International and interdisciplinary conference on Friday, October 8th 2021

The research center FUTURE AGING and the master program Inclusive Design of the University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt are planning the international, interdisciplinary and English-language conference "Connected Living".

The conference will be held digitally via Zoom on October 8, 2021, from 9 am - 5 pm.

Participation in the conference is recognized with 8 continuing education points by the Chamber of Architects and Town Planners of Hesse.

International tandem lectures in the morning will cover the topics:

  • Spacial Perception, Urban Dignity and Emotional Spaces
    Fb 1 - Prof. Dr. Caroline Günther
  • Data Protection and Ethical Requirements for Assistive Systems, AI
    Fb 3 - Prof. Dr. Andrea Ruppert, Prof. Dr. Domenik Wendt
  • Preventative concepts for the health care system - Architecture and Technologies
    Fb 4 - Prof. Dr. Barbara Klein

Specific workshops in the afternoon invite to further, more in-depth exchanges and discussions.

The morning will be assisted by written interpreters.

We are looking forward to your registration!

The Connected Living Team

When? – Where?

Friday, October 8th 2021, 09:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Zoom.

Register here

Conference program

09:00 AMOpening
Prof. Dr. Caroline Günther, Frankfurt UAS, FFin
 Opening speech of the vice president of Frankfurt UAS
Prof. Dr. René Thiele
 Opening speech of the hessian minister for digital development and strategy
Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus
 Opening speech of the spokesperson of FUTURE AGING
Prof. Dr. Barbara Klein, Frankfurt UAS
09:30 AM - 1:30 PMInternational tandem lectures
Host: Prof. Dr. Caroline Günther
09:45 AMFlexible Living for Ageing in Place
Dr. Kay Rogage & Prof. Paul Jones, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
Prof. Helianthe Kort PhD, Eindhoven University of Technology, NLD
10:45 AMUrban Dignity and Best Practice Example of Emotional Spaces
Prof. Dr. Ana-Paula Rabello Lyra, Universidade Vila Velha, Brazil
Andra Möhn, Architect, Rotterdam, NLD
11:45 AMMultidisciplinary Requirements for Assistive Systems and Artificial Intelligence
Prof. Dr. Melinda Lohmann, Universität St. Galln, CHE
Prof. Dr. Andrea Ruppert / Prof. Dr. Domenik Wendt, Frankfurt UAS
12:45 AM - 2:00 PMLunch break
2:00 PM - 4:00 PMWorkshops in three groups
  • The ways in which individuals are affected by architecture -
    How architecture influences wellbeing and health

    Prof. Dr. Caroline Günther, Frankfurt UAS, FFin
    Prof. Dr. Gesine Marquardt, TU Dresden
    Andrea Möhn, Architektin Rotterdam, NLD
    David Sim, Creative Designer, Partner Jan Gehl, Copenhagen, DNK

  • Connected Ambient Assistance –
    Achievements within the Last Decade and Prospects for Wearables and Robotics

    Dr.-Ing. Rainer Lutze, Dr.-Ing. Rainer Lutze Consulting
    Prof. Dr. Klemens Waldhör, FOM UAS
  • New technologies for assisted living - Insights into current research projects
    Prof. Dr. Barbara Klein, Frankfurt UAS
    Prof. Glenda Cook PhD, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
    Ana-Maria Salai, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
    Annalies Baumeister, Frankfurt UAS
    Isabelle Brantl, Frankfurt UAS
    Jessica Sehrt, Frankfurt UAS
    Marina Weiland, Frankfurt UAS
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMPodium discussion
Host: Prof. Dr. Caroline Günther


Get to know our speakers

Caroline Günther, Dr.-Ing., Professor of Accessible Design and Building Design, Programm director of the Master's Program Inclusive Design-Inclusive Architecture, Member of the Research Center FUTURE AGING at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. Research fields: spatial and typological development of Inclusive Design, spatial perception, people and space, demographic developments, building structures for housing in old age.

Paul Jones is a Professor of Architecture at Northumbria University; his design research spans wellbeing, sustainability, and housing. Paul is the Director of the ‘Homes for the Future’ Innovation centre at the university; this was established to improve the quality of housing in the UK. Designing houses that enable people to age-in-place, using innovative construction and smart technologies, is an interest area of this research centre. This work is being currently integrated into new housing projects.

Barbara Klein, Prof. Dr., is dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Work, Professor for Organisation and Management in Social Work and spokeswoman of the interdisciplinary Research Centre FUTURE AGING at Frankfurt UAS. She is president of the Austrian-German-Swiss Chapter of the International Society for Gerontechnology and guest professor at Osaka University, Japan. Research fields: Technology-based application fields and acceptance of assistive technologies and robotics in the social care and health sector.

Prof. Dr.
Barbara Klein
Spokesperson research center FUTURE AGING & Head of degree course Digital Health and Case Management (M.Sc.)
Building 2, Room 108
Fax : +49 69 1533-2809

Helianthe Kort, Prof. Dr. is a Full Professor in Building Healthy Environments for Future Users at Eindhoven University of Technology and in Technology for Healthcare Innovations at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences. Her research includes the impact of the built environment on health. She is president of the International Society for Gerontechnology and an Executive committee member of Active Ageing & Design of ECTP.

