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Usability and User Experience evaluation of an Electronic Wall (eWALL) to Improve Quality of Life for the Elderly

running manType opdracht: Ba

In –of extern?: Extern: Roessingh Research and Development, Enschede

Hoeveel studenten mogelijk? 2

Zelf data verzamelen? Ja

Type onderzoek: Kwalitatief


Roessingh Research and Development (RRD), located in Enschede, the Netherlands is the largest Dutch independent scientific research centre for rehabilitation technology, linked to the Roessingh rehabilitation centre in Enschede. RRD is internationally recognized as a centre of excellence in the fields of rehabilitation technology and telemedicine.

About the Project

eWALL (http://ewallproject.eu/) is a smart caring home technology that aims to make elderly with chronic diseases live independently for longer periods of time; give relevant feedback to relatives of the elderly (e.g: information about the quality of their parents sleep, their patterns daily life routine, etc.) and enable professional caregivers to be more effective in their work and have a closer relationship with more people who need them. The eWALL home installation consists of a wall with a large touch screen as a main means of interaction.

Project description

The large eWall with touch screen is a brand new form of interaction between the older user and health technology installed in their homes. On this screen several things can be seen: windows with information, notifications, videos, etc. And the older uses operates the eWall with being close or far away, touching the screen, etc. While this allows for whole new ways of using technology in elderly care, problems might arise with regard to usability. Is the technique self-explanatory? Does the older user trust such an eWall for improving his or her health?

The goal of the assignment is to test the eWall for usability issues and to assess the user experience with older adults. The student is expected to help design the evaluation setup, to conduct the evaluation with older adults, to analyze findings (in terms of redesign advice) and to write up a final report. We will help with the recruitment of participants, setting up the technology and arrange a testing environment (the student can make use of a Living Lab environment). The students will get the opportunity to become familiar with the eWall system at the RRD. Furthermore, the students will get trained in usability testing by experts at the RRD.

Wie zoeken we?

Experience with or interest in usability testing of new technology is a prerequisite. The candidate must speak Dutch fluently and be proficient in English. The interviews will be held in Dutch, with elderly Dutch participants. We ask the students to write their thesis in English to be able to receive feedback from all supervisors. Finally, the student must interact with older adults and must therefore have good social skills.


Dr. Saskia Kelders (UT)

Cristian Dan Bara, MSc (RRD)

Dr. Harm op den Akker (RRD)