ICT for ageing well.



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The project aims at integrating miniaturised physiological sensors into hearing glasses device with ambient sensors in order to gather ambient and physiological data and transform them into relevant information through the implementation of specific algorithms. This information will be used for providing customised services to the end-users in order to improve the quality of their daily life, for tele-recalibration of hearing devices as well monitoring physical conditions. To achieve the best results within the AHEAD project, end-users will be involved in the development process right from the beginning to guarantee a maximum usability, perceived usefulness, acceptance and accessibility of the proposed AHEAD system. The consortium is ensuring their involvement from the very beginning of the project based on the user-centred design approach (UCD). End-user involvement in the pilots allows us to assess the benefit of the proposed solution.


The AHEAD project aims at increasing the quality of life of the elderly by assisting them in keeping an active and independent life. Physical and cognitive conditions decrease as a person gets older. To improve the quality of life of the elderly, the project makes use of devices that elderly people have already adopted: eyeglasses and hearing aid. The integration and combination of advanced and innovative sensing as well as ICT based modules will result in supporting systems for improving their daily life and health conditions.

Expected results and impact:

Hearing impairment constitutes an additional handicap to the natural process of ageing, which has a very negative impact on the quality of life and a great impact on the human communication process, leading to isolation and sometimes to depression. The expected services will help elderly end-users to live more independently, helping them in gaining confidence and supporting a healthy life, and most importantly, facilitating the communication with other humans. Social, health and economic impact is ensured once the project achieves technological and end-user’s acceptance challenges.

Center for Usability Research and EngineeringR&
JohanniterEnd User
Forschungszentrum Informatik an der Universität

Coordinator: Augmented Hearing Experience and Assistance for Daily life

Duration: 36 Months

Starting Date: 01 July 2013

Total budget: 3.843.436,0 Euros

Public contribution: 2.096.609 Euros


Manuel Marcelino Perez Perez
phone: +34 91 214 80 44
Calle Albarracín 25
Madrid 28037