Assisted Living project: Responsible innovations for dignified lives at home for persons with mild cognitive impairment or dementia

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From 01/12/2015 to 31/12/2019

The Assisted Living project is an interdisciplinary project on responsible innovations for dignified lives at home for persons with mild cognitive impairment or dementia

The aging population is a grand challenge to which innovation and technology development must contribute. However, this contribution must be developed in a responsible process with society and not be pushed on society. For this reason we need to build knowledge and experience on how to achieve responsible research and innovation in the field of welfare technologies.

The transdisciplinary Assisted Living project conducts research within ICT, health science, social science and ethics. The overall aim of the project is to advance responsible research and innovation (RRI) in the field of welfare technology.

By adapting an RRI framework, the project aims to:

  1. map how stakeholders and experts perceive the state-of-the-art of responsible welfare technologies, focusing on assisted living technologies, in Norway and internationally;
  2. develop assisted living solutions for users with mild cognitive impairment and dementia, through an RRI approach;
  3. judge by an integrated Health Technology Assessment approach whether technologies introduced through an RRI process score better than currently implemented technologies; and
  4. create a wider dialogue on responsible welfare technologies for the future, reflecting on alternatives and options.

The overall societal aim is to increase quality of life for persons with mild cognitive impairment and make it possible to live at home with dignity. The project will produce knowledge on workable, responsible assisted living solutions to problems faced by persons with this impairment and their relatives, with active involvement of other interested parties.


Project partners from HiOA:

  • The Work Research Institute (AFI), Research group on Responsible Innovation: Dr. Ellen-Marie Forsberg (project leader), Dr. Reidun Norvoll og Erik Thorstensen.
  • Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Occupational Therapy, Prosthetics and Orthotics: Associate Professor Anne Lund and PhD candidate Torhild Holthe.
  • Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing and Health Promotion: Dr. Liv Halvorsrud, Prof. Dagfinn Nåden and Associate Professor Dag Karterud.
  • Faculty for Technology, Art og Design, Department of Mechanical, Electronics and Chemical Engineering: Associate Professor Evi Zouganeli and PhD candidate Flavia Casagrande.

Additional project partners:

  • Norwegian Board of Technology: Hilde Lovett og Adele Flakke Johannessen
  • Sensio AS 
  • University of Exeter School of Business and Economics: Professor Richard Owen
  • Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie: Dr. Miltos Ladikas
  • University of Bristol: Professor Ruud ter Meulen og Dr. Mari-Rose Kennedy

There are three PhD candidates connected to the project. Students at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) will also participate.

Project leader:

Ellen-Marie Forsberg

[email protected].

The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway’s SAMANSVAR programme

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