- about us
PRAXLABS are a network of excellence with an open and integrative test bed for exploring and developing new technologies in practice. They have been launched in the area of Siegen-Wittgenstein and Dortmund, Germany in the end of 2009. PRAXLABS consist of different infrastructures, which offer real-world environments as well as controlled lab-settings to design and evaluate new ICT-concepts. The main focus is on user participation and co-creation processes where several stakeholders are involved.
Since 2009 there have been PRAXLABS as network of research and excellence in the wider area of Siegen-Wittgenstein and Dortmund, Germany. They are composed of a network of regional research, industry and application partners, and of different settings - for instance domestic environments and public places where everyday life is encountered, virtual communities or working environments. Researchers, industrial companies, public institutions and users/consumers can participate and collaborate in these settings.
Our research and development is considered as a close symbiosis between the defined field of application and the different groups of stakeholders. The participatory inclusion of users adopts a special focus in this context. Appropriate to the demand of the research project, we involve interested users who can participate actively in the different development and design stages. Right now, over 100 users of our steadily growing panel are participating in current research projects.
The cultivation of these contacts allows us to embed the growing technology into recognizable methods, which can be empirically evaluated and improved. Through this cooperation, we are able to offer our users the opportunity to participate actively in the design process with the intention of developing new solutions. Arising concepts of this method as well as early prototypes can be investigated in long-term evaluations in the field. In addition, they also can be discussed, tested and developed in a lab setting at the university. The iterative research and development process is widened by the early exploration of the appropriation and usage behavior in the actual application field. The advantage of this step is that the integration of ICT solutions into everyday life will uncover context-specific problems or unintended usage faster. The information gained can be inserted immediately into improving users’ acceptance as well as improving usability and the further development of ICT solutions.
Both PRAXLABS infrastructure and the connected collaboration approach with its strong focus on users are incorporated in our research activities and essentially support the different stages of the development and design cycle.
This leads to an improvement of the following aspects:
Evaluation in the field
Methods and Tools
Within iterative development and design processes in the Living Lab, different methods and tools can be applied (Further info in the Living Lab brochure).
Living Lab Projects
Our research activities comprise current ICT and HCI topics in the following areas:
For a more detailed overview and further information, please visit our website.
References and Track Record
The PRAXLABS Team consists of researchers from different disciplines and comprises expertise from four research groups:
For references about our Living Lab projects and further activities, please visit our website.