Open Day on 29 November 2018
We are celebrating our 10th anniversary. To this event we cordially invite the population to an open day. Let us show you the latest research projects in the iHomeLab Visitor Center.
The guided tours are free of charge and last about 30 minutes. They take place at the following times: 13:30, 15:00, 16:30, 18:00
You can register directly with our iHomeLab staff on site. Be curious - a small warming surprise will be provided.
Come and celebrate with us. We look forward to your visit.
National Future Day 2018
The National Future Day was held throughout Switzerland on 8 November. On the campus in Horw, girls and boys were able to gain an insight into everyday working life at the Department of Technology & Architecture and visit the iHomeLab, among other things.
Trade Fair ZUKUNFT ALTER
The ZUKUNFT ALTER trade fair will take place from 30 November to 2 December 2018 at the Messe Luzern. This is already the fourth time that the event will take place. As the only national trade fair, it has become a valuable national contact and advice platform for people who are concerned at an early stage with the various facets of ageing.
The focus of this year's fair is not the deficit-oriented age but the self-determined, active long life. Visit us at our joint stand with Mrs. Sporty. Find out more about our current projects and experience tomorrow's technology today.
More information can be found at www.messe-zukunft-alter.ch
Bau+Energie Messe, 15 - 18 November 2018, BERNEXPO
At the Bau+Energie trade fair, around 300 specialist companies with their products and services will show where sustainable and energy-efficient construction is heading in Switzerland. At the event «Smart Devices and Solutions for the Home» Andreas Rumsch, head of the Smart Energy Management research group, will present a lecture entitled «Smart Energy Management in the SmartHome: Solutions for Energy Turnaround».
The event will take place on Sunday, 18 November 2018 from 13:00 to 14:30 in Foyer 3.1, Forum 1 and is aimed at home owners, investors, architects, planners, installers, real estate experts and people interested in building. The participation is free of charge (registration desired). More information on www.bau-energie.ch.
Project «Pontis» at 2018 Samsung Developer Conference
The iHomeLab and Samsung have developed a prototype in the project «Pontis» that can control a TV by brain activities, enabling users with physical limitations to change channels and adjust sound volume with their brains. «Pontis», supported by innosuisse, aims to provide more accessibility and convenience for everyone, including those with physical disabilities such as quadriplegia. Martin Kathriner, Head Public Affairs, Samsung Electronics Switzerland GmbH will be presenting the project in a session at the 2018 Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco, 7 – 8 November 2018.
FTAL Research Conference, 18-19 October 2018, Lugano
In order to address the growing influence of Data Science, FTAL, the Association of Swiss Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Life Sciences, organises a scientific conference on applied research activities of their member schools in this field. This first joint research conference of Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences on Data Science is designed for scientists, professors, and Master students, as well as for industrial partners. One of the goals of FTAL18 conference is to show UAS’s research and applied activities in Data Science.
At FTAL, researchers of the iHomeLab will present selected results from the NILM@I project. The aim of this project is to apply the latest approaches from Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring (NILM) to the industrial sector. The majority of research in the NILM area is concerned with load breakdown in private households. In the industrial sector, this topic has received little attention so far. Our project shows the possibilities and limitations in this area and aims to make new data sets available to other researchers.
DACH+ Conference on Energy Informatics, 11-12 October 2018
The objective of the DACH+ conference series on Energy Informatics is to promote the research, development, and implementation of information and communication technologies in the energy domain and to foster the exchange between academia, industry, and service providers in the German-Austrian-Swiss region and its neighboring countries (DACH+).
Patrick Huber, researcher at iHomeLab, is presenting a poster at this year's DACH+ conference which takes place in Oldenburg. The poster is designed to answer the question of whether historical electrical consumption data can be used to predict when a device will be in use the next day. The iHomeLab researchers are particularly interested in this in connection with optimising personal consumption and modelling human behaviour. The presented work compares different approaches on different data sets with each other. It turns out that electrical consumption alone, even with complex approaches, delivers only moderately good results and that additional information is probably necessary for a more precise prediction.
Meet&Code event on 10 October 2018 in the iHomeLab
Every year in Europe, free programming courses are offered for two weeks. The aim is to get people excited about ICT, as a large part of the future professions and products will have to do with it. At the Meet&Code event, which started at the iHomeLab Visitorcenter, many facets of the «Internet of Thing» (IoT) were shown. The children helped enthusiastically with the demonstration and were even allowed to operate many devices themselves. Afterwards they learned on a tablet with a graphical programming «language» what to tell the computer step by step until a little cat dances around on the tablet screen. The children's joy at meowing or singing and other cat capers was ultimately only surpassed by the two Lego robots, which they could also program with a building block language. The visitors were enthusiastic about the gained insight into IoT and were amazed how much fun computer science and technology can be.
NILM Workshop in Duisburg, 1-2 October 2018
By measuring the total consumption of a household, is it possible to say when which appliance is switched on and how much energy it requires? This question concerns researchers and manufacturers who met at the NILM Workshop 2018 in Duisburg: the latest approaches, results, applications and industrial products were presented and discussed here. NILM stands for Non Intrusive Load Measurement, i.e. the measurement of loads without specifically connecting them to a measuring device.
Patrick Huber, researcher at iHomeLab, presented the "NILM@I" project at the workshop, which was carried out in cooperation with Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG. In this project, Deep Learning was used to show that load breakdown is in principle feasible even in the hitherto little researched field of industrial production, but that many questions remain unanswered.
EU CODE WEEK on 10 October 2018 at the iHomeLab
Internet of Things - IoT everything is networked! Visit our free event, which is suitable for young and old (from 8 years).
Every year, free programming courses are offered in Europe for two weeks. The aim is to get people excited about ICT, as a large proportion of future professions and products will have points of contact with this topic.
iHomeLab employees will show examples of how people can communicate with electronic helpers, for example by speaking, with objects or by hand signals. We explain how all this is programmed and then we say: tackle it yourself. The participants can make a small figure dance themselves and make virtual balls fly or flash!
