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Design Study for the LIVING LAB Research Infrastructure, to research human interaction with, and stimulate the adoption of, sustainable, smart and healthy innovations around the home

Objective

The objective of this design study is to address all key issues related to the feasibility of a new research infrastructure with a clear European dimension, named LIVING LAB, that will: • Advance the field of user centred research (i.e. by studying the interaction of people with innovations for the home), • Test, evaluate and improve innovations for the home, • Foster societal needs such as sustainability and quality of life, • Stimulate competitiveness of European industry (that brings these innovations to the market). LIVING LAB will bring together Europe’s top research institutes and companies to study the interaction of people with technology in the home environment, and to stimulate cooperative projects in the fields of user centred research and product development. A LIVING LAB-core infrastructure will look like an ordinary house, but (invisible to its inhabitants, who are all volunteers) it will have sensors, cameras and microphones that record every aspect of home life. The behaviour and interactions of the volunteers can be monitored at any point in the day throughout the duration of their stay. One key advantage of the LIVING LAB over other simulation setups is that products can be evaluated in a real-life environment, over a prolonged period of time. This way, researchers and product developers can achieve a deeper understanding and uncover valuable insights about how people interact with products, leading to the development of better products, with real benefits for consumers and a better chance of succeeding in the market. In particular, the LIVING LAB will focus on sustainable and quality-of-life-enhancing innovations. As the LIVING LAB research infrastructure will be made up of several LIVING LAB-centres and affiliated research institutes and corporate labs, networked across Europe, parallel research in several facilities can be done, as well as studies into the cultural diversity of European consumers.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions
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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 511 803,28
Administrative Contact
Elly Doek (Ms.)

Participants (6)

WUPPERTAL INSTITUT FUR KLIMA, UMWELT, ENERGIE GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 157 477,50
Address
Doppersberg 19
42103 Wuppertal
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cornelia Meierbröker (Ms.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 146 751,28
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Holger Wallbaum (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 84 231,41
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gonzalo Leon (Prof.)
BASF SE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 322 921,92
Address
Carl Bosch Strasse 38
67063 Ludwigshafen Am Rhein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Roeper (Prof.)
ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 158 117,59
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Verónica María Lipperheide Guzman (Ms.)
PROCTER & GAMBLE INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 118 697,02
Address
Route De Saint Georges 47
1213 Petit Lancy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lianne Pelmi (Ms.)