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iHomeLab - Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Our organisation type is:: University, Research institution

We are active in the following Technologies: Service innovation, User perspective, Field trials / living lab, Hardware, sensors, actuators, Information technologies, data storage and processing (back end), Integration, Communication technologies / Tele-systems, Project management

Applications: Health & wellness, Home care, Information and learning, Mobility, Social interaction, Work

CEESAR-iHomeLab of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences (HSLU) is the leading research centre for building intelligence in Switzerland. Connected within a broad network of experts, it engages in international initiatives to further develop these fields, contributes to scientific conferences and trade fairs and actively takes part in shaping new standards and technologies being a member of several standards organisations (e.g. ZigBee Alliance, KNX Scientific, …). Together with its industrial partners, the team of around 20 electrical engineers and computer scientists conducts funded applied research to increase the energy efficiency, security and comfort in residential as well as commercial buildings. The research strategy focuses on the three research areas energy efficiency (EE), ambient assisted living (AAL) and human building interaction (HBI) aligned with the meta-research topic of the HSLU “The Building as a System”. Applied research projects are conducted in interdisciplinary teams together with industrial partners and technologically focus on building automation network infrastructures, wireless mesh networking technologies, indoor localization systems, ambient awareness, activity recognition,  human behavior recognition and prediction, user-centric/context-sensitive services, plug’n’play/zero-engineering protocols, adaptive/intelligent control systems using artificial intelligence, semantic homes, multimedia content management, pervasive and embedded computing. The aim is to create innovative low-cost, low-power solutions that are accepted by the humans using them and have a high potential to hit the mass market.

The iHomeLab living lab - Swiss think tank and research laboratory for building intelligence - was erected in 2008 on the university campus. The iHomeLab is supported by over 70 industrial and commercial partners that range from device manufactures to health insurance companies. Main goal of the initiative is to promote the idea of networked buildings bringing together experts and stakeholders of different disciplines, sensitizing the public and pushing the development of a new generation of innovative, easy to use, reliable and affordable products and services as well as the underlying basic network infrastructure needed. In over 170 yearly events, the latest research results are presented and new solutions of our partners are shown off.

As a summary, since 1997, the team of CEESAR-iHomeLab gained broad experience in conducting over 30 applied and cutting edge research projects, funded by national and international authorities and in close cooperation with partners such as Siemens, Landis+Gyr, ABB and Schindler. Further, the team has hands-on experience in the analysis, adoption, integration and deployment of building automation infrastructures in the iHomeLab as well as in the field.

Contact details


Rolf Kistler
Phone: +41 41 349 33 35


Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts - iHomeLab
Technikumstrasse 21, 6048 Horw