TWICT

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Turku University of Applied Sciences,  Faculty of Telecommunication and eBusiness, Turku and Salo,  Finland  Tiina Ferm, TWICT coordinator M.Sc. Engineering tiina.ferm@turkuamk.fi +358 44 3 161063 Ylhäistentie 2, 24130 Salo Finland

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Finland
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Turku University of Applied Sciences Living Lab for Well-being and ICT (TWICT) coordinates several physical and virtual living labs inside Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS). The aim of TWICT is to clarify the methodology and tools supporting it, reduce the amount of administrative activities in separate living lab projects, help to design new projects and disseminate the results and lessons learned from previous ones. TWICT focuses on promoting sustainable well-being with the help of information and communication technology in three interdependent fields: attractive region, intelligent living and active citizenship.   

Description

TWICT offers practical knowledge on conducting living lab projects, experiments and tests. It offers sustainable physical and virtual living lab environments for testing of ICT based ideas and products in e- Health, well-being, home and building control, e-Participation and e-Business. TWICT has three major characteristics: research oriented approach, dedication to regional development and multi-disciplined pedagogical expertise.  

References and Track Record

TUAS is a participant in several living lab networks: Neloskierre - Living Lab Network for Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences, National innovation network, EdeAN, EnoLL. TUAS has coordinated several nationally and internationally funded projects. The latter include projects funded by the European Commission, e.g. the Leonardo- and Life Long Learning Programmes, the Interreg Programme, the European Social Fund Programme, the Asia Link Programme, the Tempus Programme and the European Commission’s Structural Funds.  TUAS has employed living lab methodology in several projects linking well-being, healthcare, rural development, e-participation, e-Business and ICT. There is a range of example projects such as EU funded projects Collaboration@Rural (2006 - 2009) of the IST programme in the European Commission’s 6th Framework Programme for Collaborative Working Environments, living lab and test bed environment KunnonKoti®, ECOMIT, CONIM and  CIP Worklab and national Innowell Network.