In recent years, the development of new technologies, the gradual downsizing of the hardware, its price reduction and connectivity have led us to see the environments where we live in a different way.
Increasingly, it is more common to find smart devices, from a smart washing machine, which tells us how many degrees we put the water for our clothes, to a system that constantly monitors a person and automatically detects any anomaly.
For this reason, the CEATIC has opted for the installation of an intelligent lab dependence C6-109, facilitating their researchers to study people's behavior and habits in a controlled and monitored environment.
The laboratory is equipped with over 130 sensors of 30 different types, enabling us to conduct the study and monitor the people who are in it.
The smart lab is located in building C6, dependence 109. The lab measures about 25 square meters.
The laboratory is divided into three parts: kitchen, living room and bedroom.
- XBOX ONE Kinect
Sensors & Devices
In this section the sensors and devices that we are using in this Laboratory are shown. Nowadays, there are a lot of devices and sensors in the market, but we are using the most popular.
In CEATIC we are looking for new sensors and devices that can be programmed with standard protocols. This is so because some enterprises are using closed protocols in their devices and this makes difficult the interconection with others devices.
Below, the most important devices and sensors we are using are shown:
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The SmartThings sensors are a single line of sensors of very powerful performance marketed by Samsung.
SmartThings devices use a standard Zigbee to communicate with SmartThings Hub. Apart from these sensors, SmartThings provides SmartThings Hub, a central unit for wireless sensors, supporting more than 200 devices.
Our Laboratory has the following devices and sensors:
- Samsung SmartThings Hub. This hub is connected wirelessly with a lot of intelligent compatible devices. It is the manager and supervisor of home environment.
- SmartThings Arrival Sensor. SmartThings Arrival Sensor can send some notification when people, animals and cars arrive or leave the environment.
- SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor. This sensor can monitor if the doors, windows and tanks are open or closed. Moreover, these sensors can get the value of temperature and vibration in the place where they are situated.
- SmartThings Motion Sensor. The SmartThings Motion sensor can control when there is any movement at home and send notifications when it detects that we are outside. Thanks to sensor, we can turn on the light when we arrive at home.
External link: Samsung SmartThings
Philips HUE & Philips Hue bridge (HUB)
Philips Hue lighting systems are "smart bulbs" that offer wireless control of light bulbs, as well as the ability to change the colour of the bulb on some models. Philips Hue lights can be used with Kodi in at least two ways:
- Dimming and/or turning lights off during video playback.
- Ambient TV lighting when using colour Hue bulbs.
The Philips Hue bridge (HUB) is all you need to set up your personal Philips Hue system. This is actually the brain of the operation that enables you to control all of your Philips Hue products via the Philips Hue app. Once you have installed the Philips Hue bridge and downloaded the Philips Hue app on your smart device, you can set your imagination free and build your very own system!
In CEATIC we are using Philips Hue bridge (HUB). Below, three kinds of bulbs we are using are shown:
- Philips HUE Lux: Adjustable Intensity Bulb. (Light tungsteno).
- Philips HUE Hue GU10: Type Bulb A, with change of colour and adjustable intensity.
- Philips Hue LightStrips: A band of LED light, with change of colour and adjustable intensity.
External link: Philips HUE
The Raspberry Pi is a series of credit card-sized single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and developing countries.
All models feature a Broadcom system on a chip (SoC), which includes an ARM compatible central processing unit (CPU) and an on chip graphics processing unit (GPU, a VideoCore IV). CPU speed ranges from 700 MHz to 1.2 GHz for the Pi 3 and on board memory range from 256 MB to 1 GB RAM. Secure Digital (SD) cards are used to store the operating system and program memory in either the SDHC or MicroSDHC sizes. Most boards have between one and four USB slots, HDMI and composite video output, and a 3.5 mm phone jack for audio. Lower level output is provided by a number of GPIO pins which support common protocols like I²C. The B-models have an 8P8C Ethernet port and the Pi 3 has on board Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth.
