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Fakultät Sozialwissenschaften


Platform of self-adaptive user interfaces for device operation as individual assistance system

Subproject: User integration

Brief description

Against the background of current changes, digital technologies are gaining in importance. They can help people to lead an independent life in their accustomed domestic environment despite (health) restrictions. However, such technology affects certain living conditions and can fundamentally change them. The increase in digital technology poses challenges, especially for users with little technical affinity, due to their limited experience with technology and the fact that it is perceived as complex to use. In addition, certain groups reject new technological developments because they do not see any added value in them, or for financial reasons, fear of data misuse and the perception of loss of privacy. These are groups that could benefit in a special way from digital solutions. A "digital divide" between people who (can) use technology and those who do not contributes to the worsening of social inequalities.

In order to ensure that as many groups as possible benefit from digital developments, a design oriented to the needs of the various user groups is necessary. The development of a self-adaptive user interface for the operation of devices as an individual assistance system (plug-in), which is accompanied by social science, is intended to contribute to the improvement of individual user-friendliness and social embedding of technological developments.

The basis of the sub-project "user integration" is formed by systematic literature research and empirical secondary analyses of representative survey data. Another objective of the subproject is to ensure that potential users involved in the development process are representative of the target groups. Finally, the consequences of implementing the developed assistance system at micro and macro level will be investigated.

Project term


Cooperation partners

Prof. Dr. Sabine Sachweh (FH Dortmund), Prof. Susanne Lengyel (HS Hamm-Lippstadt), Dr. Thomas Biskup (QuinScape GmbH), Christin Schäfer (acs plus GmbH)

Team of the TU Dortmund University

Prof. Dr. Martina Brandt (project leader), Miriam Grates, Hanna Wilmes


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Digital Platforms)


2022 Grates, M.; Laumert, H. & Brandt, M.: Plattform selbstadaptiver Benutzungsschnittstellen zur Gerätebedienung als individuelles Assistenzsystem (PLUG-IN). Ergebnisse einer Online-Befragung. Dortmund: TU Dortmund, FK Sozialwissenschaften.
2021 Grates, M.: PLUG-IN. Teilvorhaben „Nutzerintegration“. Ergebnisse der Experteninterviews. (Projektinternes Dokument). Dortmund: TU Dortmund, FK Sozialwissenschaften.
2020 Grates, M.: PLUG-IN. Teilvorhaben „Nutzerintegration“. Anforderungsanalyse - Ergebnisse der Literaturrecherche. (Projektinternes Dokument). Dortmund: TU Dortmund, FK Sozialwissenschaften.