Past uDay Events
With this conference, we are turning our attention entirely to the field of nursing. We are presenting three innovative projects that shed light on a wide variety of aspects and special areas of digital transformation in care:
- Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality
- Robots in care
- Online offerings in nursing education to promote digital competencies
- Technological forms of support for people with dementia living at home and their relatives
uDay XIX - Cross-Border Real Labs for Assistance Technology
In the Lake Constance region, there are many cross-border private and professional structures that take over part of the daily tasks of people in need of assistance on request. The IBH Living Lab AAL has set itself the goal of facilitating and improving the work in these structures through suitable assistance technology. Within the uDay conference series, the corresponding results developed in cross-border real labs will be presented on June 24, 2021.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
09:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
MS Oesterreich from the port of Hard, Hafenstraße 15, 6971 Hard
The event is part of the IBH Living Lab AAL project and is organized by UCT Research, the interdisciplinary research centre for User Centred Technologies at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences.
In our real laboratories, we develop solutions for a self-determined life of people with assistance needs in an experimental environment, together with those affected and representatives from science, civil society, Business and Management and politics. Research and development takes place under real conditions and with mutual learning effects.
In the "Home Health Living" real lab, an integration of mobile devices for recording vital functions (e.g. pulse, breathing, movement, sleep behavior) took place in apartments of the IBH Living Lab AAL. This enabled elderly people to increase their sleep quality, reduce stress levels, and improve their rehabilitation adherence.
The real lab "Barrier-free tourism space" dealt with the reduction of barriers that can occur in connection with vacations or vacation travel. The entire process of the vacation trip was considered, from the determination of the vacation destination, to the planning, arrival and stay of the guest including leisure activities, to the return journey and possible settlement with health insurance companies and insurances.
The project "Barrier-free tourism area" was a project to reduce barriers that can occur in connection with holidays or vacation trips.
In the "Smart Home Care" real-life laboratory, automated information systems were introduced and evaluated in facilities of the IBH Living Lab AAL for assisted living. They help supervisors to consciously take care of the people entrusted to them. The main aim was to increase the sense of security for elderly people living alone.
The "Engineering and Technology in the Neighborhood" reallaboratory dealt with measures that sustainably enable neighborhoods to use technical solutions for citizen participation in home care for the elderly. Recommendations were developed to enable the cross-state transfer of experience to other municipalities in the Lake Constance region.
The conference is funded by the Interreg Program "Alpenrhein-Bodensee-Hochrhein", whose funds are provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and by the Swiss Confederation are supported.
uDay XIX - Collaborations with 3D Printing
Additive manufacturing is clearing the way to produce faster and more regionally than global trade can provide. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it was precisely in this regard that the potential for collaborations with 3D printing became clear. For example, it was experienced that distributed manufacturing resources in 3D printing could be coordinated across regions to meet regional challenges in a very short time.
Presentation, discussion, competition
Thursday, June 18, 2020
12:15 - 18:00
The 18th Usability Day will address these and other opportunities in additive manufacturing. The aim is to exchange ideas on optimized processes for the additive manufacturing of high-quality prototypes, to learn about reliable solutions for the digital encryption of 3D printing data, and to jointly develop new approaches for improved international value chains in 3D printing.
A competition was held in 2019 among students from universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to address these topics. From the ideas submitted, a number of group works were selected during the preparatory phase, which will be presented as part of uDay XVIII on June 18, 2020. On this day, one winning group each from the topics of rapid prototyping and new business models will finally be selected from these works.
All interested parties can watch the presentations and the judging after pre-registration with the organizer of uDay XVIII, Mr. Tobias Werner. In addition, there will be two keynotes by recognised experts as well as discussion and Q&A sessions.
UDay XVIII is organized and hosted by UCT Research, the interdisciplinary research centre for User Centred Technologies at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, in collaboration with ZHAW and DHBW. UCT Research's research focuses on current social and economic challenges, such as the increasing self-responsibility of the individual, the digital transformation in work and leisure, and the ongoing economic globalization.