In CEATIC we are using Raspberry Pi to make a standard hub to interconnect some devices. The software used is openHAB
External link: Raspberry
The laboratory has developed an intelligent floor with technology SensFloor of Future-Shape.
The SensFloor technology can detect the conductivity through the surface location and movement of people and objects in the laboratory. SensFloor can capture information wirelessly for further analysis.
External link: Future-Shape
Withing Smart Body Analyzer (WS-50)
Smart Body Analyzer is not a simple digital scale but a device that can allow us to control the weight and corporal composition. Thanks to Bluetooth connectivity, Smart Body Analyzer is very easy to configure in the iPhone, iPad o iPod Touch. After measuring, the scale loads and sincronizes your data through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. This scale allows to control until 8 different users with different profiles.
Smart Body Analyzer can measure weight, heart rhythm, and air quality.
External link: Withing
Mother (Hub) and Cookie (Sensors)
Mother (Hub) and Cookie (Sensors) are intelligent devices designed to help you at home. They have a central hub which collect all information proportioned by the sensors through the communcation standard ZigBee. Nowadays these devices have a lot of apps and we can access to a public API to develop a new app.
API Sense apps availables:
- Home motion alert.
- Help to be in shape.
- Remember to take medicines.
- Intelligent Alarm.
More applications of Cookie (Sensors):
- Movements analysis
External Link: Mother
Estimote Beacons are small wireless sensors that can be adhered in any place or object.
This sensors transmit radio singal (Bluetooth LE) that any smartphone can receive and interpret later. Thanks to this singal, we can calculate the distance between the sensors installed and you.
Developer SDK: GitHub Estimote
External link: Estimote Beacons
LG WATCH URBANE
LG Watch Urbane has a full metal body with an interchangeable stitched genuine leather strap. The stainless steel body is accentuated with a narrow bezel that gives the device the sleek lines of a classic timepiece. A device fit for any occasion—dust tight and water resistant to wear everywhere, without a second thought.
Your watch can connect to your phone via the cloud, so you don't always need your phone with you to stay connected.
The LG Watch Urbane includes always-on apps to keep the display from going dark when running, navigating or even grocery shopping. The screen is only full color when you're actively looking at it—so you get the info you need, and you save on battery life.
External link: LG Watch
Sonos PLAY. is a wireless system of music. This offers a pure & clean sound, perfect for a kitchen, a bedroom, an office or any other room.
Wireless communication: It uses Wifi tecnology 802.11b/g a 2,4 GHz to communicate. Moreover, SonosNet system can be used using Wifi encoding with AES algorithm to reduce WiFi interferences.
External link: Sonos Play
Everspring Contact Detector
The principal advance this device contributes to is the compatibility with any receptor that supports the Z-Wave communication standard in the frequency 868.42 MHz. After installing it, we need a Z-Wave Hub to receive the signal issued by the device. This Hub will be in charge of receiving the data issued by the device and executing the order that we have programmed. Then, it will be in charge of sending the user a notification through his mobile phone and tablets.
External link: Everspring
Withing Pulse 0x
This smart band helps you improve your health. Thanks to the internal sensors, it is able to get the following values: step, walking distance, altitude, burned calories, dream cycles, cardiac rhythm, level of Oxygen in blood. All these information is sent to a mobile device through Bluetooth.
In CEATIC new apps for health are being developed using the smart band Withing Pulse 0x.
External link: Withing Band
Fibaro Flood Sensor
The Fibaro Flood Sensor is the most technologically advanced, most functional, yet amazingly aesthetic flood sensor available in the world today. Before design process started, Fibaro engineers tested most of the battery powered flood sensors offered. None of them met our expectations. That's why we started working on our own design, meeting high expectations of our customers. That's how the Fibaro Flood Sensor was born - a flood sensor equipped with new technology providing safety for you and your family. All of wich closed in a miniature, compact enclosure.
