The healthcare sector is under pressure. There is a vital role for both designers and engineers to provide concrete new solutions to help tackle increasingly difficult challenges. Warm technology is a perspective for design that puts people first, in particular, people living with dementia.
Currently, more than 55 million people live with dementia worldwide. Dementia is a syndrome – usually of a chronic or progressive nature – that leads to deterioration in cognitive functioning beyond what might be expected from the usual consequences of ageing. Dementia is distressing for everyone who must deal with it. The associated cognitive changes can have a significant impact on day-to-day communication, making participation in social interactions increasingly challenging.
With warm technology, the focus is put on improving the quality of life and wellbeing of people with dementia. In this concept, technology is used as a means, not a goal. The technology is developed not only for, but together with, people with dementia and their environment. Warm technology ensures that the needs of both the people needing and providing care are met, thus enabling a positive transformation in health.
Dr. Rens Brankaert is an assistant professor of active and healthy ageing, with a specific interest in dementia. As part of the systemic change group in TU/e’s Department of Industrial Design,. he set up and leads the TU/e expertise center for Dementia & Technology. He approaches technology design from a person-centered perspective and is interested in the impact of design on the various stakeholders and organizations in healthcare. Earlier this year, he was awarded the Young Outstanding Researcher Award by the Alzheimer Nederland foundation.
You can visit this program on campus or watch it online via a livestream in MS Teams.
On campus: ticket reservation required
This program will take place on campus for a limited group of visitors. The number of visitors that we can accommodate for this program is limited due to the Covid-19 measures. Making a reservation via the website (black "order" button) is therefore mandatory if you want to attend this program on campus.
Via livestream: do not reserve a ticket
This program will also be streamed live via MS Teams. You can attend by clicking on this LINK TO LIVESTREAM. Students who want to register for SG& USE should log in with their TU/e student email account and watch the entire program.
Please do not book a ticket if you want to watch the livestream.
SG & USE registration
Please register your participation on the spot when attending the program on campus, by scanning your student card before the start of the program at the venue.
Online via livestream:
- Do not make a reservation if you want to watch the program online via the livestream.
- You can only register for SG&USE if you watch the entire program live via MS Teams and are logged in with your TU/e student email account ( i.e., you can’t watch it at a later time) and if you complete an online SG&USE registration form within five minutes after the end of the program. Before the program starts, we will explain where and when you can find the link to the registration form. You will need to have your student ID number on hand because you'll need it to fill out the form. Please make sure your registration is done properly, otherwise we will not be able to verify that you were present.
- 300 online viewers can enter the MS teams environment to watch the livestream. First come, first serve, so make sure you are on time, also to qualify for the SG&USE registration!
More information about SG & USE can be found here.