Dementia care is undergoing a major transformation as a consequence of demographic aging and technological developments. New tracking, sensor and assistive technologies have become available to monitor and support the behavior of people with dementia. The aim is to promote independent living, detect or predict impending problems, relieve caregiver burden, and increase the overall quality and cost-efficiency of care. These socio-technical systems are using artificial intelligence, semantics and human interpretations. This project consortium examines 'co-intelligent sensory dementia care' (CISDEC) systems in the everyday life envi-ronment of informal as well as institutional care settings. By combining approaches from technology assessment and empirically informed ethics, we investigate social acceptability and moral assessment of stakeholders from different backgrounds (patients, family caregivers, professional caregivers) using qualitative empirical methods. The ethical analysis focuses on two important norms of dementia care: privacy and empowerment. The project will provide reports, articles and demonstration videos to inform developers in engineering/informatics as well as researchers in the field of ethical, legal and social aspects, stakeholders (e.g., patient organizations) and policy makers how to incorporate ethical and social concerns of users and other stakeholders in technology development and dementia care.

Short Facts

  • Project title: Ethical and Social Issues of Co-intelligent Sensory Dementia Care (EIDEC)
  • Sub-project at MMIS: Value-sensitive und affect-aware design – (Kirste; Teipel)
  • Runtime: 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2022
  • Sponsor: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Budget: 188.000 Euro at MMIS
  • FKZ: 01GP1901C

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