Wohlfahrtswerk für Baden-Württemberg is a charitable foundation deriving from an initiative of Queen Katharina of Württemberg in the year 1817. Today, as a foundation incorporated under civil law, Wohlfahrtswerk is one of the biggest providers of services for the elderly in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, offering a complete range of services for senior citizens in 19 different locations. With 1.400 employees, Wohlfahrtswerk is supporting more than 2.000 elderly people in their everyday life. Many pioneering new care and residential concepts for the aged have their roots in the work of the Wohlfahrtswerk. ince 2006 Wohlfahrtswerk is involved in various research and model projects, which are used to test how digitization can be integrated into the housing and care offers for seniors.
“Frontida Zois” is a social welfare private agency for the care at home of socially vulnerable groups (elderly, disabled). Our main task is to help elderly people retain their maximum level of autonomy and well being through home care services (nursing and social work services) and various initiatives that promote active ageing, independent living and patient empowerment. “Frontida Zois” disposes a highly qualified personnel including, doctor, psychologists, nurses, software engineers, social workers.
FUNDACIO PER A LA UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA (UOC)
The UOC’s core goal is to be the university of the knowledge society, promoting innovative education personalised learning, technological leadership, R&D work on the information society and eLearning. Currently, its research, innovation and transfer activity is led by almost 300 researchers and technicians organized into 43 groups. Each group belongs to one of the University’s seven Faculties or teaching areas or to one of its three main research centres (the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute –IN3– or eLearnCenter –eLC–, an e-learning research, innovation and training centre focusing on higher education and lifelong learning and the recently created eHealth Center –eHC– that will be launched in the following weeks and aims to generate and transfer eHealth knowledge with a person-cantered and salutogenic scope. Specifically the research in relation with the TECH CARE project will be developed in two faculties of the UOC: Health Sciences and Psychology and Education Sciences.
The interdisciplinary Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS, created in 2003) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is devoted to analytical, theoretical and prospective research into the relationships between law, science, technology and society. LSTS’s core expertise is legal, but we also have a strong track record in legal theory, philosophy of sciences and bio-ethics, and we engage in criminological (surveillance & security) and STS-research too. In the last years, LSTS has dealt with the contemporary scientific and technological developments targeting older persons (e-ageing), focussing on the impacts of technologies for ageing societies on personal autonomy, privacy, personal data protection in particular. LSTS has been partners to EU funded projects at the intersections between ageing, health, and the law, such as the COST action Ageism from a multinational, interdisciplinary perspective (ref. COST IS1402), the Marie Curie action “VALUE AGEING” and the FP7 programme SENIOR, Social Ethical and privacy Needs in ICT for Older people: a dialogue Roadmap (Senior).
KOM – Multimedia Communications Lab
Seamless multimedia communication has the potential to create a future where people from all over the world live, collaborate, and communicate independent of geographical constraints. The communication and information systems that support this collaboration have to be performant, dependable, secure, and adaptable to user requirements. Therefore, future architectures for the Internet have to provide and utilize Quality of Service mechanisms. KOM actively investigates these in the scope of context-aware heterogeneous IP-based infrastructures, including advanced peer-to-peer and ad hoc networking technology. Innovative multimedia service interfaces and gateways facilitate the required seamless communication. KOM’s research towards this vision is centered on different technologies. While focusing on science, KOM never looses sight of applications, and user requirements. Therefore KOM’s focus is on carefully selected application areas.