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.
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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. Register here.
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.
There are still a few places available for the AAL Forum in St. Gallen. In addition to tickets for the entire event, you can also purchase passes for individual days. Register now.
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
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, 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"
Article on iHomeLab in the Coopzeitung, 18th November 2014
Switzerland's largest weekly newspaper, the Coopzeitung, reports on the Smart Home theme in its 18 November 2014 edition.
Part of this article is an interview with the expert, Prof. Alexander Klapproth, Head of iHomeLab.
You find will the article here as a
file. A special page on the theme of iHomeLab has also been placed on the
In 2015, the iHomeLab will be organising a congress for energy efficiency in domestic appliances and lighting, 12.11.2014
The "8th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting - EEDAL 2015" will be held from 26 - 28.8.2015 on the Campus of the Hochschule Luzern, Technik & Architektur in Horw.
iHomeLab is organising the congress in conjunction with European Commission for Renewable Energy and Transport and on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.
The aim of the Congress is to promote the manufacture of energy-saving domestic appliances, domestic installations and lighting.
It will also deal with the theme of how smart appliances can be integrated into the intelligent electricity network "Smart Grid" in the future. The Smart Grid will control the amount of energy available from renewable sources, store and switch loads to ensure optimum use of energy.
You will find more information on the Congress on the official website.
Study for the International Energy Agency IEA, 12.11.2014
iHomeLab is studying the influence of the “Internet of Things” (also known as IoT or M2M) on energy consumption.
iHomeLab was commissioned under implementation agreement “4E - Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment” of the International Energy Agency to study the influence of the “Internet of Things” (also known as IoT or M2M) on the energy consumption of approximately 200* networked everyday items per person in the industrialised nations in the year 2020.
At the same time proposals were put forward on how to minimise the level of consumption. The mandate for the study was awarded to iHomeLab because, amongst other things, it has extensive expertise in the area of sensor networks, energy monitoring or the Internet of Things.
The project will last 18 months.
Siemens Global Key Experts Forum at iHomeLab, 25.9.2014
Siemens and its global "key experts" in building technology paid a visit to iHomeLab and held a two-day seminar on the Campus in Horw.
As part of the two-day workshop, Siemens’ key experts discussed what the future of building technology might look like.
iHomeLab is pleased to welcome this prominent group of experts to Horw.
Alumni Homecoming Night, KKL Lucerne, 15th November 2014
The Alumni Homecoming Night is dedicated to the following topic:
Digital future – where will this leave humans?
Will people in the future be able to benefit from the achievements of the digital world or will we become slaves of a force which controls us? Opportunity or risk: it (still) appears that there are no boundaries being placed on the digital world.
Professor Alexander Klapproth debates with David Bosshart (Gottlieb Duttweiler Institut), Sylvia Egli von Matt (Vice President of the Federal Media Commission), Rahel El-Maawi (HSLU). Chairman: Oliver Kuhn, Tele1.
For the second time after 2013 a project of the iHomeLab wins the AAL Award, 12.09.2014, Bucharest
After already winning in 2013 with "iWalkActive", another Project of the iHomeLab, "Confidence", wins the AAL Award.
The smartphone app "Confidence" simplifies the life of people with mild to moderate dementia.The app is the result of a European AAL research project in which the iHomeLab of the Lucerne University is involved.
According to the jury, Confidence is an innovative and very user friendly app, that shows large market opportunities.
The iHomeLab, together with the project partners, is very pleased about the latest success!
iHomeLab team wins the "Young Researchers Award" at the AAL Forum, 09.12.2014, Bucharest
The presentation of the business idea "ARTS - Activity Recognition and Trending Solutions" was most convincing to the jury. The "Young Researchers Award" is presented annually at the end of the "Young Researchers Workshop". He is presented to the best business idea with the largest market opportunities.
ARTS describes the concept for an activity recognition for care of elderly people in their home environment.
Within the workshop, the product was developed, including business model and marketing concept. The presentation was aimed at (fictitious) investors to which a "start-up-ready" Idea was presented.