We are a growing team of researchers and students in the area of human-computer interaction at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf. Dr. Alina Huldtgren is the founder of the group and works as professor of digital health and intelligent user interfaces in the faculty of media. Her background is interdisciplinary comprising technical knowledge in the development of interactive systems and expertise in user-centered, participatory and value-sensitive technology design methods. Within the team we also have knowledge of web design, user research, workshop organization, prototyping, 3D printing, Arduino development and evaluation of interactive systems.
We have recently finished several projects in the area of technologies for people with dementia and their caregivers. Currently we work on a first aid app for parents and stress-reducing musical interfaces.
Digitalization is one of the main drivers for change and innovation in our society. However, some groups of people are left out due to their lack of technical knowledge, digital competence and acceptance. In Germany, a majority of older adults belongs to these groups that do not make use of the added value of digital media in different areas of life. As technology developers and co-design researchers we would like to change this situation and, on the one hand, be in continuous dialogue with older adults around their technology needs and, on the other hand, develop technology that fits these needs.