Go to the page of Helianthe Kort

Melinda Lohmann is an Assistant Professor for Business Law with a focus on Information Law as well as Director of the Research Center for Information Law at the University of St. Gallen (HSG). She is passionate about technology, especially self-driving cars, robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and investigates both how the law should deal with technological innovations as well as how technology changes the legal market.

Go to the page of Melinda Lohmann

Andrea Möhn, Architect and Founder of AM_A Andrea Möhn Architects, an international architectural firm situated in Rotterdam, lecturer at the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam and the Universities of Applied Sciences in Dortmund and Frankfurt. Research fields: Healthcare Design, multi-disciplinary approach based on research and an extensive interaction with clients and users has led to many innovative new concepts, international publications and awards.

Go to the page of Andrea Möhn | mohn(at)

Ana Paula Rabello Lyra, Dr. in City, Health and Safety, Professor of the Architecture and Urban Planning Department and Director of the Graduate Program in Architecture and City at the University of Vila Velha, E.S., Brazil. Head coordinator of the Urban Dignity research group. Research fields: Urban Open Spaces, Social aspects of Urban Planning, Urban Vitality, Urban Fabric Disruption and Urban Dignity.

Go to the page of Ana Paula Rabello Lyra | ana.lyra(at)

Kay Rogage Dr., is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Living and part of Northumbria University’s BIM Academy. Kay’s industry collaborative research spans Computer Science and the Built Environment. Her main areas of interest include Smart Connected Technologies in the Built Environment, such as IoT, Building Information Modelling, Interoperability, Data Visualisation and Data Science. She has a number of peer reviewed publications, a book chapter and successful awards from EPSRC, AHRC and Innovate UK.

Andrea Ruppert, Dr. iur. Professor of Business Law. She serves as managing director of Institute for Mixed Leadership and member of the research center FUTURE AGING. Her main fields in teaching and research are data protection law, corporate law, negotiating contracts and contract drafting. She has professional experience as a lawyer and legal counsel.

Domenik Wendt is a Professor for Civil Law, European Business Law and European Law at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Director of the Research Lab for Law and Applied Technologies (ReLLaTe), member of the interdisciplinary research group FUTURE AGING. Research fields: Development of assistive systems and robotics under consideration of product compliance aspects; Regulation of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Prof. Dr.
Domenik Wendt
Building HoST, Room B 03 312
Fax : +49 69 1533-63876

Get to know our workshops

This workshop will deal with the question to which degree architecture and the built environment influence individual health and wellbeing. It is divided into two parts: in the first part a panel with reknown scientists and architects will discuss about the connection between Healthy Architecture and Emotional Spaces and will provide impetus to the topic. The focus is set on how individuals are affected by architecture and which determinants are necessary in order to secure physical, mental and social wellbeing. In the second part all workshop participants are invited to think about the individual connections between architecture, wellbeing and emotional bonds. This will take place in smaller groups, working on mood boards.

Prof. Dr. Caroline Günther (Professor for Accessible Planning and Building, Frankfurt UAS, FFin) | Emotional Spaces

Prof. Dr. Gesine Marquardt (Professor for Social and Health Buildings, TU Dresden) | Dementia-sensitive Architecure

Dipl.-Ing. Andrea Möhn (Architect, Rotterdam) | Healing Architecture

David Sim (Creative Director, Partner Jan Gehl, Copenhagen)

The workshop will review the important technical achievements of the last decade and analyze the future prospects in the area of ambient assistance systems for elderly persons and/or persons in need of support, in order to enable a self-determined, save and healthy living in their familiar home until very old age. The focus will be as well on stationary as wearables systems and especially on the role of artificial intelligence technology in this field of application.

Moderation: Dr.-Ing. Rainer Lutze (Dr.-Ing. Rainer Lutze Consulting) and Prof. Dr. Klemens Waldhör (FOM UAS)

Keynote: Prof. Dr. David Matusiewicz (Dean and ifgs Institute Director, FOM UAS)

The workshop will present outcomes from the Home Group Innovation Village project in Newcastle (GB) as well as current states of research projects from the interdisciplinary research centre FUTURE AGING at Frankfurt UAS on assistive robotics in health and social care and on qualification in new technologies.

Prof. Dr. Barbara Klein (Frankfurt UAS)

Prof. Glenda Cook PhD (Northumbria University, UK)

Dr. Ana-Maria Salai (Northumbria University, UK)

Annalies Baumeister (Frankfurt UAS)

Isabelle Brantl (Frankfurt UAS)

Jessica Sehrt (Frankfurt UAS)

Marina Weiland (Frankfurt UAS)


Anne Röder
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin Forschungsprojekt „High Quality and Accessible Living Spaces“
Building HoST, Room B-201
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