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Project Title: User-centric Design of Ubiquitous Welfare and Safety Services and Supporting Technologies for China and Finland (CHI-FIN UBI-SERV)

Sites of the research:
1. Department of Communications and Networking, Aalto University
2. Peking University
3. Fudan University and Nordic Centre of Fudan Unversity

The objective of this research project is to investigate user centric designed services and technology for ubiquitous computing (e.g. services applying networked, embedded computers) in Welfare Technology and Services (WTS). As such, WTS is a very large research area covering two major frontiers of Health and Public Safety referring to (i) health management, health monitoring and medication reminders as well as (ii) public safety and security services.

In our project we apply user centric design approach to pinpoint from this field the cases that fulfill research boarder conditions, focusing on senior citizens and selected public safety services, both in Chinese and Finnish service-technology-market such that academic objectives, user centric design goals and true business cases can be simultaneously investigated. Also, we strive to efficient utilization of usability research methodology, general resources and scientific expertise of our research consortium.

The project modules are: User-centric Design, Public Safety, Glocal (global/local) Networking Technologies and Services and Remote Tele-care Technologies and Services. The research targets were further developed in Start-up Workshop (and its preliminary investigations) by following the user-centered design philosophy. This approach aims to develop truly usable, cost-effective WTS for both China and Finland by taking care of the user, service, environment, regulatory and technology levels simultaneously.

Note that during the course of this project, Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) has merged with Helsinki School of Economics and University of Art and Design Helsinki to form the new Aalto University. The acronym TKK is still often used as a shorthand for Aalto University School of Science and Technology.

CHI-FIN UBI-SERV is part of the Academy of Finland MOTIVE research programme.