ARC Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living

The rapid growth in our ageing population is a major emerging societal challenge in Australia and around the world. As people live longer, the need to provide aged-care facilities and in-home support increases, but existing facilities and resources struggle to keep up with ever-increasing demands for care and support.

Our focus

The ARC Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living addresses the need for effective, affordable, scalable and safe in-home and in-residential care solutions using current and emerging sensor, interaction and integration technologies – a “smart home” focused assisted living.

The Hub builds and adapts personalised technologies and support infrastructure for “intelligent sensed spaces” in residences – both in-home and managed-care facilities - that realise the related but different needs of both high-quality aging in place and high quality disability and rehabilitation support.

Our research

An important aspect of the Hub’s research is consultation with end users, including the aged, family and carers, and aged care providers.

This “living lab” approach helps our researcher’s develop a solid understanding of what end users need and want from enhanced digital living and what will and won’t work for each individual in order to develop fit for purpose solutions.

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Our impact

Ultimately, the Hub will create a new research and development ecosystem for digital enhanced living involving a range of small businesses and large companies for device, software, integration and deployment of novel medical technologies; revenue from new and repurposed devices, analytics and integration platforms; and new jobs in these areas.

Economic impact

Digital solutions created will shift the cost of care away from the State and carers of those aged 65+ who prefer to live in their own home, people with disability and those requiring rehabilitation services. New service industries for in-home care support will result from technological advances, including care plan and device development and configuration, maintenance and remote monitoring.

Social impact

The ageing process can result in decreasing functional capacity and independence, increasing intrusion by carers. On the other hand, the presence of sensors, though potentially intrusive, is controlled and managed by either the person themselves or by the people who care for that person. Digitally enhanced living spaces provide support for the maintenance of independence, improved social connections, and improved physical and mental wellbeing.

Health impact

The Hub’s research will result in improved in-home and in-care treatments, improved safety monitoring, reduced rehabilitation time, improved mental and physical wellness, and reduced time of cognitive decline.

Our people

The ARC Research Hub brings together 12 partner industry collaborators, and four Australian and six international universities led by Deakin University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor ICT Innovation and Translation, Professor John Grundy and ARC Laureate Professor Svetha Venkatesh.

Researchers at the Hub are drawn from a diverse range of disciplines such as nursing, aged care, palliative care, health informatics, sport and exercise science, human computer interaction, pattern recognition and data analysis and software engineering.

The Hub has close collaborations with research teams from:

Contact us

Professor Kon Mouzakis
ARC Digital Enhanced Living Hub Director
Phone: +61 9246 8041

Alfred Deakin Professor Svetha Venkatesh
ARC Digital Enhanced Living Hub Deputy Director
Phone: +61 5227 2905

Dr Anju Maheswaree Curumsing
ARC Digital Enhanced Living Hub Manager
Phone: +61 3 9244 6587

Hasan Acar
Deakin Research Commercial
Phone: +61 3 9246 8496