Interviewing nurses for a project related to pressure ulcers

Pressure ulcers are a complex problem that requires attention from healthcare professionals and caregivers.

Technology may be able to optimize care for patients. With this aim, a new project is underway at Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS. This project is being developed by a Master’s student from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. Patients, informal caregivers, nurses and technical directors of institutions participated in interviews that will be valuable for understanding the complexities of this problem. COLABORAR gave a helping hand in the organization of interviews for this study.

The qualitative analsys of these interviews will enable the student and team to come up with a solution that will facilitate the care to patients with pressure ulcers.



We are preparing big surprises

Volunteers from the user network COLABORAR are collaborating with us in a project that aims to disseminate research activities we usually carry at Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS.

We are recording different moments of our work at the research centre: visits to day-care centres, tests at the Living Lab, interviews for qualitative analysis, etc. We are also interviewing participants and technical-directors of partner day-care centres.

We will reveal more details about this soon.

Validation studies with users of medical devices hilighted in the meeting of MDevNet

The topic of validation studies of technology-based medical devices with users was hilighted in a meeting with the members of MDevNet.

MDevNet is an initiative led by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS that gathers many R&D institutions, industry, academia, public entities and end-user representatives. What brings the partners in the network together is their active involvement in the process of valuing technology transfer of technology-based medical devices.

The meeting was organized around three themes:

  • clarification of legal issues associated with medical devices;
  • obstacles and promotion of mechanisms for interaction between national entities involved in the process of co-development and validation of medical devices and
  • effectiveness of technology transfer processes.

One of the topics was related to validation studies of medical devices with users and all the certification process.

In general, the conclusion of the meeting was that more information about regulations, processes and formalities is needed.

Tests for a master thesis

In thelast few years, research on activity monitoring and exercises for falls prevention has been developed at Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS. Recently, we have a student who has been developing her master thesis in this area.

Now it’s time to make some tests. COLABORAR recruited a group of volunteers to help us out in this important task. Volunteers participated in this research activity by performing walking exercises.

Thank you to all participants for giving us your time and for being part of the research.

Demo for Porto Canal

The Porto Canal channel made a news piece about Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS.

The Deus Ex Machina (DEM) project was hilighted. This project focuses on benefits for users in the future by building a technological response to societal challenges. This project comprises sub-projects in diverse fiels: agriculture, nutrition, health, mind and behaviour, activity monitoring, and community tools.

The research within the DEM project is supported by National Funds and counts with partnerships of other six research centres from the northern region of Portugal. The aim of this project is to improve the quality of life of the population through technology.

The user is at the centre of the research. Researchers begin by understanding their needs and the way they perceive technology. Two volunteers from the user network COLABORAR participated in a demo to show a project related to fall prevention. They performed some physical exercises guided by software on TV.

Our thanks to the participants!

You can watch the video here.

The new Academic Code of Academic Conduct of the University of Porto

COLABORAR attended the “Ethics Committee of the University of Porto Day” on April 11 at Salão Nobre of Oporto University Rectorate building.

The new Academic Code of Ethical Conduct of the University of Porto was offically presented in this event. It is of our interest to fully comply with the highest ethical standards and regulations regarding ethical issues in research. Our aim is to maintain excellence and integrity in conducting research, respecting the rights and dignity of others.

In this event we got to know the general principles to which we intend to adhere when conducting research activities. We were presented with a paper copy of the ethics code, which will be made available in digital format as well.

Ageing Summit 2018

The first edition of the Ageing Summit was held in Porto at Fundação de Serralves and was organized by Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto.

The issue of ageing was addressed from different points of view: challenges for society, public and social policies, innovation and active and healthy ageing. Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS‘s researcher Filipe Sousa was at the Ageing Summit ’18 to moderate the panel on “Ageing Societies: Innovation and Investment”. The intervening role of seniors and some examples of how society can listen to their opinions and take them into account in decision making was one of the topics highlighted.

COLABORAR attended the event, as these are topics of interest. We were happy to know that seniors are being perceived as an active part in decision-making related to ageing.

COLABORAR at the “Meetings with Innovation in Health”

COLABORAR attended the “Meetings with Innovation in Health” in April 4th. The event was held at the Hard Club, in the city of Porto and was organized by Health Cluster Portugal.

Many healthcare providers, medical devices manufacturers and R&D institutions attended the event. Some of them had a booth at the “Market for Open Innovation in Health”. The theme of the meeting was “New Research and Innovation Agendas for Future Health”. There were three thematic sessions: “Precision Medicine & Digital Health”, “Advanced Therapies & New Vaccines” and “Nanomedicine & Bioelectronics”. Speakers gave us an overview on areas of health that will be highlighted in the future.

The “Market for Open Innovation in Health” had the aim of promoting contacts between potential scientific, clinical, technological partners and companies.

We liked meeting with other researchers and getting to know about their scientifc projects in the field of technology and innovation for health.

It’s time for field studies

Researchers at Fraunhofer AICOS are working in a new application to be integrated in the SmartCompanion system.

We have in our team a student from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. She is carrying out field work, namely interviews with older adults within her work of user research. The student will be using the insights to build a smartphone application and she is applying human-computer interaction principles in her work, specifically for the elders, since the user interfaces of this app should be simple and easy to read to the user.

We expect to test the prototype with volunteers in the network very soon!