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 dat 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/vergroten van de kwaliteit van leven van deze groep. De te ontwikkelen interactieve woonkamer heeft als doel om te ondersteunen van --en stimuleren bij deze ADL, mobiliteit en oriëntatie.

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

Van A naar B navigeren is een essentieel onderdeel in ons dagelijks leven. Voor mensen met een visuele beperking is dit proces vooral een opgave, omdat ze beperkt gebruik kunnen maken van ruimtelijke oriëntatie en aanwijzingen in de omgeving. Project EyeBeacons richt zich op het ondersteunen van mensen met een visuele beperking bij het navigeren in de openbare ruimte, om daarmee een verbetering te bewerkstelligen in hun mobiliteit, onafhankelijkheid en sociale participatie.

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.


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.


Estimating the risk of falling is important for a targeted intervention to prevent falls. The BRAVO project studies new technologies to estimate the risk of falling in realistic environments. It also studies the acceptance of such technology.


FIT: Personalized support for people with dementia for independent living


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.


The area around the Olympic stadion in Amsterdam is filled with sport accommodations. This sporting area is known as the Sportas. The Sportas contains outdoor facilities to facilitate bootcamp exercises. These facilities are free to use and require low maintenance. Currently the Sportas together with the municipality of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences are evaluating how much these facilities are used using a custom sensor system.

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.

Internet of Touch

IoT is a valorization of the research project Touch (virtual worlds for well being). Within IoT we continue to develop the hardware and software as a market-ready product. We focus on researchers in communication sciences and the care of deaf-blind people.


As the Dutch population ages, the demand for elderly care continues to grow. Proper communication can relieve the pressure on caregivers and ensure a balanced distribution between institutional care and personal caregiving. In the Care4Balance project an ICT system is being developed to mediate communication among all the parties involved in caregiving.


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.

Sensei: Sensor Based Engagement for Improved Health

Exercise is important for staying healthy; people who exercise regularly and stay active are less likely to take ill. However, with all of todays modern technology, physical activity is seldom required and therefore easy to neglect.

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.

Sense in the city

The creative industry develops products and services in the urban environment in which knowledge about a) location, b) behaviour and c) mood of the user is essential. Often this knowledge is accumulated by human researchers performing observational studies, in which the gathering of large amounts of data and real-time measurements are impossible.

Sensormonitoring de Blarickhof

This is part of a larger study investigating both the applications and the effects of sensor monitoring on independently living elderly. In this study, simple sensors placed in the living quarters are utilised to monitor the activities of the residents. Information about their daily routine is acquired in this fashion.


Innovation in healthcare is not without challenge. New technology and proper care do not often go hand in hand. Nevertheless, steps will need to be made in the near future to realise innovation, in part by new technology, in collaboration with healthcare organisations, educational institutions and research and innovation companies.

Activity (change) Recognition

This PhD research is about the recognition of (changes in) the daily activities of elderly people living independently. Changes in activities are recognized from sensor data from sensor networks installed in the homes of volunteers (the so called Living Labs). Advanced probabilistic models are used in this process.


BiebBeep is an interactive display developed for the Almere Public Library. It displays a constant stream of RSS feeds, Flickr photos, YouTube videos and Twitter feeds. All its content is related to the library or to the (cultural) area of Almere. The aim of the project is to strengthen the informational and social function of the new Almere Library and to allow visitors to have more influence on the public space.


As part of the European project CitySDK the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences is working together with the City of Amsterdam, the Waag Society and eight European partner cities towards improving the accessibility and application of data in the Mobility, Tourism and Participation sectors.


With intelligent cameras, it is now possible to capture images adequate for motion analysis without requiring body worn sensors. These ambient sensing technologies have enormous potential for innovation in healthcare products (eHealth applications).

Beyond Glass

In certain situations the elderly can experience insufficient amounts of physical activity. Several projects involving the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences work on finding a solution to this problem.