The overview below is a list of German-based living labs that act as controlled testing environments of innovative technologies. The labs are equipped with appropriate infrastructure and simulate real-world-like scenarios to test the usability and effectiveness of new products before being deployed on the market.

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FZI Living Lab Software Innovations

fzi.de/fzi-living-lab-mobileitmobilebusiness

Location: Karlsruhe

Institute: FZI Research Center for Information Technology

Domain: 
Various

Mission statement: In the FZI Living Lab Software Innovations, the FZI develops, tests and demonstrates new ideas for the entire software life cycle, for example innovative development methods like DevOps or tools for software and architecture analysis. We provide our customers with methods of efficient engineering-based software development, in order to reduce costs and improve the user experience through better planning and higher software quality. The end users also benefit from it through shorter development periods, increasing quality and new developed applications scenarios.

Healthcare innovation accelerator for a better health

realrauminnovationslabor.de

Location: Duisburg

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems

Domain: 
Health

Mission statement: Combination of clinical routines in a real hospital and a close to reality testbed.

»Hospital Engineering Labor« in Fraunhofer inHaus Center in Duisburg

isst.fraunhofer.de/hospital-engineering-labor

Location: Duisburg

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering

Domain: 
Health

Mission statement: With its „Hospital Engineering Laboratory”, the Fraunhofer inHaus Center in Duisburg offers the providers and users in the stationary and ambulant station the opportunity to test the latest technological developments in an environment close to reality.

Human-Machine Interaction Lab

iff.fraunhofer.de/abor-mensch-roboter-interaktion

Location: Magdeburg

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF

Domain: 
Production / Supply Chain

Mission statement: Development and testing lab for robotic applications in a joint working environment with humans for a safe human-machine interaction.

IGD Living Lab

igd.fraunhofer.de/living-lab

Location: Darmstadt

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD

Domain: 
Health
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 Smart City

Mission statement: Showroom and testbed for Ambient Intelligence & Assisted Living applications

Immersive Engineering Lab

iao.fraunhofer.de/immersive-engineering-lab

Location: Stuttgart

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Domain: 
Various

Mission statement: The Immersive Engineering Lab IELab is a work and presentation environment, which allows for accurately rendering immersive 3D graphics in real-time. Using Virtual Reality (VR), virtual prototyping is applied to a variety of sectors. The research focusses not only on VR technology and software interfaces for seamlessly integrating data from various sources, but also on methods to design custom VR-sessions for collaborative decision-making.

Immersive Quantified Learning Lab

iql-lab.de

Location: Kaiserslautern

Institute: German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Domain: 
Media / Communication

Mission statement: iQL is a cyber-physical learning environment with technology-based, interactive communication media. These technologies are used to analyze individual preferences in a sensor-based way and thus to model teaching-learning processes and optimize concepts. Using intelligent analysis and deep learning methods, individual support measures will be provided for each age group. Teaching and learning content and cognitive behaviour, emotional state (e.g. stress) and motor activity (e.g. scientific-technical experimentation) are recorded and processed synchronously based on sensors.

Innovative Retail Laboratory – IRL

dfki.de/innovative-retail-laboratory-irl

Location: Saarbruecken

Institute: German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Domain: 
FinTech / Retail

Mission statement: In IRL we conduct testings in a large number of different fields all connected to intelligent shopping consultants, which range from a virtual assistant responsible for matters of dieting and allergies, over a digital sommelier, to personalised cross and up selling, smart items in digital product memories as a further development of the RFID technology, indoor positioning and navigation as well as new logistics concepts, to see whether they are suitable for everyday life and prove to be useful for the clients.

Interaction Lab

interaktionslabor.iao.fraunhofer.de

Location: Stuttgart

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Domain: 
Production / Supply Chain
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 Smart City
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 Various

Mission statement: The Interaction Lab at Fraunhofer IAO is a poster child for human-machine interaction. Visitors with a background in science or industry can view and experience recent developments in the institute’s exhibition area. Whether customers, partners or scientists – the lab serves as a common platform for developing and testing innovative approaches and ideas for people interested in human-machine interaction.

International Center for Networked, Adaptive Production

vernetzte-adaptive-produktion.de

Location: Aachen

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT

Domain: 
Production / Supply Chain

Mission statement: A joint effort to explore and develop Industrie 4.0 technologies for sophisticated value chains.