This research project pursues an interdisciplinary approach to develop user-centered and age-appropriate designs for future technologies. 

Employing contextual and methodological perspectives from humanities and social sciences on the one hand and engineering technologial perspectives on the other, it will be examined what barriers elderly people encounter concerning usage and acceptance of different future technologies, as well as what wants and needs they have for adequate technologies. 

Project information:


Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung of North Rhine-Westphalia

Call for proposals by NRW excellency competition "Humanities design future prospects."

Funding period:

07/2005 - 12/2006

Team members:

Prof. Dr. phil. Eva-Maria Jakobs (coordinator)
Textlinguistik  und Technik-Kommunikation, RWTH Aachen University

Prof. Dr. phil. Reinhard Fiehler
Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft, University of Bielefeld
Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS), Mannheim

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Henning Wallentowitz
Abteilung Verkehr, Institut für Kraftfahrwesen, RWTH Aachen University

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. med. Steffen Leonhardt
Lehrstuhl für Medizinische Informationstechnik, RWTH Aachen University

Prof. Dr. phil. Martina Ziefle
Communication Science, RWTH Aachen University

Project publications: 

Jakobs, E.-M.; Lehnen, K.& Ziefle, M. (2008). Alter und Technik. Eine Studie zur altersbezogenen Wahrnehmung und Gestaltung von Technik. Aprimus.
Jakobs, E.-M. & Ziefle, M. (2008). What is the problem- Age or Technology? International Conference on Health Care Systems, Ergonomics, and Patient Safety (HEPS).
Wirtz, S., Ziefle, M. & Jakobs, E.-M. (in press). Autopilot versus hearing aid – domain- and technol¬ogy type-specific parameters of older people’s technology acceptance. Full paper at the 9th Inter¬national Conference on Work With Computer Systems, WWCS 2009, Beijing, China.
Ziefle, M.; Pappachan, P.; Jakobs, E.-M.; Christen, F. & Wallentowitz, H. (2007). Experimental evalua¬tion of visual interfaces of In-Vehicle-Information-Systems. In A. Toomingas, A. Lantz & Th. Berns (Eds). Work with Computing Systems. Stockholm: Royal Institute of Technology.
Ziefle, M.; Pappachan, P.; Jakobs, E.-M. & Wallentowitz, H. (2008). Visual and auditory interfaces of advanced driver assistant systems for older drivers. In K. Miesenberger et al. (eds.): ICCHP 2008. LNCS 5105 (pp.62-69). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.