Living Labs – From scientific labs to the smart city

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Research laboratories are characterized by the fact that the experiments are carried out under very well controlled conditions. In some research fields, field trials are a well-established methodology where many of the parameters involved are not controlled by the researchers in their experiments. Living Labs can be compared with these field tests, trails and setups. However control of parameters is often not possible in living lab trials and experiments. Data collection is one of the important subjects and tasks in such research. Often, the researchers and research communities are part of these living labs. Hereby the scientific approach has to be carefully evaluated and methods adjusted accordingly.

Examples of living labs can be found across DTU. A very small living lab is made at the Library where a lighting system is established that can be influenced by students and researches through open interfaces. The basic idea is to enable innovators to perform their developments and research in this real world setup and learn to define solutions that are applicable there.

On a larger scale, DTU is promoting the whole campus as a living lab that can be used for research and development by its employees, but also partners from outside. This proposition can be found under the term “Smart Campus” with it’s own homepage. Here you find the example from the library above, the Smart Avenue that enables communication and IT solutions on the campus, enabled through intelligent street lightning that in the same time is part of the Doll Living Lab setup placed in the area.

Lyngby Smart City is a living lab approach facilitated by the City of Knowledge. Together with the labs presented above, we find a direct chain from scientific research labs at DTU over the campus lab, out into the real world living labs near Lyngby and from there into the big smart city of Copenhagen to be promoted to the world markets. This way the value chain “from research to invoice” is instantiated into not only an innovation and business strategy, but rather a research strategy that aims at elevating DTU’s research to an even more leading international position.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventSustain-ATV Conference 2016: Creating Technology for a Sustainable Society - Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Duration: 30 Nov 201630 Nov 2016


ConferenceSustain-ATV Conference 2016
LocationTechnical University of Denmark
CityKgs. Lyngby
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