Markus Garschall, Expert Advisor at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, has many years of experience researching the relationship between humans and technology. In his research he focuses on the design and evaluation of multimodal user interfaces – with special regard to speech interaction – and collaborative aspects of technology. Over the last years, he was involved in several national and European research projects related to the topic of Active and Healthy Ageing.

Markus is coordinator of the AAL Joint Programme project vAssist that aims at exploring the potential of speech technology as a means to address the specific interaction requirements of older adults with chronic diseases and motor skill restrictions.

Katja Neureiter is a Research Fellow at the Center for HCI, Department of Computer Science, University of Salzburg, since the summer of 2010. She has her Master’s Degree in Sociology (Salzburg, 2009) with the focus on methods of empirical social research. In her PhD she deals with the interrelationship between Social Presence and Social Capital, investigating the potential of  (video-)mediated communication technologies to facilitate connectedness and the development of valuable and beneficial relationships, i.e., Social Capital. Since 2011 she has been working on several projects in the area of Ambient Assisted Living (CVN, GeTVivid).

Katja is currently managing the ProMe project that aims at developing an online mentoring platform for older adults that allow to exchange professional knowledge with younger generations.

The topic of this interactive session is also discussed within one of the working groups of the Austrian innovation platform AAL Austria, led by Katja and Markus.

Mona Marill is a European project manager at E-Seniors, a French association encouraging seniors to use ICT-tools and an end-user organization involved in various European projects in the field of technological innovation for active ageing. Mona manages several projects: ALFRED (FP7), ASSISTANT (AAL) and SONOPA ( AAL) and has expertise in conducting the user studies (requirement definition, field trials etc.) with the local target groups.

The ALFRED project develops a virtual butler designed for seniors that is available on mobile devices and functioning with speech interaction. ALFRED enables older adults to be more active providing event recommendations and serious games, to follow up their health status and to coordinate better their everyday life.

Christiane Moser is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Human-Computer Interaction (University of Salzburg). She holds a PhD in Applied Computer Science (2015) from the University of Salzburg, where she focused on child-centered game development. Since five years, she is also involved in several Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) projects investigating active living. She is responsible for the active and iterative user involvement of older adults throughout the entire development process of AAL solutions (i.e., user-centered design – starting with the requirements analysis and ending with pilot studies in the field). Since 2010 she has been working on several projects in the area of Ambient Assisted Living (FamConnector, CVN, Entrance). Previously, she was involved in several national and internations research project in different domains.

Currently, Christiane is managing the GeTVivid Project that aims at supporting older adults with mild impairments to manage their daily activities in their (residential) home and aims at improving the quality of life, autonomy and participation in social life.

Lex van Velsen is a senior researcher at Roessingh Research and Development (Telemedicine cluster) and a researcher at the Biomedical Signals and Systems groups (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science) at the University
of Twente, The Netherlands. He has participated in numerous design projects on both a national and European level. His research interests include eHealth design, requirements engineering, personalisation, trust in eServices, and information seeking behavior. Recently, he co-edited a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication on designing better user experiences for self-service systems. His research has been published in journals like the Journal of Medical Internet Research , BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, Health Informatics Journal,  The International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction, Interacting with Computers, and Human Technology.

Lex is, among other projects, involved in the requirements engineering of the European projects PERSSILAA, in which a multidisciplinary team is developing a Telemedicine service for screening for and preventing frailty among olders adults, and eWall, in which an ‘intelligent Wall’ is created for helping elderly stay healthy.