The Digital Life Centre is a research lab at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. We focus on sensors and digital information in everyday life. Applied research is carried out on technology, big data and design methods. The Amsterdam region is our 'Living Lab'.


Playful Data-driven Active Urban Living (PAUL)

The project ‘Playful Data-driven Active Urban Living’ (PAUL) project focuses on how the physical activity of urban dwellers can be encouraged through the use of personalized app technology. In a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, the Federal University of Sao Paulo and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, a team of researchers develops data-driven methods to encourage people to be physically active, for example through feedback on physical activity, motivating messages or games. The project is conducted by a multidisciplinary team from movement science, psychology, artificial intelligence and computer science.

EyeBeacons: Wayfinding in Public Spaces

Van A naar B navigeren is een essentieel onderdeel in ons dagelijks leven. Voor mensen met een visuele beperking is dit proces vooral een opgave, omdat ze beperkt gebruik kunnen maken van ruimtelijke oriëntatie en aanwijzingen in de omgeving. Project EyeBeacons richt zich op het ondersteunen van mensen met een visuele beperking bij het navigeren in de openbare ruimte, om daarmee een verbetering te bewerkstelligen in hun mobiliteit, onafhankelijkheid en sociale participatie.

Smart Play Sets

Kinderen ontwikkelen zich allemaal op een ander tempo. Op jonge leeftijd zijn er vaak grote verschillen in de motorische vaardigheden van kinderen. Binnen het project Smart Play Sets onderzoeken we of het mogelijk is om spelletjes te ontwikkelen waarmee we kinderen met een motorische achterstand kunnen herkennen.


Estimating the risk of falling is important for a targeted intervention to prevent falls. The BRAVO project studies new technologies to estimate the risk of falling in realistic environments. It also studies the acceptance of such technology.


FIT: Personalized support for people with dementia for independent living


Maintaining an active lifestyle is good for our health, but not everybody can find the motivation to exercise. Within the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences project BAMBEA we research how beacons with a smartphone app can be used to give motivate outdoor exercise.

Look! A healthy neighbourhood

Slotermeer is a neighbourhood in the Amsterdam district of New-West with a low socio-economic status. The most prominent problems in the area are related to obesity and mental health. The project Kijk! Een gezonde wijk aims to improve the well-being of the residents of Slotermeer area by giving them an active role in mapping out the physical and social problems at the district, which will be used as a basis for devising solutions together with the residents.


Co-Care-IT focuses on the iterative development of a system for supporting the care between informal and formal care providers. User-Centred Design is central to this project.


Stimulating and maintaining an active lifestyle is vital to the large group of older people with early functional limitations. The Digital Life Centre develops digital support for a home-training program.

Virtual Worlds for Well-being

Well-being is important for both young and old, and in this digital technologies can play a role. This project focuses on the use of virtual worlds and sensors.


Better wayfinding for visually impaired people: Integrating haptic feedback via a smartwatch

( 2017 ) Joey Van der Bie, Christina Jaschinski, Timon Van Hasselt, Jan Koopman, Somaya Ben Allouch & Ben Kröse Paper presented at Vision 2017 download

Detecting delays in motor skill development of children through data analysis of a smart play device

( 2017 ) Jörg Sander, Antoine de Schipper, Annette Brons, Svetlana Mironcika, Huub Toussaint, Ben Schouten, Ben Kröse} Proceedings of the 11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare download

Products as Agents: Metaphors for Designing the Products of the IoT Age

( 2017 ) Nazli Cila, Iskander Smit, Elisa Giaccardi, & Ben Kröse Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

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