INGEMA is a non profit foundation founded in 2002 to conduct state-of-the-art research. From then Ingema has grown from a local-focused institute to become an internationally known centre with a solid project portfolio in Spain and Europe, as well as an active partner to universities and institutes in North and South America. Presently, more than fifty projects have been or are being carried out within one of Ingema’s four main research lines:
The promotion of active ageing and the prevention of dependence
Rehabilitation and compensation of fragility and dependency
Ingema Foundation is Spain’s leading private research institute on ageing and disability, supported by one hundred and twenty-one years experience of Matia Foundation hospitals and day care centres. With headquarters in San Sebastian and facilities in Madrid, Ingema currently employs more than twenty researchers coming from different countries and from multidisciplinary backgrounds such as psychology, medicine, chemistry, biology, sociology, nutrition, statistics or economics.
Ingema takes part in basic research initiatives and also in international multi-partner R&D projects aiming to target the world’s transformation towards an ageing society with inclusive policies for all ages and all people, regardless of their disabilities. For instance, Ingema actively plays a key role in projects funded by the European Commission under FP6 and FP7 such as Hebe , Soprano , Iward , Vital , CompanionAble , i2home , Hermes or Tecforlife , as well as AAL.-funded undertakings including AmiE or Bedmond .
At the national level, Ingema is officially linked as “Joint Unit” to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC in Spanish) and the first of its kind in the field of ageing to accomplish this official category.
Build upon a new series of industry standards (ANSI/INCITS 389ff) for interfacing networked appliances by means of a Universal Remote Console (URC).
Use an architecture that incorporates a Universal Control Hub (UCH) as core component which provides and manages the communication to networked (off-the-shelf) home appliances and consumer electronics devices through industry networking protocols.
Adaptable interfaces that are particularly targeted to persons with cognitive disabilities and older persons by the UCH.
ANALYSIS - during the first phase the project is collecting requirements for the project meaning that, for instance, the project partners responsible for the contact with the participants will select participants and by different means collect the technical requirements based on the needs of the participants.
IMPLEMENTATION - during the second phase the technical requirements are implemented.
TESTING - during the next phase the technology will be installed so that the participants have access to it and can try it out. Goal of testing is to verify the technology is feasible, usable and that the technology is intuitively accessible for the participants.
EVALUATION - in the final phase the test results are evaluated and fed into the new iteration.
Tangible results of the project include a deeper understanding of the criteria for accessible design with regard to our target users, contributions to international standards, and the commercialization of the developed and evaluated Universal Control Hub technology.
Objective: designing a new generation of systems for homes that provide comfortable services, easy to use and adapted to the needs of seniors and their caregivers, and an affordable cost so they can live at home, independently, as long possible.
Objective: provide the synergy of Robotics and Ambient Intelligence technologies and their semantic integration to provide for a care-giver's assistive environment. This will support the cognitive stimulation and therapy management of the care-recipient. This is mediated by a robotic companion (mobile facilitation) working collaboratively with a smart home environment (stationary facilitation).
Objective: creation of a new cluster of research on assistive technologies (AT) in San Sebastian and improve coordination of local actors working in this field by acting as a catalyst and facilitator at the regional level.