External Link: Fibaro
Fibaro Door/Window Sensor
The Door/window sensor is a battery powered reed sensor. Its operation under the z-wave standard guarantees compatibility with the Fibaro Intelligent System and other Z-Wave gateways. The sensor expands the capabilities of the system by monitoring the opening of doors, windows and garage doors. It is used in automatic light control, access control and home security systems. Installation of the Door / Window Sensor in your home increases the safety and comfort of its inhabitants. It also eliminates the risk of high fees for heating or air conditioning. In addition, the module can be equipped with a temperature sensor, and use the built-in binary input.
External Link: Fibaro
Fibaro Motion Sensor
In conjunction with the immutable laws of architecture and the latest technology, the FIBARO Motion Sensor was created – your eye on the home. Inspired by the beliefs of the ancient Egyptians, we have designed the world's smallest, wireless motion sensor and shaped it like a cat's eye. For centuries the cat symbolized a guardian of people and the home. Additionally, it is known as a predator with excellent eyesight, above average hearing and exceptional vigilance. The FIBARO Motion Sensor is as sharp as a cat's eye; it sees wider and farther so it can notice what you are unable to see. It has a wide field of view, long range and is incredibly vigilant. Not only will it make your life more comfortable, but it will also make you feel safer.
External Link: Fibaro
Harmony Ultimate Hub
Harmony Ultimate Hub, a device that allows any mobile device based on iOS or Android to become a powerful remote control for TVs, A / V receivers, hi-fi equipment and other types of developments in the consumer electronics segment . The small receiver had previously been part of a few packs of solutions from the Harmony range, but the makers of the company have decided to market this small device separately to extend its versatility. The Logitech Harmony Ultimate Hub works together with the free application for iOS and Android Logitech Smart Control, from which we can control the access to the playback and configuration functions of the electronic devices we control with our peculiar remote control.
External Link: Harmoy
NFC tags are passive devices, which means that they operate without a power supply of their own and are reliant on an active device to come into range before they are activated. The trade-off here is that these devices can’t really do any processing of their own, instead they are simply used to transfer information to an active device, such as a smartphone. In order to power these NFC tags, electromagnetic induction is used to create a current in the passive device. We won’t get too technical on this, but the basic principle is that coils of wire can be used to produce electromagnetic waves, which can then be picked up and turned back into current by a another coil of wire. This is very similar to the techniques used for wireless charging technologies, albeit much less powerful.
External Link: NFC-TAG
Neural oscillations are rhythmic or repetitive electrochemical activity in the brain and central nervous system. Such oscillations can be characterized by their frequency, amplitude and phase.
Brainwave entrainment is a colloquialism for 'neural entrainment', which denotes how the aggregate oscillation frequency, resulting from synchronous electrical activity among ensembles of cortical neurons, can adjust to synchronize with the periodic vibration of an external stimulus, such as a sustained acoustic frequency perceived as pitch, a regularly repeating pattern of intermittent sounds perceived as rhythm, or a regularly intermittent flashing light.
In CEATIC we are using the brainlink device to research on brain health through mobile apps.
External link: BrainLink
EMOTIV Insight is a sleek, 5-channel, wireless EEG headset that records your brainwaves and translates them into meaningful data you can understand. Designed for everyday use, Insight boasts advanced electronics that are fully optimized to produce clean, robust signals anytime, anywhere.
- 5 channels: AF3, AF4, T7, T8, Pz
- 2 references: In the CMS/DRL noise cancellation configuration
- Data transmission rate: 128 samples per second per channel
- Minimum voltage resolution: 0.51μV least significant bit
- Frequency response: 1-43Hz
- Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0 LE
- Proprietary wireless: 2.4GHz band with purchase of EMOTIV USB Receiver accessory for connectivity with non BTLE compatible devices
- Battery: Internal Lithium Polymer battery 480mAh
- Battery life: 4 hours minimum run time
External link: EMOTIV Ingisht
The Emotiv Epoc+ is a recognition based on a neural controller.
