Rapidly changing, modern society seeks to improve the relationship of man with its daily and limit the causes that make an excluded from social life.The information and communications technology enable the development of palliative that restore the place and the social function of many citizens previously often ignored because of disability or reduced mobility.


Issues addressed by HAAL are quite simple to summarize: This is to develop services for dependent persons (due to age or disabilities) to continue to get involved and to live at home in their environment.  Finally, it is question of accompanying preventively situations of incapacity and future dependencies.

The HAAL project is therefore dedicated to the study, design and analysis services or devices designed to strengthen social ties or relieve the daily lives of people with disabilities, frail or elderly. The works led within HAAL, "sensors to services and vice versa", is driven by the multidisciplinary teams that  make up the inter-pole action.

So theoretical works led, for example, around the observation of  human activity are intended to improve control interfaces but also to provide recommendations for researchers in charge of the design of specific sensors. One of the studied approaches relies on the observation of the use automation for the automatic elaboration of scenarios of commands as well as for the monitoring and the management of alerts dedicated to the circle of acquaintances of the dependent people.


The HAAL transversal project was create in January, 2012.

One of its characteristics is its setting-up on several sites: IMT Atlantique, University of Western Brittany (UBO), University of South Brittany (UBS), functional rehabilitation center of Kerpape.

The project is lead by André Thépaut (IMT Atlantique), and Pascal Berruet (UBS).


Platforms and Living Labs

The HAAL team can rely on the two livings labs "Health & Autonomy" located in Brittany: Experiment'HAAL and Kerpap.


The Experiment'HAAL Living Lab (IMT Atlantique)

Map of the Experiment'Haal Living Lab

IMT Atlantique has funded the creation of the Experiment'HAAL evaluation laboratory (a living'lab of 50m²) that hosts and serves as a demonstrator of several projects.

The Experiment'Haal laboratory (Human Ambient Assisted Living) was labeled by the "Living Labs Forum in Health and Autonomy" in December, 2013.

To promote a multidisciplinary approach, Experiment'Haal is to develop and to host experimental assistive devices with the aim of tests of use. This platform allows testing in-situ services developed in our projects prior to their deployment in real situations. It can obviously be used by our industrial, academic or institutional partners for experiments and observations of habitability and acceptability.

The Kerpape Living Lab (Ploemeur)

Kerpape Living Lab is part of the french "Living Labs Forum in "Health and Autonomy". Integrated in Kerpape Rehabilitation Center (near Lorient), the goal of such a living lab is to bridge the gap between life in a rehabilitation center and life at home.

This intermediate stage, essential for patients to evaluate their autonomy, allows to give precious indications to the multidisciplinary team for therapeutic objectives. The aim is globally to help raising the obstacles for their future home environment taking into account material, architectural, human, psychological or cognitive viewpoints.

It is composed of two apartments (38m² and 77m²) adaptable to physical and cognitive disabilities. Both apartments are equipped differently to fit various situations of disability: from people with tetraplegia with a high level of dependence using an electric wheelchair, to people with a cranial trauma without walking difficulties but having organization and memory disorders.

To meet the needs of occupational therapists, social workers, doctors and engineers of Kerpape Rehabilitation Center, but also to meet the needs of artisans and researchers, Kerpape Living Lab has four objectives:


  • Evaluation of an independent living situation on one week for a patient (possibly with his family, friends...) to help building his life project;


  • Demonstrations / Adaptations / Tests of technical aids, devices, home automation by health professionals with patients and their families;


  • Trainings for craftmens by a multidisciplinary team (occupational therapists, engineers, doctors) about architectural adaptation, accessibility, home automation, etc.;


  • Applied Research for the development and the validation on a real situation of new home automation systems (e.g. validation of KNX communication with the xAAL protocol developed at IMT Atlantique).


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