The course will take place on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 from 13:30 to 16:30 at the iHomeLab (in German only).
Registration deadline is Monday, 8 October 2018 (the number of participants is limited).
Registrations by e-mail to email@example.com
More information about the course at coding-for-kids-and-seniors.com/
AAL Forum on 24-26 September 2018 in Bilbao (Spain)
At this year's AAL Forum we will be presenting the latest results of our ongoing AAL projects «Home4Dem», «zocAALo», «Kith’n’Kin» and «MyLifeMyWay». One of the highlights at the forum will be our workshop on the «Living Well» project, which we will conduct together with our consortium partners.
More information on the AAL forum and workshop
In our latest project we report about life with the digital assistant Ella. How these can accompany us through our everyday life and thus bring us a better quality of life - regardless of whether we are old, healthy or chronically ill.
More information on the project
Energy Aware IoT Study
The future brings a strong increase in networked devices, the Internet of Things (IoT). An interesting question is whether such devices help or hinder us in the energy transition. On behalf of the BFE, we prepared a study on the subject of «Energy Aware IoT». The aim of the study is to estimate the potential benefits of «Energy Aware IoT» devices in Smart Energy Management applications. To this end, we have analyzed various scenarios and achieved initial results, which we report on in this newsletter. This can form a basis for further research.
More information on the study
Winner of the Eglitrail competition
As part of the Eglitrail of 16 June 2018, the iHomeLab held a competition. The participants could bake an iHomeLab cake and send us a photo. From all the photos sent in, the most creative cake was selected.
The lucky winner is Till Schilliger
(photo of the winner cake)
iHomeLab is testing the Limbic Chair VR
A delegation from LimbicLife, with company founder and designer of the Limbic Chair Patrik Künzler, recently visited the iHomeLab. He also brought along the Limbic Chair VR and demonstrated it on site. The Limbic Chair VR is currently in the offices of iHomeLab, where it is critically tested by our curious staff.
Sitting in the Limbic Chair induces movements that activate the limbic system of the brain, which is responsible for memory and learning processes, motivation, and emotions.
More information on http://www.limbic-life.com/
Eglitrail in the iHomeLab
As part of the «Coop Gemeine Duell von Schweiz.bewegt» the Eglitrail was held in Horw on Saturday, 16 June 2018. With the Eglitrail the groups made themselves analogous to the well-known Foxtrail on the traces of the Egli's and crossed Horw. From 8:00 until 15:15, a group started every 15 minutes. Around 160 adults and children hunted the Horw heraldic animal and experienced the lake community from a different, new and exciting side. Among other things, the Eglitrail led them to the iHomeLab.
Here are a few impressions ...
In the project "MyLifeMyWay" the project team is making good progress with the development of the personal avatar Anne. The roll-out of the improved second version of the system is currently underway with over 60 end users in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium. For this purpose, intensive tests are carried out. New functions such as video communication with personalized contact directory, various games and local radio stations are now available. This allows users an entertaining, interactive use of Anne. Based on the feedback from the first field test, significant improvements in the user interface were achieved. Initial feedback from Swiss users confirms that the project team is on the right track and that the product is developing well.
Some impression of Energy Innovation Forum March 2018
iHomeLab at TecDays in Thun 21 March 2018
TecDays support technology education at secondary schools. Students spend a day attending interactive technology and science modules which offer an insight into practical use and facilitate exciting discussion with specialists.
swisscleantech of 7 March 2018 in Bern
Building services engineering is a market of the future. This was made clear by the spring event «Buildings of the future: high-tech down to the roof» by swisscleantech at the Hotel Bellevue in Bern. The topic of buildings is highly topical.
Building technology can help to solve one of the major challenges of the energy revolution: the storage of summer energy for the winter, which is less energy intensive. But even in winter the sun shines and its energy can be harvested. Photovoltaic facades are particularly suitable for this purpose. Energy supply is one thing, efficient insulation is another. Thick conventional insulation cannot be applied everywhere, however, not in listed buildings or in very expensive locations. The Swiss Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Empa) is therefore working on an aerosol-based insulating material that provides excellent insulation, requires little space and is non-combustible. However, the energy in the building must also be distributed - and should be used when there is enough available. This requires intelligent measuring systems.
But it is not only about energy, as Dieter von Arx pointed out. Thanks to the Internet of Things, completely different applications can be integrated, including digital life companions, as demonstrated by the head of the iHomeLab at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
«SmartNIALMeter» – the key to energy efficiency
The Swiss 2050 Energy Strategy envisages almost all the existing analogue electricity meters installed in Swiss households being replaced with digital smart meters. These new «intelligent» devices record total consumption at short time intervals (seconds to minutes), creating numerous new energy saving options.
The BFE-funded «SmartNIALMeter» project is examining one of these options, the provision of detailed, direct energy consumption breakdowns for individual household appliances such as washing machines, fridges or boilers. This information raises customers’ awareness of how much electricity they are consuming and enables them to reduce this figure by optimizing behaviour.
More information on the project
«Energy Aware IoT» – intelligent efficiency optimization
Analysing overall electricity consumption to identify what individual consumers are using is extremely challenging and not always sufficiently precise. The «Energy Aware IoT» project is therefore carrying out research to determine whether a breakdown of consumption is required or if devices can measure their own energy consumption and make this data available externally.
More information on the project
Energy Innovation Forum, 15 to 16 March 2018 in Zurich
The energy sector is experiencing major change. This year’s Energy Innovation Forum focuses on the challenges, the new roles and the responsibility which energy providers will face. In future they will not only sell energy but also become energy service providers.
Attend the specialist presentation given by our Head of Smart Energy Management Research or visit our stand.
