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Eliciting user requirements for ambient assisted living

Results of the SOPRANO project
: Müller, S.; Santi, M.; Sixsmith, A.

Cunningham, P.:
Collaboration and the knowledge economy. Issues, applications, case studies. Pt.1 : eChallenges e-2008 Conference, 22 - 24 October 2008, Stockholm, Sweden
Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2008 (Information and communication technologies and the knowledge economy 5)
ISBN: 978-1-58603-924-0
ISSN: 1574-1230
eChallenges Conference <18, 2008, Stockholm>
Fraunhofer IAO ()

The SOPRANO project is developing supportive environments for older people based on the concept of "ambient assisted living", using pervasive ICTs to enable older Europeans to live independently in their own homes. A feature of the Experience and Application Research (E&AR) methodology used in the project is the active and strong involvement of older users throughout the entire R&D process. Participative method in the area of research and development enable the thoroughly focus on the users when defining the user requirements, iteratively generating design solutions and evaluating those design solutions in real life settings. This paper presents the results of the first phase of user research carried out in SOPRANO in order to determine user requirements for the system. After describing the need for ambient assisted living and E&AR approaches in a first section the paper presents methods and results from participatory requirements engineering. It concludes with an outlook on the next phases of user involvement.