Electronic Wall to Improve Quality of Life for the Elderly

Electronic Wall to Improve Quality of Life for the Elderly

MSc. Assignment

Client Information

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.


eWALL (http://ewallproject.eu/) is a smart caring home techonology 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 parterns 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.



The large eWALL with touch screen is a brand new form of interaction between the older user and health technology. 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. This allows for whole new ways of using technology in elderly care. For example, different Bluetooth or WiFi devices can be connected to the eWall to provide older adults with new services or information (such as weight scales, smart fridges, etc.).


Within the eWALL project, we are giving students, who have to do a MSc assignment, a chance to design and conduct a study to their interest, related to the eWall technology. This is an open call to challenge students to come up with a great idea for a novel use of technology or a great study and to join the eWall team. For example, are you a communication or health psychology student and you want to study what factors determine whether, or not, older adults will accept this kind of new technology? We are looking for the most enthusiastic students to enrich the eWALL project. Our only prerequisite is that your project involves evaluation of a prototype, or theoretical model, and that you also address usability and user experience in this evaluation.

Student requirements

We are looking for a motivated student who wants to start with his/her MSc thesis in September 2015. All kinds of students are welcome, as long as they also have experience with or interest in usability testing and assessing user experience. The candidate must speak Dutch fluently and be proficient in English. Finally, the student must interact with older adults and must therefore have good social skills. We ask those students that are interested to send a short email (in English) to Cristian-Dan Bara (c.bara@rrd.nl) and Harm op den Akker (h.opdenakker@rrd.nl) in which you shortly introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in a specific topic and want to study this in the context of the eWall project. Once again, we are mainly looking for enthusiastic students, so make sure to convince us why this project suits you. An interview will be held to determine the suitability of the student and to give the student the idea to experience the eWall him or herself.

Educational program


Research theme

Rehabilitation Technology, Roessingh Research & Development, Enschede

Principal Investigator track

Harm op den Akker

Cristian-Dan Bara

Supervision and info

Cristian-Dan Bara c.bara@rrd.nl