Friday, 16 March 2018 at 09:40 in FORUM B
Specialist presentation by Andreas Rumsch, Head of Smart Energy Management Research
«Smart meters cost money! And generate revenue! The benefits of smart meters for power supply companies and consumers»
Im Projekt «Trans.Safe» zeigen Ingenieure, wie Technik helfen kann, Stress abzubauen. Das Projekt ist Teil des europäischen «Ambient Assisted Living Programme», das technische Hilfsmittel zur Unterstützung von Menschen entwickelt, die selber wenig technikaffin sind. An der Hochschule Luzern forscht das iHomeLab an verschiedenen Themen dazu.
Mehr Information zum Projekt
Research project Kith & Kin
International research project Kith & Kin is working to develop a simple communication device to facilitate the electronic exchange of messages and images. Videotelephony and games are also possible. The communication device is intended for use by all ages, even by those who have no experience with computers or smartphones. The initial prototype is operated exclusively using tangible/haptic objects such as buttons, wheels and cards that show personal contacts.
The initial prototype recently underwent field testing, with six testers testing the functionality of the prototype’s operating elements and communications modules. The testers were able to provide helpful feedback and ideas that will be valuable for the device’s further development.
The prototype has successfully completed testing in Switzerland, with further tests currently being carried out in the Netherlands.
For more information, visit www.kithnkin.eu or Facebook
NILM@I: Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring for Industrial Applications
Industrial facilities have great energy-saving potential. Often, however, there is no information concerning how total consumption is distributed across various loads and the installation of measuring devices for each consumer is expensive. The NILM@I project is thus examining the feasibility of a concept to expand existing power monitoring in industrial facilities by means of a load breakdown system (“Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring”, NILM), thus identifying the consumption of individual consumer groups and devices. NILM takes advantage of the fact that every electrical consumer in a facility has a specific signature – a kind of fingerprint – that it leaves behind in the power network. These signatures can be used to extract individual consumers’ power curves from the total power flow.
The project began in early 2017 under clear KTI (Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency) requirements, including provision of evidence of sufficiently high recognition accuracy and clear differentiation of similar consumers. In the initial project phase, we carried out a variety of measurements in both the HSLU T&A electrical lab and at the production facility of Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG. Using the data obtained during these procedures we were able to successfully test the chosen NILM method. Data processing and load breakdown are cloud-based, allowing existing Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG measuring equipment to be used without any major adjustments being required.
Thanks to the good results achieved in these first tests, at the end of August we were able to demonstrate to the KTI that we are on the right track to achieve the project’s objectives using the chosen NILM method. The cloud-based load breakdown concept was also successful. As a result, the KTI has given us a clear go-ahead to proceed with the project.
The project will run until mid-2018. During this time, we will, among other things, work to improve the NILM algorithms and thus recognition of individual consumers and test them in a variety of industrial environments.
My Life, My Way
«Charles (85) lives independently in a house in a beautiful forest location. It is quiet in the house since his wife has passed away. But now he has Anne, who greets him every morning, tells him his agenda for the day, the news – she knows by now what he is most interested in – and the weather. She reminds him of his appointments, when his favorite television show starts and encourages him to drink some water. Charles tends to forget to drink regularly, which, in combination with his medication, can be quite harmful. Anne also tells him when it is time for his medication and what pills to take so he won’t get them mixed up. Anne even makes video call connections. Every week Charles’ son calls his dad to run through his agenda for the week. Then he puts everything into Anne’s agenda – medication, reminders to drink, favorite TV shows and when to call his grandchildren. Anne gives Charles the feeling of still being very close to his son and part of the family.»
The AAL-funded project «My Life, My Way» will provide a Personal Virtual Assistant (PVA) that enables large groups of people to live independently longer by giving them an easy-to-use, most natural way to interact with supporting technology. While the technology in the background is quite complex, for the end users the PVA is a friendly, human-looking avatar on their tablet. They can speak to the PVA using natural language (localized speech recognition). It is like a modern version of a butler: someone who knows you very well, wishes the best for you and, where possible, serves you discreetly in the background while coming into the foreground if needed. The currently available prototype offers the following features: Calendar, medication, and news. Video calling and home automation are under development and will be premiered at the iHomeLab booth at the annual AAL forum in Coimbra, Portugal this October.
Since this spring we have been running long-term field tests in Switzerland, Belgium, and the Netherlands with elderly people living at home or in assisted homes. Each participant has a tablet with the PVA at his disposal. The project team accompanies their daily use. Interviews and focus groups are used to gather a lot of information directly from the end users (acceptance, usefulness, problems, bugs, wishes). This, in turn, allows the project team to improve existing features and define the most desired features for the next iteration of the PVA, tailored to end users’ real needs.
9th Symposium Stiftung Zukunft Alter (Future of Age Foundation Symposium) – Living and Care, 26 October 2017 in Sarnen
The 9th Schärme Symposium will be held at the Residenz am Schärme in Sarnen from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Its topic this year is “Future.Now – Will Tomorrow’s Technology Benefit Older People?”. The symposium will examine to the extent to which closer cooperation between humans and machines takes the needs of today’s older generations into account.
At 11.50 a.m. our Group Director AAL Research, Rolf Kistler, will give a presentation entitled “Applied Research for Eager Users or Sensors for Seniors?”. A fascinating topic.
For more information on the symposium visit www.schaerme.ch
Messe ZUKUNFT ALTER (Future of Age Show), 13 – 15 October 2017 at Messe Luzern exhibition center
The focus of the 3rd Messe ZUKUNFT ALTER is on self-determined, enjoyable longer lives. A highlight of the show will be the iHomeLab presentation, based around the slogan “Experience the Future”. Our experience workshop will demonstrate how, in perhaps just a few years from now, we could be communicating digitally with other humans and our homes. Young and old will be able to try out digital assistants, virtual spectacles, and simple communications solutions under the guidance of our research team.
Within the scope of a special presentation, Rolf Kistler will be discussing the possibilities that assistance systems offer older people, followed by a discussion with moderator Andy Wolf. The discussion will cover the opportunities, possibilities, and risks involved in using digital technologies in daily life, care, and monitoring settings. The presentation and discussion will take place at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, 13 October 2017 in Forum #2.
Visitors to the show will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the iHomeLab in Horw, with a free shuttle service available from Lucerne Exhibition Center to the lab. Tours will be take place on all three days of the show and begin at 3.00 p.m. Participants can register directly at the iHomeLab booth; by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or by telephone on +41 (0)41 349 35 99.
For more information on the show visit www.messe-zukunft-alter.ch
D-A-CH+ Conference on Energy Informatics 2017, 5 – 6 October 2017 in Lugano
This year we submitted a poster presenting the current status of one of our ongoing projects. The project’s objective is to investigate whether and how well the use of household appliances such as washing machines or dishwashers can be predicted. Datasets for a variety of users are being used to compare various prediction methods. The information should make it possible to identify if there is a best method and whether varying datasets – in other words, differing user behavior – can be predicted equally as well or if there are significant differences. The preliminary results presented on the poster show that the methods developed by Barbato et al. did not provide any usable predictions for the two datasets analyzed.
A summary is available at https://doi.org/10.1007/s00450-017-0367-2
VSE Plant Manager Conference, 5 October 2017, Locarno
This year’s annual VSE (Association of Swiss Electricity Companies) Plant Manager Conference, being held for the 10th time, takes place on 5 October, 2017 at the Hotel Belvedere in Locarno. Our Research Group Director Smart Energy Management, Andreas Rumsch, will be giving a presentation entitled “Building Intelligence: How Can It Help us with Self-Consumption and Self-Sufficiency?” at the conference. The presentation will begin at 10.20 a.m. and is in German.
For more information on the VSE and the Plant Manager Conference visit www.strom.ch
AAL Forum, 2 – 4 October 2017 in Coimbra, Portugal
This year’s AAL Forum will be taking place at the “Convento Sao Francisco” conference center in Coimbra, Portugal. The annual conference for the growing AAL community is an ideal platform to exchange information and ideas on current and possible future AAL Joint Program projects and the commercialization of AAL products.
The iHomeLab booth will again be presenting our current research projects and findings, focusing on how relatives can stay in touch with their nearest and dearest, secure in the knowledge that they are safe in their homes. All attractively integrated into the “Heidi story”.
So, if you would like to find out what connects world-famous Swiss figure “Heidi” with the iHomeLab and AAL, then visit us at our booth.
In addition to this, we will be participating in the Poster section with a contribution on the topic of “Support for Care – Platform for Informal Carers’ Training, Consulting, and Collaboration”.
For information on the AAL Forum visit www.aalforum.eu
ineltec 2017 Innovation Prize
The Innovation Forum in Basel provided participants with the opportunity to present their innovations and business models, followed by a podium discussion with an expert audience. The iHomeLab and its research projects have close links to business and industry, with the lab supporting innovative companies. As an Innovation Forum topic partner, one of our staff members sat on the expert jury that awarded the ineltec 2017 Innovation Prize on Friday, 15 September 2017.
The winners are
1st ecocoach with “smart home energy"
2nd AGRO with “ThermoX LED Einbaugehäuse"
3rd smart-me mit with “Energiemonitoring"
We congratulate sincerely.
ineltec: Exhibition for intelligent building technology
From 12 to 15 September 2017 the ineltec takes place at Messe Basel. The iHomeLab is present there as one of the around 260 exhibitors. Furthermore, we are topics partner of the Innovationsforum. The forum is moderated by Dieter von Arx, Head of the iHomeLab.
At the Innovationsforum the participants present their innovations and business models and talk about it with the professional public. The Innovationsforum takes place every day from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Furthermore, on Friday, 15 September 2017 the innovation prize will be awarded.
Growing old in the neighbourhood – thanks to Vicino Luzern and iHomeLab
Elderly people should be able to live as long as possible in control of their own lives and in a familiar environment. This often fails to happen because they or their families are lacking the necessary personal network, or they are unaware of the services available for their support. Many would find it helpful if they just had help with a few simple tasks – like washing, shopping or carrying out small repairs. Vicino relies on people in the neighbourhood who offer services of this kind, and so make life easier for their elderly neighbours. This is the point of departure for the «Digitreff» project, which receives active support from iHomeLab.
Welcome to «Digitreff»
Increasing digitalisation faces us all in everyday living with a wide variety of different challenges. But many elderly people, above all, feel unconfident in the face of modern digital technology – saying things like ‘I hope I don’t delete anything important’ or ‘How do I get my photos onto the laptop?’ «Digitreff» offers assistance in navigating the digital world. Every Wednesday from 9.00 to 11.00 am, locals can drop in on the pavilion in the Bleichergärtli park to get answers to typical users’ questions. Experienced volunteers help them to get to know their equipment better and make more effective use of it, and work with them to find solutions.
The «Digitreff» project gives the researchers at iHomeLab the opportunity of finding out more about the needs of people in relating to technology, as well as testing AAL prototypes from our research work in conjunction (co-creation) with them.
«Digitreff» is growing. Which is why we are looking for more volunteers who would enjoy helping people from the new town district to resolve simple problems – ideally once or twice a month. If this appeals to you, just send a signal to email@example.com.
More information about Vicino Luzern and the «Digitreff» project can be found at www.vicino-luzern.ch.
«Trans.Safe» project: detecting stress in truck drivers‘ cabins
The European AAL-JP project «Trans.Safe» is dedicated to registering the personal stress level of truck drivers and control centre employees and giving them direct feedback, as well as recommending appropriate countermeasures so as to make the stress easier to handle. iHomeLab was responsible for project coordination and laboratory tests, and has just recently delivered two prototype systems to its international consortium partners. They will be testing the systems under real conditions, on a lorry testing track and at a local transport control centre. You can find out more about the project and the most recent research findings at the Global IoT Summit, to be held in Geneva in June.
