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AAL architectures; sensors; localization/activity recognition; smart devices

Our organisation type is:: University

We are active in the following Technologies: Service innovation, User perspective, Social Science/Elderly, Design, Field trials / living lab, Tertiary end-users: public sector service organizers, social security systems, insurance companies, Hardware, sensors, actuators, Information technologies, data storage and processing (back end), Interfaces, software (front end), Integration, Learning & Training, Accessibility, Impact assessment, Knowledge transfer

Applications: Health & wellness, Home care, Information and learning, Knowledge Transfer, Mobility, Skills enhancement

The long-term objectives of the Smart CondoTM project is to expand our state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research in integrated technologies for delivering high-quality heath-care services to seniors, and to train a new generation of health care professionals through broad, creative, “hands-on” inter-professional education and professional-development activities.

Our research agenda focuses on two research questions.

RQ1: How could home environments be designed (or retrofitted) with low-cost sensing technologies (RFIDs, QR tags, sensors, cameras) to support patients with (a) different types (cognitive, physical, sensory and emotional) and (b) different levels of disability?

RQ2: How might observations (by self, family-member and home care), recorded through smart and mobile devices, inform the patient’s electronic health record and help health providers better care for them?

Towards RQ1, we have developed the Smart CondoTM hardware-software platform, which effectively recognizes the movements and activities of a home’s occupants. We have validated the ease-of- deployment of our platform in traditional homes with two deployments (a simulated apartment in a University building and a suite in a local rehabilitation hospital) and our participation in the EVAAL 2013 competition.

Towards RQ2, we have developed a number of mobile applications for individuals and their caregivers to record health observations, including a medication-adherence application, a diabetes-management application, physical-exercise specification and monitoring applications, an application for home-care aides to record information about the services they provide to clients, and a platform of cognitive assessment and training games.

From a methodology perspective, we are working closely with end users, clients, and product and service providers, to develop instruments for assessing the needs of seniors and their caregivers and the degree to which existing products and services can meet them. This methodology informs our research and enables us to thoroughly evaluate our research outputs.



Contact details


Eleni Stroulia
Phone: 1 780 707 8208


University of Alberta
, T6G 2E8 Edmonton