RESOURCEFUL AGEING

A thing-centric approach to design that empowers older people to age resourcefully

A project funded by STW under the Research Through Design program

About Resourceful ageing

In products designed especially for older people, the inventiveness and resourcefulness of elderly is often underestimated in favor of ‘foolproof’ designs mistakenly assuming older people to helpless and frail.

In this project instead, we focus on what older people can still do, and on the strategies they put in place to creatively cope with their ageing skills. Our goal is to find out how to design connected products for elderly people that can improvise in use, and thus remain appropriate to a large variety of situations.

A collaboration between industrial design, computer science, social sciences and industry partners, this project uses a combination of machine learning and ethnographic fieldwork to research and prototype designs that can support the everyday practices of resourcefulness of elderly people.

Resourceful Ageing is a two year project that kicked off in June 2016. It involves four senior researchers, three postdocs and a range of technical assistants and master students.

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Project timeline

In our ‘research-through-design’ process, we do Thing Ethnography by combining ethnographic studies with Machine Learning, and enlisting as participants a community of both elderly people and the objects they ordinarily use and ‘misuse.’

JUNE
2016

Project kick off

JULY
2016

Resourcefulness workshop

JULY - SEPTEMBER
2016

Sensor network feasibility study

JULY - SEPTEMBER
2016

Recruiting participants

SEPTEMBER
2016

Ethical approval

SEPTEMBER
2016

Pilot interviews

SEPTEMBER
2016

Design workshop

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER
2016

Livinglab blueprint

JANUARY - FEBRUARY
2017

Alghorithm concept

FEBRUARY
2017

Data analysis

FEBRUARY
2017

Field interviews

FEBRUARY
2017

Symposium

FEBRUARY - JUNE
2017

System development

JUNE - AUGUST
2017

Conceptualisation second iteration

JULY - OCTOBER
2017

Prototyping second iteration

OCTOBER
2017

Exhibition

OCTOBER
2017

Data analysis workshop

NOVEMBER - FEBRUARY
2018

Documentation and evaluation

FEBRUARY
2018

End of the project

Results

Scientific publications, conferences, lectures and public workshops.

Team

The research group is composed by a multidiciplinary team of researcher and industry partners with expertise in the key areas of the project: interaction design, social sciences, and computer science.

Prof. Dr. Elisa Giaccardi

PI, TU Delft

Dr. Hayley Hung

Co-PI, TU Delft

Iohanna Nicenboim

Researcher, TU Delft

Dr. Yanxia Zhang

Researcher, TU Delft

Dr. Lenneke Kuijer

Co-PI, TU Eindhoven

Dr. Louis Neven

Co-PI, Avans Hogeschool

Dr. Ivo Maathuis

Researcher, Avans Hogeschool

Jeroen Raijmakers

Philips Design

Benjamin Lopez

Philips Design

Rob van Gansewinkel

Philips Design

Edoardo Fusaro

MS in Industrial Design, TU Delft

Tal Amram

MS in Industrial Design, TU Delft

Masako Kitazaki

MS in Industrial Design, TU Delft

Tomo Kihara

MS in Industrial Design, TU Delft

Tjeerd Stamhuis

MS in Industrial Design, TU Delft

Xin Liu

MS in Computer Science, TU Delft

Kelong Cong

MS in Computer Science, TU Delft

Jonathan G

MS in Computer Science, TU Delft

Ana Torralba Marin

MS in Industrial Design, TU Eindhoven

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