Intelligent assisted living systems are the focus of the presentation of Fraunhofer IESE at this year's CeBIT in Hanover. A miniature version of the institute's own Assisted Living Laboratory will give visitors interesting insights into state-of-the-art research in this highly practice-relevant area. The goal is to enable elderly persons or those requiring care to remain longer in their own homes, living a self-determined life with the support of ultra-modern information technology. Fraunhofer IESE can be found in building 9 at booth B36 (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) and at the booth of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF, B40.

It happens when you least expect it: A sudden circulatory weakness makes an elderly person dizzy and results in a fall. But the intelligent apartment becomes active immediately: In a realistic simulation across two fair booths, visitors can experience how the senior citizen's walking aid recognizes the accident, how the home automation system attempts on its own to communicate with the patient, and how it finally alerts the "Emergency Medical Dispatch Office". Medical experts estimate that, in the regional environment of IESE, this technique could already be used every day to save accident victims from suffering the more serious consequences of an accident.

The Assisted Living Lab, which is being introduced at the booths of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and BMBF, is indeed a very special kind of laboratory environment. What appears to be hardly different from a normal living environment is equipped throughout with sophisticated sensors and electronic data processing. The objective of this effort: An apartment that proactively reacts in case of emergencies and that offers its resident the correct help at precisely the correct time, depending on the situation.

Equipment that captures data, such as RFID chips in the floor covering, motion sensors in the rooms, or everyday-type items equipped with sensors, are only parts of a much more complex overall system. The real core of the system is the software-supported networking and interpretation of the data provided by the sensors in accordance with current medical knowledge. Only this combination makes practical, context-sensitive support from the home automation system realistic.

The research performed at Fraunhofer IESE in the area of assisted living systems concentrates on the systems engineering of environments that independently recognize and assess situations on their own, based on networked sensor data. In a very general sense, this means that people are relieved of routine tasks and thus have more time for creativity. Furthermore, dangers can be averted. This should lead to cost savings not only in the health sector. Elderly persons and those requiring care will benefit from this in a particular way through better care " an obligation for society, whose importance should increase due to the demographic changes in society.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE

Fraunhofer IESE in Kaiserslautern currently has 199 employees who perform research in the areas of software development, software quality management, and software competence management. Together with its sister institute in the USA, Fraunhofer IESE offers processes, methods, and techniques for developing software-based systems according to engineering-style principles. In doing so, it follows an empirical approach: Through proven, innovative solutions, products based on software can be brought to the market with a measurably higher degree of efficiency.

The customers of Fraunhofer IESE come from domains where products are dominated by software: automotive and transportation systems, telecommunications, telematics and service providers, medical systems, as well as information systems and applications in the public sector. The institute provides support to companies of any size " from international corporations to small and medium-sized enterprises. The public sector also plays an important role as a project partner.

Fraunhofer IESE, which was founded in 1996, is directed by Prof. Dieter Rombach and Prof. Peter Liggesmeyer. It is one of 58 institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, which, as the largest applied research organization in Europe, contributes to national and international competitiveness.

About the FRAUNHOFER-INSTITUT FUER EXPERIMENTELLES SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

The Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE is one of 58 institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Under the leadership of Prof. Rombach and Prof. Liggesmeyer, it performs applied research in various areas of Software Engineering. In cooperation with international project partners from industry, academia, and public sector, the institute, which is the leader in its field in Europe, is developing new technologies, methods, processes, and tools that form an engineering-style basis for software development. In the service area of applied research, Fraunhofer IESE offers much more than classical consulting services, namely, innovative solutions for problems in the area of Software Engineering with measurable added value for an organization's daily operation. Companies and organizations of any size, including especially small and medium-sized enterprises, receive support in improving their software and system development through contract research, consulting, and technology transfer. More than 100 scientists are using innovative technologies and experience to develop practice-oriented solutions for all areas of everyday life dominated by software. Das Fraunhofer IESE bietet methodische Instrumentarien, um Software-Entwicklungsprozesse planbar zu gestalten und auf Software basierende Produkte durch konsequente Anwendung ingenieurwissenschaftlicher Prinzipien effizienter zur Marktreife fuehren zu koennen. Das Institut betreibt unter der Leitung von Prof. Rombach und Prof. Liggesmeyer angewandte Forschung in verschiedenen Bereichen des Software Engineering wie beispielsweise Produktlinienarchitekturen und messdatenbasierte Prozessverbesserung. Grundpfeiler des Instituts bildet der experimentelle Ansatz. Dieser belegt messbar den Mehrwert innovativer Techniken und Methoden des Fraunhofer IESE durch deren praktischen Einsatz in der Industrie. Dieser Mehrwert drueckt sich haeufig in Kostenersparnis, hoeherer Qualitaet oder schnellerer Markteinfuehrung neuer Produkte aus.

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