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INTRAS Living Lab – MIND lab for AHA & Independent Living

About MINDLab (coordinated by INTRAS Foundation)

  • Year of Establishment: 2012
  • INTRAS Foundation
  • Valladolid, Spain
  • Governance: INTRAS Foundation
  • Type of Living Lab
    • Urban & Rural Living Lab (Rural areas)
    • Living Lab as a service (Government)
    • Living testbed (Technology testing, Tech transfer)
Online Presence
  • Improve social-health care and facilitate independent living of older people and people in a situation of autonomy loss through co-creating innovative solutions;
  • Foster the regional development, looking for greater sustainability and cost-effectiveness of care provision.
  • ENoLL
  • OPEN DEI Healthcare Cluster, Aligning Reference Architectures, Open Platforms and Large-Scale Pilots in Digitising European Industry
  • MIND Consortium ( joined to promote mindful co-design and co-production as a beneficial and effective tool to improve mental health and wellbeing
  • MOAI Labs (Transnational European lab dedicated to multidisciplinary research, development and social innovation focused on Collective Intelligence and Social Health Technology Labs to fight isolation and loneliness)
  • Cluster SIVI (Innovative Solutions for Independent Living)
  • Regional Administrations (local health network and social services)
  • EIPonAHA (3* Ref. Site), Integr@tención, a cross-border innovation ecosystem initiative to generate competitive advantages and regional social impact through innovative solutions for health and wellbeing promotion
Goals & Vision

It is specialized in co-design, co-development, assessment & validation of technological products and services, mainly for people suffering from mental health disorders, older adults and people with disabilities, paying close attention to ecological validity.

Committed with quality Open and Responsible R&I, implementing value driven participation in co-creation and co-design methodologies focused, involving users as co-designers and co-researchers.

Of greater value is the focus on experience-led design for value co-creation, constituting stakeholder’s networks and Groups of Experts by Experience for requirements elicitation and co-design in initiatives oriented towards social and healthcare transformation.

Co-creation activities pillared on principles of cognitive accessibility, equity, empowerment and ethical and meaningful participation of users and other stakeholders. By co-creating alongside with the users, valuing their non-formal knowledge, is a powerful mean to ensure good levels of usability and acceptance, adoption, perception of usefulness.

One of its strategical efforts is on collecting evidences regarding the participatory and co-creative methodologies and better understand the own process of participation in innovation, facilitating the uptake by other relevant players. It requires a continuous work understanding what means a win-win relationship with participants, what is the expected value (e.g. support autonomy, dignity, independence), bearing in mind ethical concerns (e.g. secure, accessible, unobtrusive, dignifying, decision-making respectful/ supporting user to hold locus of control).

Services currently offered by the infrastructure:

  • Among the LL services there is the promotion of participatory actions during projects lifecycle, welfare circuits supported by IT & showcase, studies centred on proof of concept of IT and services, LL testing, trials, management and Exchange with innovation groups (regional, national, European and international: research groups, innovation actions).
  • Among the main achievements are the constitution and consolidation of the first dedicated GEE (Group of Experts by Experience) in the region, transfer of co-creation and GEE’s practice to LL’s connected to the Integr@tención network, the creation of a Transnational Impact Hub for Independent Living and Wellbeing that also implements an acceleration program of products or services close to the market and earned recognition by EIP on AHA (3 stars’ reference site).
  • In 2019 were accounted 17 scientific publications and participation in European Conferences and AHA dedicated networks; 28 involved entities (businesses, universities, Living Labs); more than 20 researchers from internal and external research groups focusing on Active and Health Ageing.
  • Since its establishment, over 1800 users have participated in research activities of the INTRAS living environment and has supported the implementation of various research projects on AHA and independent living.

Previous Projects:

  • CAPTAIN: CAPTAIN used an agile co-creation methodology and engaged older adults throughout the design and development phases for the creation of a digital coach that supports people at their home environment.
  • Integr@tención: INTRAS coordinates Integr@tencion, a cross-border innovation ecosystem initiative recognised as Reference Site of the EIPonAHA (INTRAS: Integr@tención, 3 stars in 2020) to generate competitive advantages and regional social impact through innovative solutions for health and wellbeing promotion.

Running/Ongoing Projects:

  • WorkingAge: the team lead the coordination of the Intervention Design model focused on stress and strain assessment and intervention WP, including the design of the surveillance assessment framework.
  • Assistive Technologies for ADL’s: co-creation process with people with physical/neurologic impairments for the co-development of different assistive devices such as an automated toilet, a smart walker, a assistive shower, and a lower body bed lifter.
  • MOAI LABS: Living Lab for research and innovation in the field of isolation and loneliness is a project coordinated by INTRAS. A Transnational European lab dedicated to multidisciplinary research, development and social innovation focused on Collective Intelligence and Social Health Technology Labs to fight isolation and loneliness. It establishes “Groups of Experts by Experience” and “Early Demand Groups” to combine scientific-technical knowledge with people’s lived experience and co-produce innovative solutions.


