Capturing Older People’s Cognitive Capability Data for Design

  • Shan Huang
  • Hua DongEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9193)


There is a lack of cognitive capability data in design. Existing capability databases lack consideration of older people who are suffering decline of cognitive capabilities. To explore older people’s cognitive capability data for the design context, two pilot studies were conducted: a small-scale cognitive capability survey in China, and a study of a group of industrial designers’ needs regarding user data. A Framework of user data were developed and key issues for cognitive capability data collection and application in design were identified and discussed.


Cognitive capability User data Design for older people Human factors and ergonomics 



We thank all the people who participated in this study. Many members of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (China) helped data collection in the pilot study; our sincere thanks go to Ning weining, Zhou qian, Cui xiaochen, Jiang yingcheng, Zhang yingyu, Ma xuezi and Zhang wenyun.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Architecture and Urban PlanningTongji UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.College of Design and InnovationTongji UniversityShanghaiChina

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