The Emotiv Epoc+ technology processes the electrical signals collected from different areas of the brain by electro-encephalography. These signals are sent to a software wirelessly to be interpreted afterwards.
The device has a total of 14 electrodes and a gyroscopic sensor to detect changes in the physical orientation.
In addition, Emotiv provides a complete software development kit for developing applications using the device and a complete store to buy or publish our applications.
External link: Emotiv
Cameras IP D-Link 5020L
This camera allows us to easily connect to the net (Wire o WiFi) to visualize remotely through any device (mobile o PC) the place where they are installed.
Thanks to rotation motor and digital zoom, with this cameras you can visualize any angle of the laboratory. Nowadays they are installed in smartlab CEATIC building C6, room 109. The cameras have restricted access using a password.
External link: 5020
Bioloid Robotics Premium
The Bioloid Premium Kit is the top performing humanoid robots available today. The new CM-530 is a much improved version of the tried and true CM-5 Bioloid Controller, complete with the slick new Robo-Plus software that combines the ease of use of 'building-block' style programming with the logic and flow of the 'C' programming language. A 11.1v 3S LiPo battery pack is not only lighter weight, but provides a higher operating voltage which results in stronger & quicker performance from the AX-12A Robot Servos. The Bioloid Premium Kit brings all of these features along with a slick new aesthetic design, providing one of the most functional and comprehensive humanoid robot kits on the market today!
Humanoids are not all you can build with this kit! The Bioloid system was designed from the ground up to be completely modular; you can build and rebuild dozens of different robots! There are a total of 29 different robot examples ranging from wheeled robots, hexapods, quadrupeds, robot arms, and multiple bipeds including the top-notch Bioloid Premium Humanoid variants.
- Excellent humanoid walking performance (Adjustable posture while walking)
- Various sensors including Gyro, Distance ranger, IR and external IO ports for adding your own sensors
- Remote control capability (Zigbee wireless included!)
- C-Style programming & motion teaching with RoboPlus S/W (USB interface included)
- Transparent humanoid skin for customization
- Digital Packet communication with daisy chain topology
- Building various robots using versatile expansion mechanism
External link: Bioloid
This friendly robot has one purpose: to teach kids that technology can be transparent, proximate and fun. In addition to being a toy, it is also an educational ecosystem with an extensive pedagogical pathway. What's more, it is an open source robot: the physical design, the code and the app have all been made freely available so that anyone can understand it and modify it.
Zowi can communicate and be controlled via Bluetooth using the Zowi App.
Press the buttons at the back you can explore the basic functions:
1. Dance: Zowi will surprise you with original dances moves, thanks to the four motors that operate the feet.
2. Walk and dodge obstacles: Zowi’s eyes are actually ultrasound sensors. Place an object or your hand in front of the eyes and it will dodge them to avoid a collision.
3. It responds to taps on the head and nearby sounds: Zowi has a microphone which it uses to listen to what's happening around it. Trying clapping or tapping it on the head and see how it reacts.
External link: BQ Zowi
XBOX ONE Kinect
Kinect for Xbox One is a natural user interface device that can be utilized by the console's user interface and games, providing a motion controller system that uses an infrared array to detect the presence and motions of players, a speech recognition system, and a microphone and video camera that can be used to record and stream video footage.
The new Kinect features improved motion tracking and voice recognition functionality over its predecessor, including a wider field of view, the addition of a high definition camera, the ability to track up to six bodies at once, and the ability to track a player's heart rate amongst other features.
Amazon Echo (known in-development as Doppler or Project D and shortened and referred to as Echo) is a smart speaker developed by Amazon.com. The device consists of a 9.25-inch (23.5 cm) tall cylinder speaker with a seven-piece microphone array.The device responds to the name "Alexa". This "wake word" can be changed by the user to either "Amazon" or "Echo". The device is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real time information. It can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub.
