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Digital focus on this year's Nobel Day

Published: 19 December 2018

The Department of Health Sciences arranged for the second consecutive year a Nobel Day with focus on future health issues. – It was a good day and the participants seemed very happy with lectures and discussions, says Åsa Engström, Professor of Nursing.

In addition to two joint sessions with speakers from Kairos Future and Region Norrbotten and a final panel discussion, were 28 parallel presentations conducted by researchers from Luleå University of Technology and collaborators from Region Norrbotten. 

New lab environment under construction

During one of the parallel sessions, was the new activity laboratory presented. The lab, which is under construction, is financed by the Luleå University of Technology's Lab Fund and the Kemp Foundation.

The activity lab is a two-bedroom apartment with bathroom, which is currently equipped with about 70 sensors and detectors. More are added and the vast majority are hidden because the goal is to create a sense of home environment. In addition to these, there will also be technology carried by the test subjects. At the moment, the mileage of cables is drawn through the apartment, as well as to the control room that will be on the floor above. The lab is a way to study people's daily life and activity patterns and to test new technology before being implemented at home.

– In our kitchen, we can study when a person cooks and how the person performs the activity. For example, if the person presents problems during performance, it may indicate the need for support, says Kåre Synnes, Professor of Distributed Computer Systems at Luleå University of Technology.

In Sweden there are a number of similar environments. What characterizes Luleå University of Technology's activity lab is the amount of sensors and cameras.

– The lab will be an important collaboration environment for researchers, companies, students, healthcare professionals, as well as caregivers and relatives. We will have a new environment for studying and measuring people's everyday activities as well as developing support to enable people with functional variations to stay at home, says Anneli Nyman, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy.