Projects

2022-2023

Older adults' loneliness and social isolation

Collaboration between Brunel University London and Tampere University. Project funded by Research England funded I3 strategic collaboration project and Tampere University basic funding. Researchers at SPREAD: Fernando Nieto, Rosana Rubio-Hernández

2021-2024

2021-2022

Implementation of contextual complexity in AI-based assessment systems of older people's social isolation (AIsola)

Project for interdisciplinary research with Tampere University's and external partners within The Intelligent Society Platform (INSO), an Academy of Finland funded (2019-23) profiling action that seeks to strengthen cooperation on the TAU strategy axis society–technology. Consortium: SPREAD (coordinator, Faculty of Built Environment); ETLab Emerging Technologies Laboratory (Faculty of Social Sciences); Centre of Excellence on Research in Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare), GEREC Gerontology Research Centre (Faculty of Social Sciences); FAST-Lab. Future Automation Systems and Technologies Laboratory (Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences); TLTPOS Signal Processing for Wireless Positioning Group (Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences). External partner: Sointu Senioripalvelut (Tampere). Researchers at SPREAD: Fernando Nieto, Rosana Rubio-Hernández

2020-2022

Sheld-on. Smart Habitat for the Elderly

Participation in EU COST Action ‘Sheld-on. Indoor living space improvement: Smart Habitat for the Elderly’ (CA16226). Working Group 4 ‘Solutions for Ageing Well at Home, in the Community and at Work’. Researchers at SPREAD: Fernando Nieto, Rosana Rubio-Hernández

2020-2021

Intelligent social technologies enhancing community interaction and sustainable use of shared living spaces in superblocks (SocialBlock)

Project for interdisciplinary research with Tampere University's and external partners within The Intelligent Society Platform (INSO), an Academy of Finland funded (2019-23) profiling action that seeks to strengthen cooperation on the TAU strategy axis society–technology. Consortium: IHTE Human-Centered Technology (coordinator, Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences); ETLab Emerging Technologies Laboratory (Faculty of Social Sciences); POLEIS Politics of Space and the Environment (Faculty of Management and Business); SPREAD (Faculty of Built Environment); CME Construction Management and Economics (Faculty of Built Environment). External partner: Hiedanrannan Kehitys Oy (Tampere). Researchers at SPREAD: Fernando Nieto, Rosana Rubio-Hernández

2020

Building for a Healthy Climate (Build4Clima)

Co-creation project funded by Business Finland in collaboration with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The project's vision is to build for a healthy climate with materials that support people’s health and well-being. External partners: national and international companies and architecture offices. Researchers at SPREAD: Fernando Nieto, Simon Kay-Jones, Rosana Rubio-Hernández

2019-2021

2019-2020

Social Robots and Ambient Assisted Living: the Independence and Isolation Balance (SOCIETAL)

SOCIETAL aims to address the inherent contradiction between the will for autonomy and the risk of loneliness in ICT solutions and robotics employed for elderly care from the multidisciplinary perspective of the social sciences, technology and architecture. Pilot project within The Intelligent Society Platform (INSO), an Academy of Finland funded (2019-23) profiling action that seeks to strengthen cooperation on the TAU strategy axis society–technology. Consortium: SPREAD (coordinator, Faculty of Built Environment); RobotsUs (Faculty of Social Sciences); ROSE Robotics and the Future of Welfare Services (Faculty of Social Sciences); TLTPOS Signal Processing for Wireless Positioning Group (Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences). Researchers at SPREAD: Fernando Nieto, Rosana Rubio-Hernández

2019-

Experiencing Biomaterial Agency through Spatial Assemblages: How the Material World Energises Spatial Experiences

The project addresses the emergent intersection between spatial and experiential design with biomaterial agency and explores the development of a theoretical framework to understand how materials and their assemblages produce spatial qualities, how those qualities may be measured, and how through the architectural project this understanding can lead to the implementation of new design strategies and tools in spatial assemblage for architects. Researcher: Simon Kay-Jones. Supervisor: Fernando Nieto

2019

Ease of Space: Design Framework for Smart Age-Friendly Cities (EoS)

EoS is a multidisciplinary project addressing the challenge posed in cities worldwide by the unprecedented increase in life expectancy with the twofold goal of delivering a design framework and transferable methodology as well as building an international and multisector network of experts, stakeholders, and communities in the context of age-friendly cities. Researcher: Rosana Rubio-Hernández. Supervisor: Fernando Nieto

2019-2020

Turku Science Park as a laboratory for creative encounters and the development of interactive urban culture

Original project's title: Turun tiedepuisto luovien kohtaamisten laboratoriona ja vuorovaikutteisen kaupunkikulttuurin kehittäjänä. Consortium: City of Turku, Turku Urban Research Programme (funding partner); University of Turku School of Economics, Centre for Collaborative Research (collaborator); TAU Faculty of Built Enviroment (collaborator). Researcher at SPREAD: Jenni Poutanen. Supervisor: Panu Lehtovuori