Participatory design for challenging user groups - A case study

Immo Colonius, Sandra Budde, Roberta Annicchiarico

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Motivation - To develop the interaction design of an intelligent assistive device and environment for elderly people suffering from disease-related cognitive deficits within an interdisciplinary and international development team. Research approach - Combining two different participatory development methods in order to involve both the development team and the real end-user. Findings/Design - Scenarios were used to develop an idea of interaction design which were later adapted involving the real end-users in a operational prototyping phase. Research limitations/Implications - Operational prototyping is done involving 21 end-users. Evaluation with a larger group is an open issue. Originality/Value - The research makes a contribution of how to involve both application domain experts and cognitively impaired end-users in the development process of interactive systems. The value added consists of a successful field study and experience how to create an efficient workflow. Take away message - Participatory design for people suffering from cognitive deficits is challenging but possible.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECCE 2010 - European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics 2010: The 28th Annual Conference of the European Association of Cognitive Ergonomics
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event28th European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics 2010, ECCE 2010 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: Aug 25 2010Aug 27 2010


Other28th European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics 2010, ECCE 2010


  • Cognitively impaired users
  • Interdisciplinary development team
  • Operational prototyping
  • Scenarios
  • User-centred design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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