usability testing of full-body exergames
with elderly patients, usability testing
of location-based services for the
hospital, usability testing of a self-reporting system for COPD patients,
and prototyping and evaluation of fall
sensors for the elderly.
Describe a day in the life of your lab.
A day in the lab would typically involve
preparations for a usability test. A
current example is a student project on
sensor-based haptic feedback on walkers
(rullators) for visually impaired elderly
patients. The preparation consists
of giving the student a helping hand
with the Arduino-based prototype on
the walker to ensure the ultrasound
sensors will survive the usability tests,
recruiting users through a clinic at the
hospital, and configuring the lab to
simulate a realistic situation from the
What is one feature of your lab that you
could not do without?
The large space that allows us to
mimic real-world use contexts.
What is one feature of your lab you
want and do not have?
How would you describe how people
interact in your lab?
The lab has become a melting pot, where
researchers and students from computer
science, industrial design, the social
sciences, and medicine meet to explore
potentials of digital technology for the
What is the one thing you see as most
important about the work you do there?
The most important role of the lab is to
give credibility to a design and usability
perspective on medical technology
locally. Both in the hospital setting and
at the university, a physical lab becomes
a kind of totem that gives credibility
to the research we do as being
“scientific”—although much of the
research could have been done without a
→ Exploring innovative ways
of utilizing digital technology
through a clinical simulation.
DOI: 10.1145/2746538 COP YRIGH T HELD BY AUTHOR
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