The Digital Life Centre is a research lab at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. We focus on innovative technology, sensors and digital information in everyday life. Applied research is carried out on technology, big data and user-centred design methods. The Amsterdam region and beyond is our 'Living Lab'.


Growing Roots - Connecting Elderly through Virtual Nature

Eenzaamheid onder ouderen is een groeiend probleem met grote gevolgen voor gezondheid en welbevinden. Contact met natuur kan deze gevoelens tegengaan en pro-sociaal gedrag in de hand werken, maar voor ouderen zijn mogelijkheden om de natuur op te zoeken vaak beperkt door verminderde mobiliteit en zelfredzaamheid. Dit project onderzoekt de eisen en functionaliteiten ten aanzien van een digitale natuuromgeving om eenzaamheid te lijf te gaan zonder intensieve tussenkomst van zorgpersoneel en mantelzorgers.

De interactieve woonkamer | Guiding Environment

Dit project wil een interactieve woonkamer ontwikkelen, die mensen met dementie helpt langer zelfstandig thuis te blijven wonen. Het stimuleren van zelfstandig kunnen uitvoeren van Algemene Dagelijkse Verrichtingen (ADL) is het belangrijkste focusgebied bij het behouden en vergroten van de kwaliteit van leven van deze groep. De te ontwikkelen interactieve woonkamer heeft als doel om deze ADL, mobiliteit en oriëntatie te ondersteunen en stimuleren.

Revealing design: Data physicalisation for the 21st century

Can you touch data? How long does a train need to be to have 1 million YouTube-members travel at the same time? The Amsterdam University of Applied sciences (HvA), the Waag Society and students from the St. Jan school together will investigate and create fun and interesting data physicalisations. Those are Physical representations of big data, that you can really actively see and touch instead of on a screen or in a book.

Playful Data-driven Active Urban Living (PAUL)

The project ‘Playful Data-driven Active Urban Living’ (PAUL) project focuses on how the physical activity of urban dwellers can be encouraged through the use of personalized app technology. In a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, the Federal University of Sao Paulo and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, a team of researchers develops data-driven methods to encourage people to be physically active, for example through feedback on physical activity, motivating messages or games. The project is conducted by a multidisciplinary team from movement science, psychology, artificial intelligence and computer science.

EyeBeacons: Wayfinding in Public Spaces

The EyeBeacons project investigated how new technologies can help people with a visual impairment to navigate in urban space. More specific, we focused on beacon technology, smartphone and smartwatch and different types of feedback (audio/visual/tactile).


Co-Care-IT focuses on the iterative development of a system for supporting the care between informal and formal care providers. User-Centred Design is central to this project.

Smart agents for empowerment

This project aims to develop a model with its supplementary design tools and methods for designing smart products for human empowerment. By following a research-through-design methodology, the project intends to tackle which forms, intelligence and behaviors respond to the needs of users and contexts, and under which conditions and to what extent the users are willing to delegate control to smart products.

Smart Play Sets

Every child has it’s own learning curve and pace in acquiring motor skills. It is important to detect children with motor development problems in time, to initiate appropriate therapy. The Smart Play Sets project studies whether it is possible to develop games that detect children with motor development problems.


Maintaining an active lifestyle is good for our health, but not everybody can find the motivation to exercise. Within the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences project BAMBEA we research how beacons with a smartphone app can be used to give motivate outdoor exercise.

Look! A healthy neighbourhood

Slotermeer is a neighbourhood in the Amsterdam district of New-West with a low socio-economic status. The most prominent problems in the area are related to obesity and mental health. The project Kijk! Een gezonde wijk aims to improve the well-being of the residents of Slotermeer area by giving them an active role in mapping out the physical and social problems at the district, which will be used as a basis for devising solutions together with the residents.


Stimulating and maintaining an active lifestyle is vital to the large group of older people with early functional limitations. The Digital Life Centre develops digital support for a home-training program.

Virtual Worlds for Well-being

Well-being is important for both young and old, and in this digital technologies can play a role. This project focuses on the use of virtual worlds and sensors.


Most of the revalidation after hip surgery is done by patients themselves at home. Within the Hipper project a new protocol for revalidation after hip surgery will be developed that includes sensor technology. The protocol will give patients and caregivers more insight in the progress of the revalidation. This increases the self-management of the patients and allows caregivers to provide a more efficient and effective, personalized treatment.

Smart Systems for Smart Services

What are the opportunities for sensor technology?
Small and medium enterprises and other institutions will benefit from the use of new technologies that measure people’s activities. The Smart Systems for Smart Services project meets their demand for detailed insights in this area.


The aim of the Simba research is to make children with asthma move with pleasure and confidence. If you enjoy doing something, you will sooner do that more often. That is why we have created the Foxfit app together with children with asthma, which they use to learn how to exercise more in a fun way.


Beweegtool Foxfit voor kinderen met astma

( 2019 ) Annette Brons, Katja Braam, Aline Broekema, Annieck, Ricken - Timmerman, Bart Visser, Karel Millenaar, Raoul Engelbert & Ben Kröse Inspiratie 29(1) download

Wat stimuleert kinderen met astma om meer te gaan bewegen? - Ideeën van het kind, de ouder en de zorgverlener

( 2019 ) Annette Brons, Katja Braam, Aline Broekema, Bart Visser, Raoul Engelbert, Teatske Altenburg, Mai Chin a Paw & Annieck Timmerman Beweegreden download

Promoting Factors for Physical Activity in Children with Asthma Explored through Concept Mapping

( 2019 ) Annette Brons, Katja Braam, Annieck Timmerman, Aline Broekema, Bart Visser, Bart van Ewijk, Suzanne Terheggen - Lagro, Niels Rutjes, Hellen van Leersum, Raoul Engelbert, Ben Krose, Mai Chinapaw & Teatske Altenburg International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16(22) download

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