Value: support research and design of solutions to support independent living and AHA

MIND-LAB predominantly focuses its multiple activities in the Castilla y León Region (north-west of Spain) in order to improve social-health care and facilitate independent living of older people and people in a situation of autonomy loss through co-creating innovative solutions. The Living lab focus on older adult’s homes settings, both in rural and non-rural areas. Its activities goes from needs analysis, to co-design, to implementation in LL simulated environments and real homes pilots, with analysis of difficulties using. Companies can benefit from the possibility of testing its technology in a real environment and for further improvement of their products in a home environment.

Videos on the Transnational Living Lab Ecosystem coordinated by INTRAS focused on: 1. testing technologies for safe, monitored and independent living at people’s homes and 2. scaling in the different territories Integr@tention

Area(s) of work

Areas of work: Health & Wellbeing, Social Innovation, Artificial Intelligence, Rural

Subsections: Active and Healthy Aging; Independent living; virtual coaching; assistive technology

Staff Expertise

INTRAS Living Lab – MIND lab for AHA & Independent Living] AHA & Indep. Living focused on activities to favour co-design, assessment and implementation of Assistive technology and sensorized homes for supporting daily life and maintain or recover confidence. Main fields of expertise:

  • Participatory Design
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Systems and Software Development
  • Technology Watch and Competitive Intelligence
  • User Experience

Stakeholders Population

Reasearchers at INTRAS Living Lab – MIND lab for AHA & Independent Living have access to the followind stakeholder populatios:

Real-user participants (mostly but not limited to):

  • Healthy older adults (over 50 years old)
  • Older adults with neurodegenerative diseases, mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia
  • Adults and older adults suffering with a cognitive disorder condition
  • Stroke recovery patients
  • Adults and older adults living with significant influence of distressing actors such as isolation and loneliness
  • People with learning difficulties


  • Clinical Psychologists & rehabilitation experts (researchers)
  • Care and rehabilitation services managers and therapists
  • Social workers
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Medical and experts on ageing and AHA
  • Social and Health Services managers, case coordinators and case managers, as well as Reference personal assistant
  • People with technical background (engineering and computer scientists)
  • User experience experts, UI designers and other interested researchers
  • Living Lab and co-creation theory researchers
  • Policy makers


Researchers granted Transnational Access to INTRAS Living Lab – MIND lab for AHA & Independent Living may access the following services:

Networking and capacity building: Capacity building; Expert opinion, and advisory services; Innovation network orchestration; Panel management; Stakeholder (and partner) analysis and mapping. Planning to offer: Equipment and facility rental service.

Project planning and management: Expert opinion, and advisory services; Temporary research funding; Living lab project planning and management; Panel management.

Market and competitor intelligence services: Access to data; Competitor and market analysis and benchmarking; Expert opinion, and advisory services; Post-market surveillance and market acceptance testing; Stakeholder (and partner) analysis and mapping. Planning to offer: Foresighting (trends, weak signals and wild cards).

Co-creation: Co-creation session; Expert opinion, and advisory services; Public procurement support services; Stakeholder (and partner) analysis and mapping. Planning to offer: Foresighting (trends, weak signals and wild cards).

Testing and validation: Clinical trials; Concept and proof-of-concept tests – concept feasibility study; Expert opinion, and advisory services; Idea selection and testing; Impact assessment and validation test; Large-scale real-life testing and piloting; Post-market surveillance and market acceptance testing; Prototyping test; Simulation test; Small-scale real-life testing and experimentation; Usability testing.

Advisory services: Expert opinion, and advisory services.

Marketing and sales support: Expert opinion, and advisory services; Marketing and sales support.

Visit our Living Lab Harmonisation Wiki Page for detailed descriptions of the Research & Development services that Living Labs offer.


