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.
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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 email@example.com; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.