External Link: Amazon echo
Nest Learning Thermostat
The Nest Learning Thermostat by Nest Labs is an electronic, programmable, and self-learning Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat that optimizes heating and cooling of homes and businesses to conserve energy. It is based on a machine learning algorithm: For the first weeks users have to regulate the thermostat in order to provide the reference data set. Nest can then learn people's schedule, at which temperature they are used to and when. Using built-in sensors and phones' locations it can shift into energy saving mode when it realizes nobody is at home.
External Link: Nest
The Leap Motion controller is a small USB peripheral device which is designed to be placed on a physical desktop, facing upward. It can also be mounted onto a virtual reality headset. Using two monochromatic IR cameras and three infrared LEDs, the device observes a roughly hemispherical area, to a distance of about 1 meter. The LEDs generate pattern-less IR light and the cameras generate almost 200 frames per second of reflected data. This is then sent through a USB cable to the host computer, where it is analyzed by the Leap Motion software using "complex maths" in a way that has not been disclosed by the company, in some way synthesizing 3D position data by comparing the 2D frames generated by the two cameras. In a 2013 study, the overall average accuracy of the controller was shown to be 0.7 millimeters. The smaller observation area and higher resolution of the device differentiates the product from the Kinect, which is more suitable for whole-body tracking in a space the size of a living room. In a demonstration to CNET, the controller was shown to perform tasks such as navigating a website, using pinch-to-zoom gestures on maps, high-precision drawing, and manipulating complex 3D data visualizations.
External Link: Leap Motion
HP PRO SLATE 12
The HP Pro Slate 12 4G is a very versatile Android-based business tablet that responds at your pace both inside and outside the office, with Full HD quality and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. It includes an HP Duet Pen digital pen that will allow you To take full advantage of all its functionalities. With 4G technology.
External Link: HP
SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB S
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is a 10.5-inch Android-based tablet computer produced and marketed by Samsung Electronics. It belongs to the ultra high-end "S" line of the cross between the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Samsung Galaxy S series, which also includes an 8.4-inch model, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. It was announced on 12 June 2014, and was released on July 2014. This is Samsung's first 10.5-inch tablet which is aimed to be a direct competitor against the iPad Air.
External Link: SAMSUNG
The iPad is an iOS-based line of tablet computers designed by Apple Inc. The first iPad was released on April 3, 2010. The user interface is built around the device's multi-touch screen, including a virtual keyboard. The iPad includes built-in Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity on select models. As of January 2015, there have been over 250 million iPads sold. IPad tablets are second most popular, by sales.
External Link: IPAD
In this section the Demo-Projects made in CEATIC Smart Lab are shown
Location Indoor. Beacons location App
By using low energy bluetooth devices and a mobile application, we can perform the localization of a person inside a building. In our case we have used beacons devices for the estimote brand, a mobile phone with Android operating system and an application capable of detecting the different beacons. In the video we can observe the operation of the application for locating inside buildings
Monitoring a smart environment in real time
The application to monitoring intelligent environments, allows us to see in real time the state of distributed sensors in an intelligent environment. This application can have views of different environments, review history of events occurring in the sensors, create new environments, move sensors from sites, export dataset of event log for a while etc.
Subscription to events in a smart environment
This application allows us to receive on the mobile in real time a notification when an event occurs that produces a change of state in one / several sensors. The application is designed for Android devices and receives the notifications from a monitoring service installed in the laboratory
Adaptation of the housing environment according to the user's hourly routines
This application allows us to create hourly routines so that the living environment (light, sound, etc.) suits our needs. For example if we like that an older person knows that he has to go to sleep at 11:00 PM, we can create a routine so that at that hour the light and music that sounds relaxing will start to fade.