Researchers granted Transnational Access to INTRAS Living Lab – MIND lab for AHA & Independent Living may use the following devices and technologies:

Activity Tracking/Monitoring

  • Gait (SmartWatch, FENPS AlfaIOT)
  • Energy expenditure (SmartWatch)
  • Human balance (FENPS AlfaIOT)
  • Movement measurement (FENPS AlfaIOT)
  • Physical activity (Kinect)
  • Physical performance (Gradior active)
  • Sleep (SmartWatch)
  • Steps (SmartWatch)

Assisting Technology

  • Alarm system (Blue Care; Solutia (monitoring system))
  • Engaged users (Gradior, Captain, WAOW Tool)
  • Safe bathroom usage (Assistive Toilet; Cab tech)
  • Safe walk assistance (Smart Walker)
  • Technology Usage habits (Blue Care; Solutia)
  • Video stream (Blue Care; ehcobutler)
  • Voice commands (CAPTAIN; Peper robot)
  • Walking speed (SmartWatch)

→Biometrics: Heart rate (SmartWatch)

Biosignals: EEG (NeuroSky)

Cognitive function: Cognitive training (Gradior Suite)


  • Door operation (CAPTAIN; Blue Care; Solutia)
  • Technical alerts (Flood) (Blue Care; Solutia)
  • Technical alerts (Smoke) (Blue Care; Solutia)
  • Technical alerts (Temperature) (Blue Care; Solutia)
  • Luminosity (Blue Care; Solutia)
  • Indoor movements (Blue Care; Solutia)

Physiological monitoring

  • Patient history & demographics (Gradior)
  • Weight BMI (SmartWatch)
  • Virtual reality (Gradior Suite (Oculous Rift/ Quest; Google VR; HMD Odyssey+))

Virtual reality/interactive technology

  • Web Interaction (Gradior Suite)
  • Gesture detection/smile (Captain)
  • Intuitive user interface (Gradior Suite)

Visit our Living Lab Harmonisation Wiki Page for more details regarding Living Lab technologies and devices.

Use Cases based on Researchers Expertise

The most suitable researcher profiles to be granted Transnational Access to INTRAS Living Lab – MIND lab for AHA & Independent Living are the following (the list is non-exhaustive):

Policy Makers: Studying the impact of new service models or new collaboration models in healthcare, designing or improving policies, gathering requirements for improving health and wellbeing of citizens, co-creation of research methodologies for policy making.

Computer/Technology Scientists: Developing systems/tools/ technologies, testing and evaluating an ICT tool, prototype and real-life testing, computer vision & AI, Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality, Cybersecurity

(Clinical, social, developmental, neuro-) Psychologists: Studying the behaviour and the mental wellbeing of participants, conducting psychometrics evaluation and real-life setting experimentation/observation/real life testing

Social workers/researchers: Conducting an investigation in accordance with the scientific methods and tools, studying the impact of new care models and/or care innovations on society, developing models for a caring and inclusive society

Researchers with clinical expertise: (Doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, specialists, physiotherapists etc.), conducting research of healthcare services and practices, research on symptomatology or epidemiology of a disease, analysis of clinical effects of research performed in the study, e.g., via real life testing

Experts in UX research and assessment: Developing the process for user experience design (UXD, UED, or XD) supporting user behaviour through usability, usefulness, and desirability provided in the interaction with a product or service, addressing all aspects as perceived by users with a focus on the quality of the user experience. Studying and experimenting the best practices for UI/UX and evaluating user’s experience in different situations and while using different tools

Experts in rehabilitation (physical, cognitive): Physiology, physiotherapy, occupational health research, rehabilitation and prevention. Cognitive diseases assistive technology, neuromuscular rehabilitation assistive technology

Business developers: Studying the product-market fit, matching a solution with a societal need, learning about the user acceptance of products and services, as well as about potential products to develop, willingness to pay, business model and ideal route to market

Experts in ergonomics and safety: Implementation and validation of ergonomic technologies/services to support workers and system performance, promoting ergonomics in working environments, improving both health/well-being and productivity, while avoiding occupational hazards

Citizen Scientists / users as co-researchers  User empowerment, training, design, analysis and implementation of strategies and methodologies for user engagement and for raising awareness and generating citizen participation

Biomedical researchers: Studying biochemical and physiological functions, investigating how the human body works with the aim of finding new ways to improve health. Biomedical engineering knowledge (Home hospitalization, Transitional Care, Multifunctional interaction), as well as digital biomarkers analysis (e.g., for cognitive state)

Experts in accessibility Design: Validating accessible Architectonics and escape route models with VR experiment and real-life simulations

Neuroscientists: Focusing on the brain and its impact on behaviour and cognitive functions (cognitive neuroscience, EEG-based BMI research, protocol / paradigm testing, study framework evaluation)

Innovation and design management researchers: Ecosystem and innovation management research, social network analysis. Evaluating how health and wellbeing ecosystem operates between different actors at local, regional, national and international level, including also scaling and commercialization

Experts in organizational studies: Co-creation, experimentation, organizational research, experts by experience / pier support included. Evaluation how multistakeholder collaboration and co-creation is done and how effective it is. Evaluates experimentations and experimentation culture. How users are involved into these processes

Data Scientists: Collecting, analysing and interpreting digital data, such as data analytics in healthcare and digital patient recordings (how patient information recording process is managed and utilized during the intervention by using digital tools in simulated situations)