Designing smart living for ageing Alice – and the persons next door

Tiina Kymäläinen (Corresponding Author), Johan Plomp, Timo Tuomisto, Juhani Heinilä, Timo Urhemaa

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    This article presents the co-design and development process for a home control system in the context of a healthcare ecology for older people accessing care home services. The contribution of this article is threefold: (1) it presents a design-oriented, user-centred approach for studying intelligent environments (IE); (2) it describes an ontology-based architecture that provides the foundation for the system, and (3) it introduces a proof-of-concept tool for creating and customizing IE services. The article dedicates the system to ‘Alice’, a central persona created for the initial research scenarios, representing a new arrival at a residential care home. This article illustrates the multifaceted design process and considers the challenges of linking Alice's ‘intelligent apartment’ to all the other apartments next to, and beyond, hers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-22
    Number of pages20
    JournalIntelligent Buildings International
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • co-design
    • do-it-yourself (DIY) experience
    • human-centred design
    • intelligent environment (IE)
    • intelligent environment architecture
    • paper-prototyping
    • usability evaluations
    • user interface design


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