CONTACT Social Interaction for Palliative Patients


The project, which is funded by the BMBF, aims to develop an assistive system to stimulate social interaction of palliative patients who live alone in order to promote the implied communication and the exchange of non-verbal situations (emotions and activities) between patients, relatives and friends. In addition, human-machine-interactions are formed multimodal, affectively and all pervasively for the home environment which adapt to the person and the situation. For example, a lamp might inform relatives about the patient´s emotional state by changing its color or brightness. Furthermore, picture frames, which are equipped with sound, may indicate that the people on the pictures are thinking about the patient, and the coffeemaker or toaster being used shows that breakfast is being prepared. Accordingly, these devices will light up and, thus, generate a feeling of emotional closeness.


On this project, OFFIS e. V. is working with the Institute for Palliative Care (ipac), ProSyst, Siemens, YOUSE and datenschutz nord.



Social interaction and the feeling of relatedness are decisively set up by us communicating with fellow humans. Today, explicit communication, like direct conversation, the exchange via email or social networks, is already supported by information and communication technology. Nevertheless, at least as important is the implied, non- verbal communication, f. e. the incidental perception of the emotional state, a performed activity, the environment or the presence of other people. So far and unfortunately, there is no technical support whatsoever for implied communication between spatially separated persons. This is disadvantageous to people who are terminally ill, for social interaction and communication mean a lot regarding quality of life.

Social Communication through HCI at Workplace and in Domestic Life

Anastasiou, Dimitra and Wallbaum, Torben; 09 / 2015

Alleinlebende Palliativpatienten: Soziale Interaktion entlang der zielgerichteten Bedürfnisorientierung für die Entwicklung eines nonverbalen Kommunikationsassistenzsystems

Oliver Böpple and Sebastian Glende; Hanna Haller; Wilko Heuten; Torben Wallbaum; Christine Scheve; Steffen Simon; 8. Deutscher AAL-Kongress 2015 (AAL 2015); 04 / 2015

Forget Me Not: Connecting Palliative Patients and Their Loved Ones

Wallbaum, Torben and Timmermann, Janko and Heuten, Wilko and Boll, Susanne; Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems; 2015

Implementing Data Protection and Information Security in AAL

Oliver Stutz, Sascha Todt and Sven Venzke-Caprarese; Susanne Boll; Wilko Heuten; Torben Wallbaum; 8. Deutscher AAL-Kongress 2015 (AAL 2015); 04 / 2015

Comparison of In-situ Mood Input Methods on Mobile Devices

Wallbaum, Torben and Heuten, Wilko and Boll, Susanne; Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia; 2016

Towards a Tangible Storytelling Kit for Exploring Emotions with Children

Wallbaum, Torben and Ananthanarayan, Swamy and Borojeni, Shadan Sadeghian and Heuten, Wilko and Boll, Susanne; Proceedings of the on Thematic Workshops of ACM Multimedia 2017; 2017

ipac- Institut für Palliative Care e. V.
ProSyst Software GmbH
datenschutz nord GmbH


Start: 31.03.2014
End: 30.03.2017

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Source of funding


FKZ: 16SV6284K