Aims of the COADAPT project

Ageing citizens face difficulties in remaining active if having reduced capabilities due to age-related conditions and challenges posed by knowledge digitalization, the accessibility of digital channels, digital interfaces, and digital socialization. The aim of the COADAPT project is to provide a framework that will serve as a change-enabler identifying key aspects that support a two-way adaptation:

  1. Human adaptation support: COADAPT empowers ageing citizen to adapt to changed conditions through a personalized Artificial Intelligence Conversational Agent providing comprehensive change support based on language and physiological analytics.
  2. Work systems adaptations: COADAPT defines three types of smart adaptations in work systems: smart shift scheduling, individual cognitive workload in assembly stations and adaptations to work tasks in contextually recommended applications for cognitive augmentation.

In the COADAPT, FIOH is the Work Package leader for the Co-adaptation framework for active aging (WP1), which consolidates the information on active ageing principles for technology design, the framework for computerized worktime planning and the growing knowledge base for optimal change strategies for active aging. Furthermore, FIOH will conduct an intervention study of smart shift scheduling tools adapting to ageing workers´ needs.

What FIOH will study?

In the WP1 FIOH is responsible for applying work ability framework for worktime planning with computerized methods. The objective is to define a hypothesis for the characteristics of working hours supporting work ability among ageing workers. Data from the Finnish Public Sector Study will be used to explore longitudinal associations of changes in working hour characteristics among younger and ageing employees in relation to changes in sickness absence and work ability.

Subsequently, a quasi-experimental intervention study on smart shift scheduling provides information on working hour characteristics (e.g. night shifts, average weekly working hours) that can influence the well-being and work ability of ageing employees. Smart shift scheduling tools are studied in the Finnish public sector to explore whether considering the needs of ageing employees’ shift scheduling preferences and recovery time can improve their capabilities and well-being.

Dissemination of the COADAPT project results

The COADAPT leverages technology and data to provide opportunities for ageing citizens to continue being active at work and in personal life. The COADAPT will empower ageing citizens in improving their health considering physical activity, sleep and flexible working time arrangements. Moreover, the project will promote using ICT applications improving digital literacy and social networking.

The results of the smart shift scheduling intervention study will be utilized in the new versions and recommendations of future shift scheduling tools in the health and social care sector in relation to ageing. We will update our interactive web-based portal giving feedback on the characteristics of working hours based on the results of the project.




EU Horizon 2020, research partners

Research partners

University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, consortium leader prof. Giulio Jacucci, giulio.jacucci(at)
Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
Bnp S.r.l., Cittadella, Italy
Electrolux Italia, Italy
Etsimo Healthcare, Turku, Finland
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland
IDEGO, Rome, Italy
Innovation Sprint, Brussels, Belgium
University of Padova, Padova, Italy
University of Trento, Trento, Italy

COADAPT – Supporting the ageing citizen by Human and Work Adaptations