App to help with the use of appliances using NFC
This application allows us to visualize on the mobile or tablet videos that are associated with an activity. To do this, we pass through the mobile or tablet with NFC sensor a card previously loaded with the demo video and automatically it will be loaded by the application
Remote control of cameras, lights and home audio
This application allows us to control the cameras, lights and audio in our home. Being able to move the cameras to the place that we want to visualize, to turn on or off the lights on demand or to turn on or to turn off the audio equipment of the house
This application allows us to receive on the mobile a photograph, from the place where we have the camera installed, the moment the presence sensor detects movement in the place. In the video we can see how it works
Automatic opening of smartlab door
This application allows us to automatically open the laboratory door through our mobile. The service implemented by beacons detects the proximity of a mobile that has registered, validates it and, if it is correct, opens the door. The distance is calculated about 3 meters approx.
Human-Machine Interface in a smart environment
Information Retrieval of recipes System (SRIR)
Information retrieval (IR) is the activity of obtaining information resources relevant to an information need from a collection of information resources. Searches can be based on full-text or other content-based indexing. This system consists of basic operations implemented in various forms in the documents that are stored, such as the introduction of new documents, the modification of the stored ones and their elimination
The present application is based on a system of information retrieval of recipes. The operation is as follows:
The user performs a voice query in natural language to the system.
The system searches the document database.
The system computes a ranking to know the most relevant document based on the user's query
The document with the highest ranking is shown to the user via voice
The application is made in Python. The framework used is Flask. Whoosh has been used as indexing and text search library. The ranking function used in information retrieval is Okapi BM25. This function allows you to sort by revelation the documents that contain the words that the user has consulted.
Simulation application for help in intra-urban management.
Today, the term Smart City is well known and brings together different concepts around the management of a city. With an application in the form of video game allows us to make decisions in intra-urban mobility, whether in traffic control, energy saving, public/private transport or technological systems that allow intelligent communication of the entire ecosystem. Such an application can be useful to design and form a provision for public transport, to place new installations, to control traffic, to simulate the mobility of agents through specific artificial intelligence or even to test some search algorithms to find the optimal path to a specific objective
Other SmartLab in the World
In this section other smartlab in the world are shown. Nowadays there is an ample range of intelligent labs in the world, each one having different features and objectives.
Within the laboratories of intelligent environments you cant find a type of these known as LivingLabs.
As we can see in the maps, most of these Livingslabs are placed in Europe and America. For more information on livinglabs in the world see: http://openlivinglabs.eu/livinglabs
We are going to describe in detail some of the smart labs environmet and livinglabs which focus on old and dependent people
Next, we are going to show the smart environmet and livinglabs highlights:
SMART ENVIRONMET - ULSTER UNIVERSITY
Situated within the School of Computing and Mathematics in the Jordanstown Campus. This lab integrates some workplaces for intelligent environments research. It is operated by SERG group.
The SERG group has a vision of: “Through an integrated and multidisciplinary approach advance research to support and monitor people within their home and beyond.” The Group’s strategy is strongly aligned with local, national and European initiatives in the development of technologies for independent living in an ageing society.
This research centre has four intelligent labs. Each Lab has 17 metre square.
At present SERG group has five main themes of Research Activity:
- Wearable Computing
- Autonomic Computing
- Processing and Visualisation of vital signs
- Motion and behavioural analysis
- Mathematical Modelling
External Link: SMART ENVIRONMET
This lab is placed in Madrid. It is devoted to develop new accessible technologies to make the everyday household chores easier.
The CEAPAT objectives are:
- Getting universal accessibility both in the areas of Housing and in the environments, spaces, products, equipment and services.
- Implementing a design culture for everybody
- Facilitating digital interaction
- Ensuring the active participation and interaction of users and all agents.
- Fostering the development, knowledge and application of legal and technical rules.
- Promoting R&D in accessibility, design, products and services.
- Providing information, advice, evaluation and training, managing knowledge profitably.