Global IoT Summit 2017 / IoT Week 2017 – 6-9 June 2017 in Geneva
Feel free to visit us at our exhibition stand at the First Global Internet of Things Summit (GIoTS 2017), and find out about the latest trends in relation to digitalisation. Let our iHomeLab research team tell you about the latest research findings, and share with you innovative community ideas for improved user-friendliness in connection with IoT products and services.
We will be delighted to show and discuss with you the results of our latest research projects, «eGlasses» and «Trans.Safe». And you can also attend our two lectures, which will be given by Alexey Andrushevich on Thursday, 8 June 2017 in the course of the 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Internet of Things for Active and Assisted Living, IoTAAL at the Global IoT Summit.
- Presentation 1: Open smart glasses development platform for AAL applications (Room 16 – Level 1)
- Presentation 2: Towards smart working spaces with enhanced well-being and safety of elderly staff (Room 16 – Level 1)
More information may be found at:
Innovationsforum Energie, 30/31 March 2017, Hotel Mariott Zurich
As an independent platform for decision-makers in power supply companies, industry, research and politics, the Energy Innovation Forum highlights current trends in the energy sector. This year themes currently in the limelight are digitalisation, decentralisation, private consumption, the smart market and energy services.
The iHomeLab will be demonstrating how detection of electrical equipment by the ‘Fingerprint’ (NIALM) method works, and showcasing a system which compares the energy consumption of the detected devices directly with the most efficient in their class at the Swiss Topten.ch portal. The system is designed to assist equipment owners in deciding whether they can replace an existing device with a more efficient one and so save energy.
Or you can have a go at being an energy manager yourself. The Energy Challenge game gives you the opportunity of pitting yourself against an artificial intelligence, and trying to use energy from renewable sources in the best possible way. Taking the weather, electrical consumers and the tariff situation into account, you can decide whether it is a suitable time for consuming, storing or selling energy.
Website Innovationsforum Energie
AAL Information Day, 13 March 2017, Montreal, Canada
On the occasion of the AAL Information Day at Call 2017 in Montreal, Rolf Kistler will be giving a presentation under the title of ‘Ambient Assisted Living Research at the iHomeLab’. The event will be held at the Swiss Consulate General.
Spitex Educational Conference, 9 March 2017, Olten, Switzerland
The Spitex Educational Conference is dedicated to the subject of ‘Dementia – New Challenges in Home Care’. At 2.15 and 3.05 pm, Rolf Kistler will be giving a lecture at the Hotel Arte under the title of ‘Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Research – Living Independently at Home for as Long as Possible'.
Bye Bye Alex: Farewell for Prof. Alexander Klapproth, February 2, 2017
On Thursday, February 2, 2017, a large number of guests took part in the farewell session of Prof. Alexander Klapproth, the head of the iHomeLab. A colorful array of current and former team members, customers, partners, sponsors, and university employees and management teamed up at iHomeLab.
Alexander Klapproth worked for 23 years at the The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. For the last eight years, he hasbeen building up and manageing of the iHomeLab, the think tank and the Research Center for Building Intelligence.
Alexander Klapproth retires at the end of February 2017. Thank you very much, Alex!
To the picture gallery of the Apero.
Alexander Klapproth in the interview for the Regional Journal Zentralschweiz, 31 January 2017
The Regional Journal Zentralschweiz sent an interview with Alexander Klapproth shortly before his retirement at the end of February 2017. Radka Laubacher from Swiss Radio SRF spoke to him about his work at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and his plans for the future.
Listen to interview and read web article
Teacher training of the Zofingen professional school at iHomeLab, 6 January 2017
The teachers of the Berufsschule Zofingen visited the iHomeLab as part of their teacher training on 6 January. Within the framework of the guided tour, the teachers learned what can happen when young people have completed an engineering, computer science, electrical engineering or physics course, and what the exciting technical prospects for the future are.
Teachers can pass on this message to young professionals.
First work package for the Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research (SCCER) completed, 1 January 2017
Under the thematic heading of ‘Future Energy-Efficient Buildings and Districts’ (FEEB&D), research has been going on into autonomous lighting systems, building utilities and energy management and decentralised urban energy systems.
In its related work package iHomeLab developed a perceptually based building control system. The goal was to raise standards of energy efficiency while maintaining the comfort level of the residents. Building control systems which make energy efficiency their top priority have frequently failed to win the acceptance of the people who live in the building.
Machine learning methods have been used with the aim of detecting and predicting user patterns of behaviour (‘user-centric building energy management’).
In addition, the project team evaluated and implemented algorithms for the optimised scheduling of electrical loads, based on likely user behaviour patterns, energy prices and weather conditions. A feedback and display system has been developed which encourages energy-efficient habits on the part of the user, without being experienced as intrusive.
The iHomeLab will be continuing its research efforts for SCCER in future work packages.
Development of a training platform for relatives of people needing care completed, 30 November 2016
The project, given the name “YouDo”, studied a concept designed to support relatives of people needing care by providing these carers with training. To this end, a training platform and training videos on key care topics were developed. The training programme can be accessed via TV or tablet. In addition to this, the platform also offers an option to get in contact with a professional care organisation.
The training platform was well-received by users – operating it is extremely easy and intuitive and the system can be used after just 5 minutes’ training.
The project foresees the system and a basic stock of training videos being given to local care organizations, which will then add their own content to the platform before offering it to their clients for use. Prior to project completion the system was developed to the extent that it can be demonstrated to interested care organizations. Further development work is, however, required before it is suitable for widespread use.
Project to study load management in service buildings completed, 30 October 2016
Within the scope of the “Demand-Response.ch” project iHomeLab collaborated with the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Siemens Schweiz AG, BKW Energie AG, Swissgrid and Meteoswiss to investigate options for responding to the changed parameters of the future energy market as well as how energy can be saved in service buildings:
The future will see more renewable energy sources (e.g. wind or solar energy) being used. Since such sources are dependent on the weather, there will be significant fluctuations in the amount of energy available.< /p>
Within the scope of the project technologies and concepts were developed to help control equipment operating times. The aim was to modify these times in such a way that equipment is turned on when electricity tariffs and grid loads are ideal. Parallel to this, the technologies and concepts should also take user needs into consideration and the process should be carried out without causing any inconvenience to users. A sophisticated simulation and optimization software was compiled to develop and test concepts.
