The history of the iHomeLab is closely connected with its founder Prof. Alexander Klapproth.
Alexander Klapproth, a graduate electrical engineer from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), was appointed lecturer for computer technology and electronics at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in 1994. In the run-up to the reform of the universities of applied sciences, Prof. Klapproth began to develop application-oriented research activities and received project funding from CTI for the first time in 2001. In 2004, together with partners Siemens, Microsoft and Zühlke, he founded the CEESAR (Center of Excellence for Embedded Systems Applied Research) at the University of Lucerne. By this time, the center had grown to 8 employees and provided embedded systems research services to its partners.
In 2008 he opened the iHomeLab Visitor Center together with more than 50 partners from business and industry, which provided a sustainable growth impulse for research in the field of building intelligence. Behind the iHomeLab is a team of 25 employees. Research is developing smart systems for buildings and people based on the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and big data. Among other things, it contributes to the successful implementation of the energy strategy and enables people to live and live independently and safely into old age.
In February 2017 Prof. Klapproth retired and handed over the management of the iHomeLab temporarily to his deputy Dieter von Arx.
From April 2018, the iHomeLab competence centre of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts will be under new management. Dr. Andrew Paice has been recruited for this position. The Australian-Swiss dual national studied Applied Mathematics at the University of Western Australia and holds a PhD in Systems Engineering from the Australian National University. He then worked at the University of Bremen and at ABB Switzerland. He joined Schindler Aufzüge AG in 2011, most recently as Head of Modeling & Validation.
In November 2018 the iHomeLab celebrated its 10th anniversary. With the anniversary the orientation was also adjusted. The iHomeLab now concentrates on three research areas: Active Assisted Living, Smart Energy Management and Safe Building Intelligence. According to the motto «Living in the future. Today.»