Goodtechs, Bologna, Italy
The paper «Users requirements in the design of a virtual agent for patients with dementia and their caregivers» presented at Goodtechs in Bologna is now available.
Have a look at the website ACM DL
Partner search for research project on communication between Smart Grid and Smart Home
The potential of smart grids can be further exploited if the energy flows are controlled right into the buildings. This requires communication between Smart Grids and Smart Home, but is made more difficult by the lack of consistent standards. We want to tackle this problem and facilitate and standardize interoperability through a clever architecture. For this reason we are looking for partners for our research project.
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iHomeLab is partner of the Innovation Forum Energy
As an independent platform for decision-makers from utilities, industry, research and politics, the Energy Innovation Forum highlights current trends in the energy sector and provides a comprehensive and profound overview of the strategic and technical challenges facing the energy market of the future. Participants will be presented with new ideas and innovative solutions for the tasks ahead.
The 9th Annual Conference Innovation Forum Energy will take place on 4 and 5 April 2019 at the Zurich Marriott Hotel. Do not miss it and register today! Flyer registration
Further information on www.innovationsforum-energie.ch
NILM4Bal (NILM für Last- und Lastspitzenmanagement)
Im Projekt «NILM4Bal» erforschen wir, wie anhand von Smart-Meter-Daten grosse Stromverbraucher automatisch identifiziert und deren Lastverschiebepotential quantifiziert werden kann. Die bereits in Haushalten und Betrieben vorhandenen verschiebbaren Verbraucher sollen so für die Lastverschiebung nutzbar gemacht werden. Somit sind Energieversorger in der Lage, ihr Lastmanagement zu optimieren und Kosten zu sparen, ohne dass zusätzliche Investitionen in Verteilnetze notwendig werden.
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»