iHomeLab Living Lab

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Prof. Alexander KlapprothHead of CEESAR-iHomeLabSchool of Engineering and ArchitectureLucerne University of Applied Sciences and ArtsTechnikumstrasse 21 CH-6048 Horw Switzerland Tel: +41 41 349 35 99

Email: info@iHomeLab.ch or alexander.klapproth@iHomeLab.ch

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iHomeLab Living LabThe iHomeLab Living Lab (The Swiss Think Tank and Research & Open Innovation Laboratory for Building Intelligence) of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences (LUAS) is the leading research centre for building intelligence in Switzerland. Connected within a broad network of experts, it also engages in international initiatives to further develop these fields, contributes to scientific conferences and trade fairs and actively takes part in shaping new standards and technologies being a member of several standards organisations (e.g. ZigBee Alliance, KNX Scientific). Together with its industrial partners, the iHomeLab Living Lab team conducts applied research to increase the energy efficiency, security and comfort in residential as well as commercial buildings. The research strategy focuses on the three research areas of energy efficiency (EE), ambient assisted living (AAL) and human building interaction (HBI) under the roof of the meta- research topic “The Building as a System” of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences.

 

Description

The vision for the iHomeLab Living Lab appeared in the year 2000 when the gap between academia, industry and wide public has been identified. This combination of different parties brings the unique added- value to the user driven open innovation process. The wide network of industrial contacts has allowed securing funding for the visionary Building Intelligence research, innovation Living Lab and networking platform with multidisciplinary consortium of around 80 partners partners like Siemens, Landis+Gyr, Schindler, ABB, Swisscom and around 15 full-time researchers.The iHomeLab Living Lab today is the Swiss think tank for building intelligence and building automation. Recently completed, it is continuously upgraded and managed by its team. The iHomeLab Living Lab sensitises experts and public to the increasingly popular topic of intelligent living and building intelligence.Applied research projects are conducted in interdisciplinary teams together with research and industrial partners and technologically focused on building automation network infrastructures based on IP (IP to the field, the Internet of Things, web services, smart objects), wireless mesh networking technologies, indoor- localisation systems, ambient awareness, user-centric / context-sensitive services, plug-and-play protocols, adaptive / intelligent control systems applying artificial intelligence, semantic buildings, energy visualisation, load control infrastructures, smart metering and smart grid applications, multimedia content management, pervasive and embedded computing. The aim is to create innovative low-cost, low-power solutions that are accepted by the humans using it and have a high potential to hit the mass market.

 

References and Track Record

The iHomeLab Living Lab Facility provides an integrated, sophisticated, state-of-the-art environment to demonstrate the results to experts and the public. Since its opening in 2008, over 5000 people have visited the iHomeLab Living Lab in over 300 events. The iHomeLab Living Lab platform brings together stakeholders from different application domains with the goal to set-up innovative, interdisciplinary research projects in order to create applied, mass market ready building and home automation solutions based on open industry standards.Different types of the iHomeLab Living Lab activities/events involve different type of users from industry, academia, healthcare, politics and wide public into the innovation process. Every activity / event contributes into the sustainable bidirectional know-how transfer between our laboratory and stakeholders resulting in new scientific projects, studies, trials, prototypes, showcases, business plans and spinoffs.

 

ContactProf. Alexander KlapprothHead of CEESAR-iHomeLabSchool of Engineering and ArchitectureLucerne University of Applied Sciences and ArtsTechnikumstrasse 21 CH-6048 Horw Switzerland Tel: +41 41 349 35 99 Email: info@iHomeLab.ch