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02: Ambient Assisted Living

Breakout / Working Group
in deutscher Sprache

This working group is held in thematic cooperation with the working group “SOCIAL BUSINESS – HOW TO SOLVE SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN AN ENTREPRENEURIAL WAY” of the Alpbach Economic Symposium.

The concept of “ambient assisted living” (AAL) comprises technologies or services meant to guarantee enhanced independence mainly for elderly people in their own homes. AAL concepts can also contribute to ease the burden on public finances. Many individual AAL solutions are already being applied, an overall concept, however, is rare. We will discuss what AAL can contribute technologically and financially to ease the burden on public budgets and how overall concepts can be implemented successfully.

Member of the Board, Kapsch BusinessCom AG, Vienna
Geschäftsführer, EvoCare GmbH, Nürnberg
Chief Executive Officer, Philips Austria GmbH, Vienna
Geschäftsführer, Hilfswerk Österreich, Wien
Leiter, Abteilung "Interaktive Multimedia Appliances" sowie Sprecher, Fraunhofer Allianz "Ambient Assisted Living", Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung, Darmstadt
Vice Rector for Research and Innovation, Medical University of Vienna; Member of the Steering Committee, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Chair
Geschäftsführer, Industriellenvereinigung Wien Chair
Projektleiter, Industriellenvereinigung Wien Coordination


Member of the Board, Kapsch BusinessCom AG, Vienna

 Studium der Handelswissenschaften, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
 Executive MBA, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien und Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
 Postgraduate Trainings, London Business School, Insead, Harvard University, Stanford University
 Debis Systemhaus Österreich GmbH
2002-2010 T-Systems Austria GmbH, Wien
2006 Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung, T-Systems Austria GmbH, Wien
seit 2010 Mitglied des Vorstands, Kapsch BusinessCom AG, Wien

Dr.-Ing. Achim HEIN

Geschäftsführer, EvoCare GmbH, Nürnberg

1982-1984 Apprenticeship Precision mechanic
1982-1985 Apprenticeship Information technologist
1986-1988 Military service
1988-1992 Graduate Engineer (Electrical Engineering), Polytechnic of Giessen
1996-1998 Graduate Engineer (Communications Engineering), University of Siegen
1998-2000 Siemens Business Development, Basic research and development
since 2002 Owner of Dr.Hein GmbH
2000-2002 Managing director of evosoft Tele Care GmbH
since 2003 Executive of the Centre for Teletherapy e.V. (ZTT e.V.) Curator of ACCESS e.V.
since 2006 Managing partner of blande GmbH
 Dozent an der Universität Siegen und der Fachhochschule Gießen-Friedberg


Chief Executive Officer, Philips Austria GmbH, Vienna

 Managing Director, Philips Medizinische Systeme GmbH, Vienna
 Business Line Manager, Philips CMS 11 European Small Countries, Vienna
 Country Manager, Austria & Switzerland Hewlett-Packard / Agilent Technologies


Geschäftsführer, Hilfswerk Österreich, Wien

 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften an der Universität Wien,
1989-1991 Vorsitzender der Österreichischen Hochschülerschaft
1991-1995 Büroleiter im Generalsekretariat der ÖVP, Erstellung des aktuellen ÖVP-Grundsatzprogrammes
1995-2001 Geschäftsführer, Julius Raab-Stiftung, Wien
seit 2001 Geschäftsführer, Hilfswerk Österreich, Non-Profit-Organisation im Sozial-, Gesundheits- Familien- und Kinderbetreuungsbereich
seit 2008 Zusätzlich Geschäftsführer der Hilfswerk Personaldienstleistungs GmbH, (24-Stunden-Betreuung), betreut im Hilfswerk u.a. das Thema AAL

Dr.-Ing. Reiner WICHERT

Leiter, Abteilung "Interaktive Multimedia Appliances" sowie Sprecher, Fraunhofer Allianz "Ambient Assisted Living", Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung, Darmstadt

1999-2004 Senior Researcher, Zentrum Graphische Datenverarbeitung (Augmented Reality und CSCW) (ZGDV), Darmstadt
2004 Bereich Computer Graphik, Technischen Universität Darmstadt.
seit 2005 Leiter, Abteilung Interaktive Multimedia Appliances, Fraunhofer Institutes für Graphische Datenverarbeitung (Ambient Intelligence and Ambient Assisted Living) (IGD), Darmstadt
seit 2007 Sprecher, Fraunhofer-Allianz "Ambient Assisted Living", 13 Fraunhofer-Institute im Bereich AAL

