met in Utrecht to plan the user-centred design and evaluation processes. On the first day, HKU explained their design method and presented initial personas and scenarios. On the second day, Bartimeus invited the ASSAM partners to their facilities and introduced their lab as well as some representative clients to give us an idea of their target group.
On June 7th, the ASSAM consortium has met in Bremen for the Kick-Off Event to officially launch the project and introduce the partners. The workpackages and tasks have been discussed, and the coordination board has agreed on the workplan according to the proposal.