- Participating in national and international platforms and forums and facilitating coordination between the different agents.
Living Lab Social in real environments - Ageing Lab
Living Lab is a real-life test and experimentation environment where users and producers co-create innovations. It seeks a strong user & stakeholder-driven approach and commitment to iterative design, test and validation of solutions. In this sense, the activities of our living lab revolve around:
- Co-design users, suppliers and designers in developing the concept and definition of the solution.
- Participation and involvement of end users in the process for action research, therefore, we try to implement the proposed solution together with users and producers.
- Exploration of ideas and needs for the discovery of new uses or adaptation of resources.
- The application of live scenarios within the user communities
- Evaluation of concepts, products and services.
- The main applications of our methodology is to offer customized solutions both in research and development, as in the innovation of products and services for the elderly in real environments and live.
- In particular, in the past two years, we have focused our activities in:
- Study of needs and pre-design of new products and services.
- Testing and validation of projects and services for older persons.
Living Lab Social in real environment is able to bring together and engage numerous stakeholders in the aging process, by creating synergies through professional, Collaborative and experts networks.
The development of our Living Lab is made with character intergenerational, involving formal and informal caregivers, professionals and institutions in related sectors to improve the quality of life of the aging process (social, health, tourism, knowledge, etc.)
The user’s categories into living lab can be described as:
- Older people in residential centers, day centers and users of home help service.
- Informal caregivers.
- Professionals of the center (nurses, caregivers, social workers, healthcare professionals, training monitors)
- Coordinators of home help services.
Living Lab Social in real environment offer a comprehensive and direct service providing customized solutions both research projects and in the development as innovation for products and services for the elderly, in order to adapt these products and services their needs.
Enlace externo: AGEING_LAB
INCLUSIVE DESIGN RESEARCH CENTRE - UCD DUBLIN
Established in December 2013, and building upon the move of the SMARTlab team to Dublin with Professor Lizbeth Goodman in September 2010, the new IDRC provides the national and international framework for interdisciplinary expertise to deliver on major research programmes in Research, Policy and Practice for Inclusive Design, including Assistive Technologies for People with Intellectual and other abilities and disabilities. The Centre will be a national resource as well as a main hub of expertise for Europe, to act as a central research support unit to host funded Post-Doc fellows, PhD and MA students, Springboard participants seeking re-skilling for engagement in a more inclusive IT sector and society. The Centre will host a major showcase space where researchers, industry collaborators, clinicians and clients including people with disabilities can work and play together, to achieve new insights into the needs of people of all levels of functionality (intellectual and physical). The Centre will link to the SMARTlab’s Assistive Technology and Multimodal Interfaces equipment and programmes (including the country’s most sophisticated eye control interface systems) and the SMARTlab’s Virtual World and Games for Learning services already as established at UCD, and to the partner labs and centres in London, Toronto and Seattle.
Constituted as a national centre, it will be a locus of research and education, providing postgraduate research training and supervision, and hosting national and international scholars undertaking practice-based clinical and scholarly research in the cognate disciplines of Inclusive Design.
A resource for scholars and practitioners in the Health Sciences and Human Sciences as well as in IT and Technology Development and the industries that support these domains, the Centre will generate much needed additional research capacity for a range of disciplines, and will act as a centre of excellence for the collection and preservation of digital archives of best practice interventions in this important field.
External Link: INCLUSIVE DESIGN RESEARCH CENTRE
This project is an initiative of CitLab-Conellá, i2cat foundation and Barcelona University to give value to the experience and idea of old people in the Knowledge society.
This lab is placed in Barcelona and it is formed by people being older than 50, researchers and other professionals.The project wants old people to be able to help us innovate in the design and building of the Knowledge society.
The SeniorLab objectives are:
- To carry out activities of R&D in ICT with digital medium and products.
- To make a collaborative net for experience exchange between the academic world, industry and society.
- To market the R&D results.
External Link: SENIORLAB