DI Dr. Michaela FRITZ

Vice Rector for Research and Innovation, Medical University of Vienna; Member of the Steering Committee, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1989-1994 Master studies, Department of Materials Science, ETH Zurich
1994-1995 Diploma thesis, Washington Research Centre, W. R. Grace, Columbia, Maryland, MD
1995-1998 Research assistant; Teaching assistant, Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology, ETH Zurich
1996-2000 Ph.D. studies, Department of Materials Science, ETH Zurich
2000-2001 Ph.D. scientist, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA
2001-2004 Business development, Bioscience, Infineon Technologies AG, Munich
2005-2010 Head, LISA - Life Sciences Austria, Technology & Innovation, Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH, Vienna
2006-2010 Managing Director, LISA VR, Life Science Austria Vienna Region, Vienna
2010-2015 Head, Department Health and Environment, AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna
2012-2016 President, AAL Austria, Vienna
since 2015 Vice-Rector, Research and Innovation, Medical University Vienna
Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Joanneum Research, Vienna
since 2018 Head, Scientific Advisory Committee Health Symposium and Member of the Steering Committee, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

Mag. Johannes HÖHRHAN

Geschäftsführer, Industriellenvereinigung Wien

1997-2001 Studium der Betriebswirtschaftslehre Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
2001-2005 Industriellenvereinigung Wien:
  Assistent der Geschäftsführung
  Geschäftsführer der Jungen Industrie Wien
2004-2010 Industriellenvereinigung Österreich:
  Bundesgeschäftsführer der Jungen Industrie Österreich
  Vorstandsmitglied in YES Young Entrepreneurs for Europe
2005-2008 Industriellenvereinigung Wien:
  Stellvertretender Geschäftsführer der IV Wien
  Geschäftsführer der Jungen Industrie Wien
seit 2007 Beiratsmitglied EWF-Holding
seit 2009 Industriellenvereinigung Wien:
  Geschäftsführer der IV Wien

Technology Forum

show timetable


08:00 - 10:30Technology Brunch hosted by Standortagentur TirolSocial
11:00 - 11:10Welcome statementPlenary
11:10 - 11:30Opening of the Alpbach Technology Forum 2012Plenary
11:30 - 12:15Opening SpeechesPlenary
12:15 - 13:05Powering the FuturePlenary
13:25 - 14:55Global Earth Research – Research for the Future of the Globe in cooperation with the Helmholtz Association of German Research CentersPlenary
14:55 - 15:45The Fight against Cancer – Breakthroughs and ExpectationsPlenary
18:00 - 19:30The global Competition for Production and Research – who will determine the Future?Plenary
19:30 - 21:30Evening Reception hosted by Forschung AustriaSocial
19:30 - 21:30Career Lounge – Evening event with a buffet dinner for students, graduate scientists and young professionals, hosted by the organisers of the Alpbach Technology Forum and Siemens AG ÖsterreichSocial


07:00 - 13:30Working Group 01: Key Technologies – a Future for Europe’s YouthBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 02: Ambient Assisted LivingBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 03: Smart City – Human beings at the Focus of AttentionBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 04: Demographics and Human Resources as an Opportunity for InnovationBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 05: The Location of future Production Sites – Decision Criteria, Opportunities and RisksBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 06: Supporting Careers in ScienceBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 07: Key Elements of successful Innovation CulturesBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 08: Learning through innovative Education NetworksBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 09: Wanted: young, technologically savvy, curiousBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 10: Smart Governance for smart SpecialisationBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 11: Medical technology: challenges and opportunitiesBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 12: Cyber-security as a critical factory of stabilityBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 13: Modern Technologies and their Role in Democratic ProcessesBreakout
07:00 - 16:00Junior Alpbach – Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
07:45 - 13:00Special Event: RTI Internationalisation in Austria and the EUBreakout
14:00 - 15:15Individualisation – the Basis for Education and InnovationPlenary
15:30 - 17:30Pathways to the Nobel Prize – Laureates in Conversation with Austrian Junior Scientists in cooperation with the Foundation Lindau Nobelprizewinners Meetings at Lake ConstancePlenary


07:00 - 08:30Emerging Technologies that will change our Lives – a Selection of EU “Flagship Projects”Plenary
08:45 - 10:00Future Scenarios: how long can we plan ahead?Plenary
10:00 - 11:05The physics of footballPlenary
11:05 - 11:15Closing StatementPlenary
11:20 - 12:00Snack ReceptionSocial