DOMUS' mission

Since its foundation in 2002, the DOMUS laboratory of the Université de Sherbrooke has set itself the mission of compensating for the loss of cognitive autonomy of people using technological solutions. In fact, the DOMUS laboratory wishes to offer products for adapting the living environment when cognitive limitations arise (in the same way as adaptation in the event of physical limitation or mobility).

This is why the Laboratory designs cognitive orthotics (technological solution which compensates for an absent or deficient cognitive function) which are based on the following principles: respecting people's choice, their identity and their privacy; ensure their safety and comfort; promote and optimize their autonomy and social integration. In particular, these orthotics make it possible to:

  • Secure the space (e.g. intelligent safety and prevention system for the stove);
  • Offer televigilance and decision support services (e.g. lifestyle monitoring)
  • Support daily activities (e.g. meal preparation, schedule, taking medication).

These cognitive orthotics have been evaluated (or are being evaluated) through more than twenty clinical or usability studies involving more than 300 people. These studies demonstrate how technologies enhance autonomy and are usable and accepted by people and their loved ones.