The project showed that, based on current tariff models, the system developed can be expected to achieve energy consumption savings in the double-digit percentage range. The iHomeLab is currently looking for a service building which can be used to demonstrate these promising theoretical findings in the field.
The iHomeLab participates as part of its MINT initiative on the National Future Day of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, 10 November 2016
37 children visited the iHomeLab as part of the National Future Program and the program "Mädchen, Technik, Los", and were explained by the virtual butler James how life in their home might be safer and more comfortable thanks to intelligent building technology even with low energy consumption.
The event, which was originally aimed at girls, in order to bring them closer to the exciting facets of technical professions, has also become very popular among boys. In addition to the iHomeLab visit, the program included soldering an electronic cube, experimenting with ahigh-speed camera, or experiments on the topic of energy from the sun, wind and water.
ESPRIX best practice visit to iHomeLab, 3. November 2016
The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences received a prize in the «Benefit for Customers» category at the ESPRIX Swiss Award for Excellence 2016. As a successful participant in the competition, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences gave an insight into the organization of its quality management as part of the «ESPRIX Best Practice» and illustrated the integration of the activities into the management rhythm.
As part of the event, the iHomeLab was visited to demonstrate to the participants what emerges when excellence in research is practiced.
Future Teachers visiting the iHomeLab as part of the «MINT» Specialization Study, 12 October 2016
The students of the Pädagogische Hochschule Luzern are specialized in mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology, called «MINT». In this study, with an interdisciplinary approach, all subjects are linked to other MINT subareas. A variety of different methods for problem-solving are learned from different disciplines.
The iHomeLab, through its «MINT Initiative», actively promotes the attendance of school classes and teachers at all levels in order to show you the fascinating possibilities of technical professions. That is why the iHomeLab was particularly pleased with the visit of these teachers. All parties involved now or in the future make an important contribution when it comes to combating the shortage of specialists.
SCCER Future Energy Efficient Buildings & Districts, Final Meeting Phase I, October 16, 2016, Dübendorf
Dr. Patrick Huber, Senior Researcher at iHomeLab, will present the state-of-the-art research on building energy management systems.
His lecture «Perception-based human building interaction» will take place at 12 noon.
The event takes place at the EMPA Academy, Überlandstrasse 129 in 8600 Dübendorf.
D-A-CH+ Energy Informatics 2016, 29 September 2016, Klagenfurt
Edith Birrer, Senior Researcher at iHomeLab, will be presenting a paper on the subject of load management entitled «Demand-Response Optimized Heatpump Control for Service Sector Buildings» at the D-A-CH Energy Informatics in the Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt, at 11.00 am on the 29th of September.
The paper from the «Demand-Response.ch» project describes how the highly variable levels of energy in the future should be distributed and consumed from renewable energy sources through load management and load shifting.
More information about the Conference
Three Pokémons Found at the iHomeLab! 8 September 2016
Do you like hunting for Pokémons in your spare time, too? Then you must visit iHomeLab. We currently have three of these cute little figures «living» with us just waiting to be caught. Bisasam, Glumanda and Schiggy were discovered by two employees from our partners BKW and Siemens.
AAL Forum, 26 – 28.9.2016, Olma Trade Fair, St. Gallen
iHomeLab will be showing how advanced technology and classic living concepts can be combined with each other at its stand in Hall 2.1. Under the banner «from the lab into the home», the team will be showing AAL solutions, developed in-house and by partners, at work in a real environment at their stand in Hall 2.1
A further highlight offered by iHomeLab during the fair is its workshop on the subject of «Storytelling» in science to be held at 9.00 am on the 28th of September. Rolf Kistler, Head of AAL Research at iHomeLab, will whisk you away into the world of story-tellers and show you what an important role stories play in the development of AAL solutions. Experts from a wide variety of backgrounds will be discussing their experiences with Storytelling and demonstrate how to develop a successful story. There are still a few places left if you are interested in attending.
The winner of last year's AAL Public Award, the Smart Cube «Relaxed Care» is a finalist once again this year in the innovation competition «Smart-Ageing Prize» worth 50,000 euros. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
iHomeLab has as well three contributions for the Poster Session.
Impressionen vom Stand und aus dem Storytelling Workshop
iHomeLab Has Tested One of the First Oculus Rift VR Glasses, 6 September 2016
Within the framework of the project Trans.Safe, iHomeLab is researching a system that will allow older workers to be active for longer in the work environment. This focuses predominantly on people who are responsible for the safety of others in their job (e.g. bus driver or train operator).
Currently it is examining how Virtual Reality can be integrated in the project in order to provide these individuals with the necessary training.
To help with this work, iHomeLab was given one of the first VR glasses from Oculus Rift. The initial tests have impressed the researchers: By using these VR glasses, you can experience virtual worlds in an unimaginably real way.
e-Inclusion Symposium 2016, 16 September 2016, Headquarters of Swiss Post, Berne
Rolf Kistler, Head of AAL Research at iHomeLab, will be giving a lecture at 11.15 am entitled «At home in the world – Living at home as long as possible while remaining connected with the world»as part of the Workshop: «Active and Assisted Living».
Most of us want to live safely and comfortably in our own home for as long as possible. But if we are not as mobile as we once used to be and we do not have regular contact with the outside world, this way of life at home can become increasingly boring or even lonely. Can modern ICT technologies actually make a real difference to people living at home, help entertain them, give them the feeling that they are not forgotten, even integrate them socially and help them participate in (information) society? And if this is possible, then how and to what extent?
The lecture explores these questions using examples and experiences from the research already conducted and there is also the opportunity to discusses possible responses, even critically, with the audience.
