The interdisciplinary Gerontechnology and Rehabilitation Research Group was established in May 2010 as a collaborative research group of the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, the Department of Old Age Psychiatry, and the Division of Cognitive and Restorative Neurology within the medical faculty at the University of Bern. The technical lead of the group is Prof. Tobias Nef. The clinical leads are Profs. Urs Mosimann and René Müri.
Gerontechnology is the study of technology and aging to promote good health, social participation, and independent living. Rehabilitation embraces the coordinated use of medical, social, professional, and technical means to improve function to allow independent participation in all areas of life with acceptable risks and good quality of life. The relevance of these fields increases with the aging of our society. In this context, the group develops and evaluates assistive and rehabilitative technologies to support elderly and disabled people to enhance autonomy and promote independent living while reducing the risks associated with daily living. Current projects aim to promote independence by enhancing in-home mobility as well as mobility and traffic-participation outdoors. Furthermore, the group develops new trainings to strengthen cognitive performance.