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MIND-LAB is a living-lab (LL) dedicated to high quality research and innovation, committed with the concept of Open Innovation to address existing and emerging social and health care needs. It is specialized in co-design, co-development, assessment & validation of technological products and services, mainly for people suffering from mental health disorders, older adults and people with disabilities.

MIND-LAB was formally opened in 2012, when it joined the ENoLL community, and it represents an initiative of INTRAS Foundation (MIND LAB founder). This lab is built on a quadruple helix innovation ecosystem in Castilla y León and also coordinates a cross-border innovation ecosystem initiative so called Integr@tención, that encompasses the Castilla y León and North Portugal Region border area. Integr@tención was recognized as Reference Site of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, being awarded with 4 stars, what puts into value its trajectory combining relevant R&D&i projects and a solid model of integrated care into a scaling-up strategy, and its potential regarding good practice exchange and knowledge transfer to other EU regions.


MINDLab is contributing to different SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), especially:

  • SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: as a promoter of Participatory Innovation but also as an ecosystem of access to environments for innovation, facilitating the involvement of Multiactor Communities of Practice.
  • SDG 03 Good Health and wellbeing: as a major promoter of a strategic plan and concerted actions with public and private actors in the region and in the context of transnational collaboration in areas such social and health attention, telecare, rehabilitation and long-term care spheres, Neurodegenerative disorders, Palliative Care, Active and Healthy Ageing, connected care at home, etc.
  • SDG 10 Reduced inequalities: under the umbrella of the availability of assistive technologies and prevention plans to respond to social challenges.


One of the INTRAS/MINDLab core commitments and specialization target the situations of loneliness due to the social perceptions of illness and disability, working for innovating in assistance, holistic and integrated approaches that involve social integration. Loneliness and social isolation in vulnerable people is a first order priority once is a risk factor increasing the probability of events that compromise physical and psychological health, social participation and generate consequences that affect the feeling of belonging leading to a significant loss of quality of life.



MIND-LAB predominantly focuses its multiple activities in the Castilla y León Region (north-west of Spain) in order to improve social-health care and facilitate independent living of older people and people in a situation of autonomy loss through co-creating innovative solutions. Also it aims to foster the regional development, looking for greater sustainability and cost-effectiveness of care provision. It is worth highlighting that its focus is not limited to this local territory. International cooperation activities are greatly fostered at this Living Lab.

The main research and innovation lines of MIND LAB are oriented to the following fields:

  • Connected Social and Health Care. Digital integrated care services at institutional and home environment
  • Cognitive treatment and rehabilitation through technologies, mainly ICT based (e.g. virtual reality, immersive experiences, gamification)
  • User centric design and development of innovative technologies
  • Self-management of health and disease and user’s empowerment
  • Digital training, inclusion and accessibility


Rosa de Almeida [javascript protected email address]
Raquel Losada [javascript protected email address]
Calle de Martín Santos Romero, 1
47016 Valladolid
Artificial IntelligenceCulture & CreativityHealth & WellbeingSocial Inclusion & innovation


MIND-LAB features the implementation of different theoretical and practical methodologies and the involvement of end users throughout all the innovation cycle. Therefore, the Living Lab seeks a strong user & stakeholder-driven approach and commitment to iterative design, test and validation of solutions.


INTRAS counts with a multidisciplinary team (compound by research, clinical professionals and technologists) expert in Living Lab services and participatory methodologies. Of greater value is the experience in user-centric approaches, in constituting stakeholder’s networks and Groups of Experts by Experience for requirements elicitation, experience in developing and implementing co-creation approaches  involving real users (e.g. elderly with cognitive impairment), validation in ecological settings, and experience in co-developing solutions for rehabilitation, transition in care and smart environment for AHA.


Several technological solutions in the field of mental health and ageing have been designed, developed and tested:




  • GRADIOR COGNITIVE: Neuropsychological rehabilitation system enabling cognitive training and recovery of higher cognitive functions addressed both to the elderly population and people with other diseases/disabilities suffering from cognitive decline.
  • GRADIOR ACTIVE: Support system for keeping fit and cognitively active designed to EXERCISE balance, endurance, strength and aerobic capabilities through dual tasks (motor and cognitive tasks). Guided by an avatar character (“personal trainer”) the system aims to improve the physical functionality of the user to better cope with supporting with everyday life situations.
  • GRADIOR MULTI-SENSORY: Interactive virtual reality system for multisensory stimulation therapies using a Snoezelen approach to induce relaxation and activation states (according to therapeutic objectives) and enhance users well-being.
  • A CITY OF MEMORIES: Virtual Reality System oriented to stimulate different types of memory (spatial, implicit, explicit working memory and short-term memory) through highly attractive and realistic interactive environments.


References and Track Record

Some of our current and last projects related to our living lab activities are:


It is worth to mention some relevant awards and recognitions that the Living Lab has recently achieved:

  • Qualified as “4 Stars” Reference Site of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.
  • Innovation prizes received:
    • Social Council Research Award 2022 provided by the University of Valladolid;
    • FEDER Award to MOAI Labs with the 1st prize category European Territorial Cooperation;
    • VI Edition of the DomusVi Foundation Awards, Category: Innovation in the healthcare sector Second prize for NEUROLOGIC, an intervention system to address the deterioration of executive function based on Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies integrating neurofeedback and mindfulness techniques;
    • Life Habitat 2020;
    • Social Innovation Award of La Caixa 2019;
    • Social Innovation Award 2018 by La Caixa, for the project “A World of Emotions” which has the objective of increase the well-being of patients in palliative care by facilitating sensory experiences and using mindfulness techniques provided by the virtual reality system;
    • Winner of The 2018 Living Lab Project Awards by ENoLL for the CAPTAIN Project;
    • Best communication at the INNODOCT Conference 2019 with “Accessible co-creation tools for people with intellectual disabilities: working for and with end-users” (MIND Inclusion 2.0, Erasmus + project).

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