16th Energy Summit 2016, 15. Sept. 2016, Spreitenbach
Prof. Alexander Klapproth will be giving a presentation at the Energy Summit on the subject of the Internet of Things entitled: «The Internet of Things and smart technologies provide comfort - especially for living at home in our old age - and a stable supply of energy. But can they also be used to improve energy efficiency?» In his presentation, he will show you how our life in the future can be safer, more comfortable and even more energy-efficient thanks to the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence.
Other interesting speakers will also be present in addition to Alexander Klapproth. For example, Dr. Suzanne Thoma, CEO of the BKW Group.
This event for the early birds will be held at 6.45 – 9.55 am in the Umwelt Arena in Spreitenbach.
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The Smart Rollator «iWalkActive»: A Success Story, 1. September 2016
The iWalkActive research project completed in 2015, which developed a smart Rollator, gained recognition in the international AAL Joint Programme. This programme financed the project and considered the outcome of the project to be so outstanding that it was honoured with a «Success Story». «Success Storys» are examples of outstanding projects whose ultimate results stand a very good chance of being sold in the market. Only around 10% of all projects funded by the AAL JP receive such an honour.
E-Glasses Evaluation and Integration Workshop, 29. August bis 2. September 2016, Horw
The E-Glasses project includes a research platform for Augmented Reality data glasses. The international project team will be meeting at iHomeLab at the end of August in order to consolidate the progress of development work and to integrate this work into a new glasses prototype.
In addition to absolute high-tech, skilled qualities were also required, for example, in assembling the prototypes. The frames originate from the 3-D printers and were assembled on site in Horw using the latest electronic components, which were provided by the project partners from all over Europe.
At the end of the week-long workshop, each member of the project team received a finished, functional prototype, which projected the Augmented Reality information onto the retina via a prism. The current prototype will be undergoing continuous improvements until the end of the project in December 2017, in order to ultimately create an optimum development platform for other projects with Augmented Reality data glasses.
In the picture gallery below, you can see some of the great moments enjoyed during this very productive session.
Techweek@HSLU: Pupils marveling at the iHomeLab, 12. Juli 2016
Within the Techweek@HSLU prgramme almost 40 pupils visited on July 12, 2016, the iHomeLab and marveled at the intelligent building. The technology week is held annually under the Youngetech programme of the Lucerne University. The iHomeLab enriches the programme as a part of its MINT initiative in order to increase young peoples curiosity for professions in the MINT sector (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, technology).
Usability Test for Smartphone Apps for the elderly at the iHomeLab
In Project ZocAALo a marketplace platform is developed, on which smartphone apps for the elderly can be developed and disseminated. A work package of the project drawn up a development environment for Smartphone Apps for the elderly. Recently a group of elderly was interviewed on iHomeLab on how they would prefer the design and operation of a smartphone app. The results of the test will be integrated into the next versions of the development environment to ensure that the so-developed Apps for seniors are easily and intuitively to use.
The iHomeLab is a founding member of the association «Vicino Luzern», June 21, 2016
Older people should be able to live in the city of Lucerne as long as possible in their familiar surroundings. To realize this vision, several well-known organizations including the iHomeLab founded on June 21, 2016 the association Vicino Lucerne. Doing so, the iHomeLab is expanding its network in the research area of Ambient Assisted Living, which aims to develop solutions for an independent and self-determined life in old age.
For more information, please refer to the press release of Vicino Lucerne (German).
Exciting sweepstake with cool prizes on Energie-Experten.ch, 31. May 2016
www.Energie-Experten.ch runs currently an exciting sweepstake in which with (relatively little, as experience shows) luck a world travel adapter from Skross with included USB charger can be won.
Energie-Experten are promoting sustainable energy use and show off their expert knowledge. Energie-Experten is partner of the iHomeLab.
Project E-Glasses presentation on «CHIST-ERA Projects Seminar», 28. - 29 April Bern
At the CHIST-ERA project seminar the iHomeLab showed a demo of the data goggles «E-Glasses» and was present with a poster at the poster session.
The Prototyp1 of the data goggles was first shown at the seminar . It features gesture recognition, temperature sensor, videorecording and marker detection. With these technologies, a «healthcare professional Assistant» application was developed which, for example, is able to contactlessly measure pulse ration, breathing rate or body temperature of a patient through the goggles.
In the coming months, a prototype 2 is to be developed, which will base on the Android software platform and all functions will be improved.
Final meeting project DALIA, 30. March 2016
DALIA aims to help older people to master everyday easier . For example, when searching for lost objects like keys or eyeglasses, or to remember to take the medication. It also provides support for informal carers (eg. relatives) or professional services.
On March 30, after three years of research work, the final meeting on the project took place at the iHomeLab. The results are obvious: The findigs were taken into a newly formed company
e-nnovation smart solutions
, were further developed and will be marketed in Germany a product called «E-mma» in the near future. e-nnovation is a spin-off of the exthex company which was a project partner in Dalia.
the positive cooperation with the partners in Dalia will be continued in two new projects: In the projects ZocAALo and My Life, My Way the iHomeLab
will develop with known and new project partners fresh solutions for independent living for the elderly.
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television report about the magic cube «Relaxed Care» on «Wohnraum TV» , 28. March 2016
The TV programme «Wohnraum TV» produced a TV report about the magic cube «Relaxed Care». Filming this took place at various locations on 14 March.
The report is broadcasted to the regional tv stations Tele 1, Tele Benr, Tele Züri, Tele M1, TSO, TVO and TV Oberwallis in week 13 (28.03.-03.04.2016). The broadcast starts on all channels on Monday between 17:28 and 17:35, except on TVO (on Tuesday, 17:30).
The exact schedule of the first broadcast and rebroadcasts by station can be seen here. Or simply watch the Clip below (in german language).
