Contact info: Dr. Barbara Klein (,
Inga Schlömer (,
Holger Roßberg (

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (FRA-UAS)

FRA-UAS belongs with ca. 12,471 students, 230 professors and more than 500 research and administrative staff to the major Universities of Applied Sciences in Germany. Students come from more than 100 nations. The four faculties:

(1.) Architecture, Civil Engineering, Geomatics; (2.) Computer Science and Engineering; (3.) Business and Law (4.) Health and Social Work enable interdisciplinary science, development and research. Interdisciplinary cooperation is embedded in the processes of the FRA-UAS. Each Bachelor student has to pass a course modul (Studium Generale) where three of the faculties have to be represented by lecturers and all faculties have to be represented by students.

Since 2005 a Master degree course ―Barrierfree systems‖ clusters architecture, informatics, engineering, social work and health and qualifies for interdisciplinary system solutions in the healthcare sector. FRA-UAS has an international profile in science and research and can account for experiences in international and European research projects. Science and research are supported by a vast variety of laboratories amongst others a laboratory for robotics research and the permanent exhibition and research centre “Independent Living Centre”. Prof. Dr. Barbara Klein is the responsible coordinator of the Independent Living Center. It displays a wide range of assistive technologies and associative concepts such as barrier-free, universal design, ambient assisted technologies and robotics in the healthcare sector. The Independent Living Centre was honoured by the Hessischer Staatspreis für Universelles Design Anerkennung (Hesse National Award for Universal Design – Recognition).

Role in I-SUPPORT:

  • FRA-UAS will bring in the project expertise in sociology and behavioural issues.
  • They will analyse the user and carers‘ requirements and collect all necessary additional input from carers and senior users in order to elicit models of senior users‘ abilities, actions, habits and behaviour related to the bathing activity.FRA-UAS, with the help of FSL and BETHANIEN, will also study and model the way in which cognitive impairments may affect the bathing activities of senior citizens. They will contribute to the definition of use cases and functional specifications of the system.
  • FRA-UAS will be one of the 3 I-SUPPORT partners bringing expertise about user perspectives and 1 of the pilot sites where the I-SUPPORT system will be demonstrated to end users and where investigation of usability and acceptability aspects will take place.FRA-UAS will organise several focus groups and demonstration events addressed to frail senior citizens as well as their carers and industry/service providers.
  • FRA-UAS will also monitor that gender and cultural/religious background will be taken into account during the ISUPPORT research.
  • FRA-UAS will act as the dissemination manager and coordinate dissemination activities of the project.