12:15-12:30 Login conference
12:30-12:45 Welcome by Tobias Werner, FHV
12:45-13:15 Keynote: Leendert den Haan, Technology Center Aargau
13:30-14:00 Lecture: Benedikt Zoller-Rydzek, ZHAW Winterthur
14:00-14:20 Presentation 3D printing business model
14:20-14:35 Questions and answers about the business model
14:50-15:20 Keynote: Markus Schrittwieser, 1to1 Prototypes
15:20-15:40 Presentation 3D Prototyping 1
15:40-16:00 Presentation 3D Prototyping 2
16:00-16:20 Presentation 3D Prototyping 3
16:20-16:35 Questions and answers about prototyping
16:35-16:50 Jury deliberation / break
16:50-17:00 Awarding of the best group work
17:00-18:00 Individual meetings / discussion
uDay XVII - Digitalization and quality of life in old age
Usability Day XVII is organized and hosted by the FHV in collaboration with the IBH Living Lab AAL.
The trend towards digitalization is also hitting the world of seniors. Although there are still fears of contact, more and more are using digital Engineering and Technology to enhance their quality of life. This is because digital innovations serve, among other things, to prevent age-related health problems (e.g., cardiovascular disease), to mitigate the side effects of illness (e.g., poor sleep), or to relieve the burden on family caregivers (e.g., in the case of dementia). Usability Day XVII picks up on the megatrends of digitalization and demographic change and shows possible entanglements.
UDay XVII is organized and hosted by UCT Research, the interdisciplinary research centre for User Centred Technologies at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, in collaboration with the IBH Living Lab AAL. UCT Research's research focuses on current social and economic challenges, such as demographic change, the increasing self-responsibility of the individual, the digital transformation in work and leisure, and ongoing economic globalization.
The IBH Living Lab AAL is a network of universities, social service providers and technology providers in the international Lake Constance region that provides people with permanent impairments to social and economic participation with access to digital innovations in real-life laboratories that serve to maintain and enhance their quality of life.
The conference is funded by the Interreg program "Alpenrhein-Bodensee-Hochrhein", whose resources are provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Swiss Confederation.
The uDay XVII will be held together with the Smarter Lives event at the co-organizer of the joint conference, Eurac Research in Bolzano. Smarter Lives is organized by the Institute for Strategic Management, Marketing and Tourism at the University of Innsbruck. Eurac Research is a private center for international and supra-regional contract research as well as projects with local relevance based in Bolzano. Since autumn 2002, Eurac Research's headquarters have been located in the former "ex-GIL" building, close to Bolzano's old town at the confluence of the Eisack and Talfer rivers.
Bolzano is easily and conveniently accessible by train. Please use the booking services of DB, ÖBB, SBB or Trenitalia. The train station is just a few minutes walk from the center, where there are a number of hotels. Coming by car from the north, it is best to take the Bolzano Nord freeway exit and use the Bolzano Mitte parking lot in Mayr-Nusser-Straße (1200 parking spaces). The conference will take place at Drususallee 1, in the main building of Eurac Research. You can reach it from the center in about 15 minutes by foot.
uDay XVI - Assistance Technologies in the World of Work
The world of work and in particular industrial production are undergoing one of the greatest upheavals since the industrial revolution. Digitization, automation, virtualization, and real-time processing require different and, in some cases, more mentally demanding qualifications or performance from the working person than in the previous sequential work process. At the same time, however, the same principles and technologies also offer the opportunity of comprehensive support for workers for precisely these new requirements.
The uDay XVI "Assistance Technologies in the World of Work" was dedicated to this important topic and addressed the current state of research as well as the developed solutions in the relevant research areas. The available assistance possibilities were identified, presented and discussed from a technological and process-oriented perspective. In a SciPoetrySlam, this development was also critically examined by young people.
- Augmented Reality in Production
- Design thinking and user experience
- Digital and smart manufacturing
- Voice-activated picking
- Collaborative robotics applications
uDay XV - Ambient Assisted Living
June 22, 2017
Assistance in performing daily activities in one's own home or in creating a healthy living environment may be needed for a variety of reasons. For example, a need for assistance may be due to a congenital or acquired impairment. The need for assistance may also become apparent in the short or long term due to the individual's life course, such as aging.
The conference "uDay XV - Ambient Assisted Living" showed how housing technology on the one hand enables people with impairments to live a self-determined life and on the other hand how health is maintained through preventive use. The latter particularly concerns impairments imminent due to aging. Potentials were explored and different perspectives of technically supported living were discussed.
