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Current projects

Published: 16 April 2014

Below are current activites in Enabling ICT and links to relevant external sites in the area.

Smart Buy
The Smart Buy project converts Smart Cities' physical stores in a smart geographically distributed mall by providing the local consistency needed for constructing centralized searches in heterogeneous and geographically distributed physical stores. This will be done by providing the technical infrastructure for small and medium sized retailers to become the place to buy for the people that don't want to lose the advantages of in-store purchasing at the same time that they want to experience the advantages of ecommerce; comparison of prices, choice of providers, reviews and specification awareness, etc. Smart Buy is a Horizon 2020 project and it will go on for 24 months. The project will be validated on top of the infrastructures provided by the project Organicity and the framework of the FIRE initiative.

The IoT Week -London
Enabling ICT participated in the International Conference on Internet of Things, which was organized by the IoT Forum, an association that LTU is a part of. In the field "Societal track", a number of presentations has held on LTU's research in citizen-centered processes related to the Internet of Things.

Roadmap within machine learning
Roadmap work in the field of machine learning will be presented in spring 2014. Machine learning and related methods for the development of autonomous and self-learning system is an important part of the Enabling ICT, an area that needs strengthening, as in the present situation is not represented as a subject of research at the university. The work is carried out jointly between Enabling ICT and Intelligent industrial processes. The work done year 2013 and 2014 were compiled in a roadmap, and a first workshop was held in June 2014.

Design Research Workshop
A Design Research Workshop was held in August 2013, including the support of inviting professors Sein, Rossi, Purao and Henfridsson to LTU. Efforts to raise methodological competence regarding the LTU graduate students and faculty have also been done, and is directed to research that develops new IT products and services in close cooperation with industry. The relationship with the Enabling ICT skills of how to make relevant fresearch methodology in collaboration with industry and to highlight the quality of the type of research in projects. Work as been done with an established network with leading professors in the field, such as prof. Purao. 

Supported network with the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERICS)
Tero Päivärinta have attended networking events and invited representatives to visit the university. The link to Enabling ICT networking is to support connections to top European universities in the field of information systems to improve new project applications. ERICS Network and the University of Münster visited Lulea in February, 2014. LTU was accepted as the Swedish part (there is only one member per country) to the network (more info at: This facilitates our ability to implement EU projects in the field of information systems.

Pilot study for the development of Web-based wireless system for 3D motion analysis
We have begun lab work with Kinect and even joined in with the application for the larger study via CMTF. In addition, we have invited a innovator and a physiotherapist (Glenn Bilby, Stockholm), which developed the system for the study of posture and balance via Kinect. Glenn held a demo of their system called QuickPosture. We see good opportunities for cooperation with Quickposture and planning go into a further application for project funding via Vinnova for this purpose. The link to Enabling ICT is the technology to be used remotely via web-based solutions to create high availability and the ability to build large data banks with kinematic data analyzers related to motor control and biomechanics. What we've done so far will be used as preliminary results and description of the projects and collaborations, and will be included in the larger project applications that will be made during the year. Continued development of software for motion analysis of the torso, head and arms takes place within the university. The technology is eventually planned to partly commercialized but also be used in research projects, for example for musician's health, rehabilitation of pain in muscles and joints and respect older with fall risk.

Participation in the International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia 2013
The International Conference on "Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia" (MUM) is a leading annual international conference, which is a forum for presenting the latest research results on mobile and ubiquitous multimedia. The conference brings together experts from both academia and industry to exchange ideas and discussion of future challenges. Participation highlighted LTU area of ​​ICT on an international level and is a great networking place for future collaborations, not only where the conferences, but also for recruitment.

Initiate collaborations in the field of e-health at the university through part in a workshop called "Elite 2013" and joint applications within Horizon2020, specifically "PHC20 Mille" and "PHC26 MAID".Work is underway to establish e-health as a strong area of ​​cooperation, re-launch the EIC and supporting common applications in both Horizon2020 that within Vinnova and Target-2.

Positive in 2013 was a good discussion about how we could get more out of innovation in the co-location center in Kista to Luleå. Positive for 2014 is to LTU come into work with Education, where LTU will participate in the development of distance education within the EIT ICT Labs called MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses. Besides this, a number of activities in different thematic areas was performed in 2013. A very positive statement also came in 2013, ie the fact that the desired strategic side effect of LTU's participation in EIT could now be presented in the form of the established EIT contacts. The collaboration between the university and nationally Kista, SICS has been increased and a positive trend through the EIT. Today we see projects as Cloudberry Data Center as an example. The areas concerned are the cloud, big data, IoT. Meetings arranged by the EIT have obviously used to discuss even the bonus projects outside the EIT exemplified. The link to the enabling ICT is mainly to highlight the LTU area of ​​ICT on a global basis in the light of Research, Business (Innovation) and Education. This is a great national and international network for future collaboration, applications and projects and also for recruitment.

Participation in Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona and the World Bank Citysense Conference
Marita Holst participated at the World Bank conference tht gathered about 250 participants and 50 presentations on various innovative smart city projects worldwide. On Smart City Expo, she participated in the great exhibition and met with former partners and discussed future project opportunities. Marita also attended a meeting with the World Bank, where a book on Living Labs with a focus on the "urban development" was discussed. Smart cities have a clear connection to enabling ICT because in many cases sees ICT as a solution to make cities smart. Among other things, there were many examples of smart roads, transport, communication with citizens, app: s with various support functions and energy saving and visualization solutions. Most likely LTU will contribute to the planned book. We also focus on projects in the field of smart cities and regions. Among others in the application and in the application OrganiCity Crowd Saving where CDT and Marita Holst's coordinator. We also plan to extend our partnership with Dubai Municipality and has invited them to a half-day meeting to discuss this.




IoT Events

Horizon 2020: Socialtal Challanges
This part focuses on the major societal challenges that Europe and the rest of the world faces. In order to meet the challenges it will in many cases require interdisciplinary collaborations that include the social sciences and humanities. Seven challenge areas are pointed out, whereas the parts below are particularly relevant for Enabling ICT:

Smart Regions 
Smart, green and integrated transport
Inclusive, innovative and reflective communities
Safe communities
Environment and climate action 

Health, demographic change and well-being

Datacenter & Cloud 
Secure, clean and efficient energy