Living Lab Incubator
The Living Lab Incubator represents the backbone of HumTec. The LLI realizes itself as a research infrastructure in which collaborative-transdisciplinary research and technology development work is stimulated in a problem-oriented manner, but at the same time real experiments can be established in a customized manner. The LLI is funded by the Excellence Initiative.
Living Labs (LL) are research infrastructures of technology development that realize the following aspects:
- Participatory research in the sense of design for, with and by users.
- Context-sensitive research by incorporating real-world use situations such as households, regions, work environments, etc.
- Sustainable research, insofar as the life cycles of innovations and products are to be designed in a way that is compatible with the individual, social and environmental aspects (RRI/ethics).
Typical fields of application of Living Labs are "living and working," "city, region and mobility," and "energy." RWTH Aachen University already has several large-scale Living Lab projects (NRW Urban Energy Lab 4.0; BMBF Climate Networks; H2020 ProGIreg Productive Green Infrastructure for post-industrial urban regeneration ; Future Mobility Center; BMBF Research Campus FEN, Living Lab Reference Building Site Aachen West, BMBF joint project BioTexFuture , etc.). Together with RWTH, Forschungszentrum Jülich is realizing the NRW Living Lab Energy Campus (LLEC) as a real laboratory for the energy transition. The Living Lab Incubator is funded by the Excellence Initiative and is already well networked within the RWTH (35 scientists from all faculties participated in the application process).