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"University of Rijeka Innovation LivingLab"
Rijeka iLivingLab most important capability is possibility of research and innovation in interdisciplinary studies. Hosted at Faculty of Maritime Studies, Rijeka iLivingLab, has access to persons involved integrated and interdisciplinary research involving ICT, Maritime Transport, Logistics, International Trade Law, Maritime Economy and Engineering, as well as implementation of new ICT learning technologies. iLivingLab consist of several labs mutually interconnected and mostly working together on different projects.
Rijeka iLivingLab consist of 4 labs Maritime, Logistics, elearning and egovernment labs. Oldest lab is Maritime Navigation , Safety and Security lab focusing on development of safety and security procedures in maritime transport, as well as procedures for search and rescue at sea. The whole coastal part of the Republic of Croatia, in all its largeness, the full length of its 6,000 kilometre long coast of Adriatic Sea and on its thousand islands, represents a remarkable natural resource. Main concept of living lab is prevention of the accidents at sea, including maritime terrorism, as well as , establishing a system of navigation, ship reporting system, complete coverage of the radio communication system, establishing a vessel control service in port areas and on the access routes to the ports of the largest passenger and cargo traffic volume, especially as regards dangerous and hazardous cargoes, improving mutual cooperation with corresponding offices and research activities in the neighbouring countries, namely in the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Italy, in applying the regulations of the system protecting the marine environment against pollution, and application of the Coast Zone Management principles. Logistics and port lab investigates all the strategic, business and organizational implications of hybrid ( ICT-driven and clasic) multi-channel structures in theport logistics system of transportation.Transportation needs have undergone drastic changes in the course of the last ten years along with the demand for greater interconnectedness of firms in the system of transportation, with indications of business integrations of the entire system. Lab is defining an integration model in the e-business cluster, making a detailed analysis of the logistic transportation system, identify the degrees of communication and methods of coordination of firms participating in the logistics chain and distinguish the leading firms within the chain. eLearning lab is mainly concerned with mlearning technologies. Mobile technologies are increasingly the technologies of choice for social and leisure activities, particularly among young people. Mobile games are among the most popular applications and we are beginning to see how these may be translated into effective learning technologies. Our vision is for great games that are user-led, not technology-led, informed by theory and competence-based, for use in blended learning programmes. This effort is created in cooperation with Slovenija eLivingLab and Evolaris LivingLab eGovernment lab, is City of Rijeka Information Technology Institute and Faculty of Maritime Studies joint research facility. IT for local government group is aimed to create City of Rijeka as intelligent city ,providing ‘on demand’ services to citizens and entrepreneurs based on internet, mobile devices and broadband infrastructure in time and place when they are needed. Mission is to create a modern administration using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Internet in order to open the local government towards citizens.
References and Track Record
Rijeka iLivingLab combines internal research with external ideas and then needs to deploy those ideas both within our own research and also through other companies’ businesses. The key is to figure out what necessary missing pieces should be internally supplied and how to integrate both internal and external pieces together into integration system. Openness is especially key word in connection with users. One thing that Faculty of Maritime Studies allows to the iLivingLab is its deep inclusion in lifelong learning activities. Currently more than 2500 finished student, working in companies all around the world, are yearly thought different courses in LLL maritime environment,( involving more than 3200 ECTS ) enabling constant cooperation and inclusion in iLivingLab projects. Our innovative processes today rely on teamwork for their proper execution, and teamwork requires a special type of physical facility to nurture it, offered by Faculty of Maritime Studies..We encourage fast communications and high levels of interaction, which means sharing space and sharing access to information with our users. International openness of Rijeka iLivingLab has been shown in previous years, working on different projects with more than 40 European universities, research centres and companies. Rijeka iLivingLab is tightly connected with Slovenian eLiving Lab, Labs at University of Trieste, Evolaris Living Lab, Ce-Tim and is also supportive to the ICT-Powered eRegion development in Central Europe and are also imbedded into the activities of eCollaboration within ALADIN – ALpe Adria Danube INitiative Universities’ Network. We are also promoting and strengthening relations in order to create cross-border initiatives.