Light & Building 2016, 16th und 17th March 2016, Messe Frankfurt
As part of the lecture series «efficient.buildings.live@l&b» Peter Kronenberg, responsible for BACnet testings at the iHomeLab, holds a lecture entitled:
BACnet Certification - product testing ensure safe systems
The presentation will take place on
Wednesday, 03.16.2016 at 16.00
Thursday, 03.17.2016 at 10.30
The lecture series will be held in Hall 9.0, B49.
6. Innovation Forum for Energy, 10th and 11th March 2016, Marriot Hotel Zürich
The independent Swiss forum for market players and decision makers from the energy sector wants to find innovations and solutions for the way into the energy future. It offers a development framework for new solutions and business models for the future of energy.
The iHomeLab has a presence at the event with a stand. At booth no. 1 it will be presenting the latest results of current energy research projects.
Dr. Rainer Kyburz, head of Energie Efficiency Research on iHomeLab enriches the event with a lecture. Entitled «Demand Response for Swiss service building» he informes about the findings, which were acquired in a BFE funded research project. The research group examined the load shifting potential in Swiss Public Sector Buildings. Dr. Kyburz presents the concept of the optimization software implemented by the iHomeLab, which works in conjunction with commercial building control systems and explaines based on simulation results that a high load shifting and power savings can be achieved without sacrificing comfort.
The lecture will be held at 13.30 on 11th March.
More information about the event can be found here
Start of new SOFE Project for the Monitoring of the Efficiency of Photovoltaic Systems, 1st February 2016
An optimised monitoring system for the installations to detect yield losses in photovoltaic systems at an early stage is the focus of research efforts for a new SFOE pilot project at the iHomeLab, working in collaboration with BE-Netz AG and EGON AG.
Most of the photovoltaic installations (PV installations) in Switzerland have a monitoring system, which records the production of energy and often also monitors the inverter. Other causes, such as a string failure or the pollution of the installation will only be recognised at great additional expense. The newly developed monitoring system from the company EGON AG is designed to remedy this situation by calculating the target production of an installation on the basis of the latest weather data and compares these results with the actual production. This means that, for example, yield losses caused by a string failure can be detected at an early stage and may even be avoided. In this pilot project, the EGON system is to be tested on the PV installations supplied by BE Netz AG and optimised with the help of the iHomeLab of the University of Lucerne.
The iHomeLab is managing the project, and is on hand in an advisory capacity for the planning and implementation of the tests. It is also developing proposals for optimising the system on the basis of the data analysis.
Start of new CTI Project «WiZee», 1st February 2016
iHome Lab and Landis+Gyr to collaborate in Swiss Federally Funded Wizee-Project for Research & Development of Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS).
The Swiss Federal Funding Agency KTI has recently agreed to award significant funding to a joint R&D program between Landis+Gyr and the iHomeLab, on a Wizard for optimal management of Electrical Energy in the prosumer home (Wizee). The program officially kicks off on Feb 1st 2016, running for 18 months.
Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) are solutions incorporating products and services for monitoring, analysis, visualization and control of energy in the home. This definition includes demand response and supply response programs, home automation services, personal energy management, data analysis and visualization, auditing, and related security services.
Numerous HEMS pilots, projects and products have been developed previous to Wizee. The core differentiator of the current R&D effort will be a focus on «Future HEMS», introducing the transactive energy model as the means by which the integration of renewables will be achieved. Research results will be grounded in actual user data collected from real building environments, as well as data simulation. The investigation will go beyond system optimization which is well studied, but on machine learning of user behavioural patterns, and the development of forecasting and control algorithms trained on home energy data.
SGG National Congress, focusing @ old technology, 28 to 29 January 2016 Fribourg
Technical solutions can help ensure that people can live independently into very old age. Their use is controversial: what are your options and what are the limits? What are the experiences in science and practice? What ethical questions have been raised? And what is your own opinion?
At the national SGG Congress not only presenting solutions or a certain attitude towards technology are explored. It focuses rather on a more differentiated discussion with the lecturers and the participants.
Rolf Kistler, head of research at the AAL iHomeLab holds on
01.28.2016, 14: 40-15: 30 clock a lecture titled «Sensors for seniors - people and technology go hand in hand»
and takes part
29.1.2016 at 9:30 clock on the panel discussion «More technology, more autonomy?».
Location: University Miséricorde Fribourg, Aula Magna
The twentythousandth visitor of the iHomeLab is among fifty little Girl Researchers!
As part of a group visit of fifty technically interested girls to the intelligent building on the campus of the Lucerne University, the twenty thousandth visitor was welcomed.
The primary and secondary pupils visited the iHomeLab on the occasion of the National Future Day «Mädchen Technik Los». Following the guided tour, they experienced a big surprise: James, the virtual butler of the iHomeLab announced that among the group, the twenty thousandth visitor of iHomeLab could be found and that now a surprise would be waiting for all of them. The surprise presented itself in form of a groovy disco with a gummy bears buffet and every girl was given a cool gift to take home.
The Super E-Walker «iWalkActive» as a special exhibit at the Zukunft Alter Trade Fair (23 - 25 October 2015, Lucerne)
The trade fair for a high quality way of life and activities with a purpose during retirement – here you will find information, suggestions and offers for an active lifestyle in the golden years of life. 50 or 60 - younger or older: ZUKUNFT ALTER has become the meeting place for anybody and everybody who is interested in the Third Age – be it for the near or more distant future.
The iHomeLab has been invited to present a prototype of the Super E-Walker «iWalkActive» as part of a special exhibit. It can be tried out and tested over both rough and smooth terrain on a track at stand no. 188. In addition to this main attraction, the iHomeLab will be presenting other research projects, which explore solutions for a longer independent way of life in the comfort of our own homes.
Rolf Kistler, Head of the Research Division «Ambient Assisted Living», who explores this subject area, will be giving a talk on the 23rd and 25th of October 2015, at 15:00 on the topic of «No place like home - Can technology really help me stay longer in the comfort of my own home?».
The iHomeLab team is looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors.
Website of the trade fair «Zukunft Alter»