Establishing procedure for measurement of elderly people preference and acceptance of natural materials with wearable sensors

Author:  Dr Agnieszka Landowska STSM Period: 2018-03-20 – 2018-03-27
ECI: No
Hosting institution: Laboratory of Wood Surface Characterization, CNRIVALSA), San Michele all’Adige, Italy.
From ITC: Yes

Summary
STSM Objectives One of SHELD-ON objectives is to develop multifunctional furniture and living spaces for the elderly people. It is expected that this STSM will provide scientific basis regarding human perception and preferences measurements. It might be then applied for future selection of materials used for design and development of multifunctional indoor environments for elderly people. This STSM will investigate how natural materials and their attributes (colour, texture, smell, degradation stage) influence human perception. Wearable sensors will be used to capture real time responses related to human sensitivity to selected materials. Experimental data will be postprocessed and analyzed in order to develop measurement protocol to be later used for fast screening of customer’s preferences. The works fit well into both WG1 and WG2 objectives. Description of the work to be carried out by the visitor at the host institution Works to be performed before STSM at GUT: selection of sensors, modification of software, adjustment of experimental set-up. Works to be performed before STSM at Ivalsa: preparation of representative samples, preparation of testing room, organization of testers group. Works to be performed during STSM:

1. Getting familiar with work on bio-based materials performed at CNR-IVALSA (National Research Council – Trees and Timber Institute)

2. Presentation of work on emotion recognition and user experience tracked with physiological sensors performed at Gdansk University of Technology.

3. Definition of user, definition of goals and system requirements, experimental design.

4. Preparation of experimental set-up for measurement of elder people behaviour with wearable sensors.

5. Preparation of assessment criteria and detailed evaluation procedure.

6. Trial testing of new experimental configuration. 4. Justification for choice of host institution IVALSA (host institution) has several years of experience in tracking human perception of materials. GUT (visiting institution) has several years of experience in using wearable physiological sensors in tracking human experience.

The joint STSM provides a unique opportunity to share knowledge and to develop new procedures for tracking human.