SINTEF Digital Human Factor
Human factor is about understanding the interplay between technology, humans, and society. We use this knowledge to develop and evaluate computer systems suited to the needs and requirements of humans and society.
We specialize in tool, methodologies and technologies that promote inclusion of and collaboration among the stakeholders in ICT implementation and digitalization processes. We have a long and broad experience in developing and evaluating welfare technology, ICT-based welfare services and electronic health information systems and services. We are also developing technology for crisis handling, museums and information systems to protect cultural heritage, and for the oil industry.
Community noise is an environmental problem in our modern society. The best way to diminish this nuisance is through good planning, noise minimisation, and taking account of people's reactions to noise. SINTEF is developing tools for predicting noise levels from most community noise sources. Our main goal is the development of prediction tools for use in noise planning and noise monitoring.
The monitoring of critical environmental parameters is particularly important as part of the sustainable development of contemporary society. For example, current levels of marine resource exploitation demand accurate monitoring methods in order to support appropriate management strategies. The same applies to the major pressures exerted on the environment by the shipping and oil- and gas industries. SINTEF ICT is active as a driving force in this field and collaborates both with industry and the public sector to develop methods and technologies for accurate and effective environmental monitoring. Our project activities include;
In order to contribute towards securing sustainable food production, SINTEF ICT has focused on developing instrumentation technologies aimed at obtaining real-time data on foodstuff quality throughout the entire value chain. In this field we work closely with food research institutes, food technology providers and the food industry, and we have expertise in imaging, spectroscopy, acoustics, micro-sensors, X-ray instrumentation, robotics, process control and communications instrumentation. SINTEF ICT has a proven track record in the development of industrial instrumentation systems in the field of food technology, including the following;
Full inclusivity is prerequisite for a better society. Building and developing an inclusive, democratic society is a challenging task for most communities, whether local, regional, national or international, or virtual social media groups independent of political borders.
Information security involves ensuring that information is only available to those who are authorized to see it (confidentiality), that the accuracy of data is maintained (integrity), and that IT systems and other facilities are present and usable when and where they are needed (availability). It's all about bringing the right information to the right people at the right time.
Medical Technology is any technology that may be employed for the safe and effective prevention, diagnosis and treatment of, and rehabilitation after, illness and disease. It encompasses a wide range of products used to diagnose, monitor or treat diseases or medical conditions. Such technologies are aimed at improving the quality of health care by enabling earlier diagnoses, less invasive treatments, and reductions in hospital stays and rehabilitation times.
ICT is essential for operation of our critical infrastructure and to ensure that services function as expected. Our vision is a society in which all electronic and communication systems can be trusted and in which we can govern access to our personal data..
We are now living in a digital, service-based economy. Over the last decade, industries and all other sectors have adopted more service- and user-oriented approaches, placing customers at the centre and basing their communications with them regarding provision and use on the connectivity provided by the internet.
Welfare technology is a strategic initiative in SINTEF. Welfare technology includes technological assistance delivered through technology used by and supporting the user in different interaction within the municipality or between relatives. Welfare technology is spesificly aimed at elderly people, people with chronic diseases or people with activity limitations.
Welfare Technology can help people in their daily lives. Examples include intelligent aids such as cleaning robots, sensors embedded in clothing, and smart homes. Welfare technology is closely linked to Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), but whereas AAL focuses on "addressing the needs of an aging population", Welfare Technology also addresses other users such as the disabled, schools, day care centres and workers in general.
Next Generation Decision Support Tool
Enabling better collaboration between humans and decision support systems in time-critical complex domains
What role can ICT play in supporting unemployed youth in finding and maintaining jobs?
MyCyFAPP aims at the self-management of enzyme replacement in the chronic disease Cystic Fibrosis by means of a mobile application that allows for a personalised and accurate control and monitoring of the disease thanks to the interaction between health professionals and patients.
Smart help for phone users
The elderly may find that using a smartphone is difficult and incomprehensible, while the disabled may encounter problems because phone operation requires delicate motor functions. But one inventor saw no reason for it to be this way – and has found a solution to the problem.
Listening to roads before construction
They're going to build a new road right outside your living room window. The authorities have sent you a 'noise map', but what you really need is to hear what the traffic noise will sound like. Well, soon you can.
Self-training to discourage the jobless from returning to the benefits system
Unemployed people who have spent long periods on benefit become passive, and surrender responsibility for their situation to others. Research is now being carried out to develop a system to help them obtain a sense of empowerment.