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Professur Digital- und Schaltungstechnik

AUXILIA - An User-Centered Assistance and Safety System for Supporting People with Dementia based on Intelligent Behavioral Analysis

Concept of the Project AUXILIA

Based on the gained knowledge of Saxony’s care needs a concept of the project for the improvement of the situation in care was developed. Beside the scientific-technical innovation planned subprojects, e.g. the implementation as an interactive assistance-system or increasing the safety for all user groups were considered.

What are the goals of the project?

The goal of the Project AUXILIA is the enabling of longer, self-determined Life for people with dementia in their own homes using a novel assistive technology. This is motivated particularly by the high social, societal and economic importance. Comparing to the project “OPDEMIVA” (state of technology) the practice-oriented implementation of such a system is focused.

The previously in OPDEMIVA under laboratory conditions obtained and validated technical approaches for assistance of people with dementia are now placed in an application as practical assistance system. As part of the project we offer a real added value for all target groups for both scientific-technical innovation and further investigations to the practical suitability of the system.

In terms of user-centricity a system is to be created, which is able to deal with different functions for equally support people with dementia, caring relatives and people from professional care. Based on the analysis of the needs of the different user-groups the goals for the individual requirements need to be considered.

By taking into account the technical feasibility and the scope of the anticipated positive effects three key aspects were to be considered:

  • Improvement of the life’s quality by strengthening independence and staying longer in own homes for people with dementia
  • Relief of caring relatives regarding temporal, psychological and moral burdens
  • Discharge of the professional caregivers and optimization of the care process by the provision of additional, valid information for the improvement of the quality of individual care

How do we implement the project objectives?

In order to achieve the project objectives, a technical system for registration of the individual daily routine of people with dementia will be developed. The various stakeholders can be supported by a couple of functions, which will be realized in the project AUXILIA. This includes an interactive reminder and mobilization assistant. Furthermore, an interaction-concept adapted to the dementia- specific abilities gets Attention. The reliable detection of dangerous situations as well as the immediate Alert in case of emergency is another important component of the project. The detection of dangerous situations is divided into two parts – the emergency situations based on dementia- specific hazards and the detection of acute emergencies, respectively. By a successful implementation of using the results of the detection-process people with dementia are getting a higher wellbeing and the caring relatives get a better feeling of security. Help can immediately have communicated, without actively called afterwards. This function represents a significant additional benefit compared to existing house emergency call systems, which are already very good accepted by the potential user-groups and correspond to a technique as state of the art.

Finally, the individual care is to be improved by the accessibility of useful additional information. For example, the dementia person has a disturbed day-night rhythm, this is identifiable by the interface and can be considered as a valid information in the care process. As shown in the following figure, the project AUXILIA is divided into subprojects interactive assistance, security and the informative participation.

Teilprojekte des Projekts AUXILIA

Press (german)

Mitteilungen der Universität

AUXILIA in den Medien

23.05.2017 investEU Support for people with dementia in their own home
27.07.2016 Freie Presse Moderne Technik soll Leben von Demenzkranken erleichtern
26.07.2016 MDR Trotz Demenz in den eigenen vier Wänden leben


Title Author(s) Year
1 Strukturierte Bedürfnisanalyse im Rahmen der nutzerzentrierten Entwicklung eines Assistenz- und Sicherheitssystems für Menschen mit beginnender Demenz
In: Active Assisted Living Wissenschaftskongress 2018, 11.10. 2018 bis 12.10.2018, Karlsruhe, S. 55-56
Seidel, Roman 2018
2 AUXILIA - Nutzerzentriertes Assistenz- und Sicherheitssystem zur Unterstützung von Menschen mit Demenz auf Basis intelligenter Verhaltensanalyse
In: innteract2018, 28.06.-29.06.2018, Chemnitz, 6 Seiten
Seidel, Roman
Apitzsch, André
Yu, Jingrui
Seuffert, Julian
Nestler, Norbert
Heinz, Danny
Goy, Anne
Hirtz, Gangolf
3 Nutzerzentriertes Assistenz- und Sicherheitssystem zur Unterstützung von Menschen mit Demenz auf Basis intelligenter Verhaltensanalyse
In: Digitale Transformation von Dienstleistungen im Gesundheitswesen IV Impulse für die Pflegeorganisation. - Wiesbaden : Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, 2018, S. 135 - 148
Apitzsch, André
Seidel, Roman
Meinel, Lars
Findeisen, Michel
Hirtz, Gangolf


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