The conference dealt with the planning and execution of professional, intra-family, neighborhood assistance or self-help for people with assistance needs by:
- Use of information and communication technology (e.g. telemonitoring)
- Automation of processes in the own four walls (e.g., building control)
- Creation of healthy living conditions (e.g. circadian light and air control)
- Accessible design of the living environment and software applications
uDay XIV - HMI Pioneers Meet Young Innovators
June 10, 2016
Pioneers of HCI meets young innovators in HCI
This year, the topic of human-machine interaction was all about young academics. The uDay XIV offered especially for students working on a master's thesis or dissertation at an Austrian university an interesting hub to present their ongoing projects
Prof. Dr. Geraldine Fitzpatrick (Vienna University of Technology)
Prof. Dr. Martin Hitz (University of Klagenfurt)
Prof. Dr. Manfred Tscheligi (University of Salzburg & AIT)
uDay XIII - Digital Media in Working and Learning Environments
June 12, 2015
Modern instruction and team collaboration has already become increasingly oriented to available technologies. Digital, distributed space presents opportunities and challenges for media didactics and teamwork in particular, and for pedagogy and networked work more generally.
Based on current research topics and technological innovations, the conference took a look at the near future of instruction and collaboration in the digital world. A wide variety of aspects were highlighted, addressing special areas and interfaces from research fields such as:
- Digital Game-Based Learning
- Augmented Reality & VR
- Digital Collaboration and Cloud Computing
- Mobile Learning and Massive Open Online Courses
- Personalized Learning Environments
uDay XII - Assistance technology for assisted living
May 16, 2014
Assistance Technology for Assisted Living
AAL - Ambient Assisted Living - is a Europe-wide initiative to increase the quality of life of older people and extend the autonomous phase of life through services based on information and communication technologies. From 2014 to 2016, up to 80 AAL apartments were equipped and tested in the western Austrian provinces of Tyrol and Vorarlberg. The uDay XII represented the kick-off event at which new assistance technology for assisted living was presented.
Helmut Bachmaier, University of Konstanz
The aging society and the need for technology-assisted services for assisted living
uDay XI - Natural User Interfaces
June 14, 2013
Natural User Interfaces
Whether in the private home, at the workplace or in public spaces - constant interaction with technical devices such as TVs, PCs or ticket machines has long been an everyday occurrence. No one wants to bother with clunky, purely functional "machines" anymore; instead, these increasingly sophisticated technologies must be smart, aesthetically pleasing, and emotionally appealing, and, in particular, intuitive and natural to use.
The trend for Engineering and Technology to increasingly approach the natural needs and perception channels of humans is unmistakable: be it through gesture and motion control, stereoscopic 3D playback or tactile touchscreens. It was precisely these aspects of natural interaction and the current alternative operating concepts of software and hardware that were scrutinized and illuminated at the 11th Usability Day at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences.
For the fourth time, a 3D competition was also held as part of the uDay. The best works were awarded prizes in various categories and presented on the day of the event. The winners were given the opportunity to present their work to the audience and provide a glimpse behind the scenes.
Visitors were able to find out about current projects and technologies at the following booths:
- FH Vorarlberg: current results from the Master Computer Science and InterMedia
- FH St. Pölten: AR'istophanes, interactive augmented reality theater
- SMI: eye tracking and emotive
- RTC: 3D printer
- Klaus Becker: Acquisition of physiological data
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology: Text input for wearable computing
- 3Dims: zSpace interactive tablet
- Schneider Digital: one of 3 existing 84" 3D monitors worldwide
uDay X - Engineering and Technology for People in the Coming Decade
June 1, 2012
The tenth anniversary of Usability Day took place under the motto "Engineering and Technology for People in the Coming Decade." At this anniversary event, experts presented their visions of the future about the possible interaction between Engineering and Technology and its users:
- What will the interfaces of the future look like?
- What improvements will there be?
- What new operating issues await us?
uDay IX - Intelligent Living
May 11, 2011
Comfort, information, security and energy saving are some of the main aspects that characterize "Intelligent Living" and were addressed at uDay IX.
Research, development and implementation scenarios in the field of "Intelligent Living" have been showing a strong upward trend for quite some time. Intelligent living is therefore of interest to all target groups, right across the population strata, from tech-savvy young people to senior citizens.
The conference provided information on the latest research as well as the practical implementation of technical solutions in the residential sector. Thus, the focus of the presentations and discussions was on the areas:
- Concepts of new forms of living
- Communication and information
- Care and assistance technologies
Dr. Boris de Ruyter, Philips Research Europe, Holland