Innovation Lab for Wearable and Ubiquitous Computing
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Wearable and Ubiquitous Computing
Controlling technology in your home from the other side of the world, using tiny sensors knitted into shirts to track vital parameters all day long – these seemingly futuristic ideas of immersion in a digital world are increasingly becoming a reality in our everyday lives. The miniaturization of electrical devices and clothing are just a selection of the ways in which our environment is becoming smarter. This fast changing environment provides the platform and opportunities for innovation. Students of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) can harness the opportunities of this platform by visiting the Innovation Lab for Wearable and Ubiquitous Computing, funded by the Center for Digitalization Bavaria and currently organised by the Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation.
Innovation Lab for Wearable and Ubiquitous Computing at the FAU
Wearable and Ubiquitous Computing is a large future growth market. One pillar component of this market is wearables – sensors which can be attached to the body and are capable of measuring various parameters such as heart rate, movement and muscle activity of the user. According to Frost & Sullivan, the market volume of wearables will rise to 10,6 billion dollars in 2020 – from 3,1 billion dollars in 2015, displaying a yearly growth rate of 29,9 %. Ubiquitous Computing connects more and more devices in our environment and allows them to communicate smartly with each other, leading to the so-called Internet of Things (IoT). Due to the huge market potential of this sector, the industry requires exceptionally educated students who will expedite the advancement of software and hardware within the system of wearable and ubiquitous computing.
The goal of the Innovation Lab is to work with students to solve practical questions involving system and software engineering in conjunction with wearables and IoT-devices in a creative and innovative way. The infrastructure of the lab gives students the chance to execute their own product ideas or to work on topics from industrial partners, the university, or the ZD.B. By applying industry standard techniques and team management, students will develop, independently and within a team, their problem-solving and creative skills. They will implement their ideas as prototypes by applying agile software development methods.
Entrepreneurship – powered by the FAU Digital Tech Academy
Due to the high market potential of wearables and IoT-devices, the results of these projects are eminently suitable for the creation of Startups. That’s why we also want to teach our students the basics of “How to create a Startup”. In a series of workshops hosted by the Digital Tech Academy the students acquire the necessary skills to take their innovative prototypes and bring it to the market.
Innovation Labs for students – An Institution by the ZD.B
The Innovation Lab for Wearable and Ubiquitous Computing at FAU is one out of ten innovation labs funded by the ZD.B. Students work in teams and develop innovative prototypes in the field of digitalization. The ideas for these projects come from different sources, including companies, students and other platforms of the ZD.B.
Winter Semester 2022/23
Summer Semester 2022
Winter Semester 2021/22
Summer Semester 2021
Winter Semester 2020/21
Summer Semester 2020
Winter Semester 2019/20
Summer Semester 2019
Winter Semester 2018/19
Summer Semester 2018
Winter Semester 2017/18
Publications from Innolab Projects
- Team sensaid:
A wearable obstacle detection system for visually impaired people
41st International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (Berlin, 23. July 2019 - 27. July 2019)
In: 2019 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC) 2019
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- Team PalliCare:
Entwicklung einer Applikation zum Home-Monitoring des Gesundheitszustandes von Palliativpatienten - eine Proof-of-Concept-Studie
13. DGP Kongress Deutsche Gesellschaft für Palliativmedizin (Wiesbaden, 9. September 2020 - 12. September 2020)
In: Zeitschrift für Palliativmedizin 2020; 21(05) 2020
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- Team Pentalobes:
Improving Dyspnoea Symptom Control of Patients in Palliative Care Using a Smart Patch-A Proof of Concept Study
In: Frontiers in Digital Health 3 (2021)
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- Team YogiTherapy:
A Yoga Exercise App Designed for Patients With Axial Spondylarthritis: Development and User Experience Study
In: JMIR Formative Research 6 (2022), p. e34566
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Information for students
Information & Motivation for students
The Innovation Lab provides them with everything they need to develop their prototypes, including:
High quality laptops, smartphones with augmented reality technology, software, tools and measuring equipment for the hardware development and a 3D Printer. The resources available to participants are designed to enable them to develop a fully functioning prototype.
The Innovation Lab students will develop their ideas and prototypes within the structure of a 10 ECTS course. The student teams employ agile development methods (Scrum) for the prototyping process. Besides the great practical experience gained during development, students also learn about entrepreneurship. There will be tutorials covering design thinking, market analysis, management of development processes, securing intellectual property, and business plan creation. At the end of each semester, the students will have a prototype of an innovative wearable/IoT device, and a business plan in their hands. This will empower the enthusiasts to continue their work, pitch ideas for future funding, and possibly build their own startup!
- Programming in general
- App Development
- Sensor applications
- Data analysis
- User Interfaces
- Machine Learning
- VR applications
The Innovation Lab course can be attended by master students from the following fields:
- Computer Science
- Electronic and Communication Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Medical Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Advanced Signal Processing and Communications Engineering
- Communications and Multimedia Engineering
- Information and Communication Technology
Note 1: Students from other scientific fields can also attend the course – but only in specific cases. This must be discussed individually.
Note 2: Bachelor students can also attend the course – but only in specific cases. This must be discussed individually.
Note 3: Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with study program specific information. Please contact your study advisor if you have questions regarding accreditation or ECTS splitting.
We do not provide any information about the semester projects until the first lecture. Attendance at the first lecture is mandatory, in case of absence the spot will be given to a person from the waiting list. Students on the waiting list must also attend the first lecture in order not to lose their spot on the list. After the first lecture, the participants are assigned to one of the four projects based on their preferences.
Application Phase – Winter semester 2023/24
The current application phase is running from the 20th of September (12 pm) until the 8th of October (8 pm) 2023.
To fill out and submit the application form, please join the application course on StudOn. There you can also find further information about the application process and the start of the semester. In the last week of the semester break, you will be informed whether your application was successful.
Information for industry partners
Agile Development Method: Scrum
Scrum Life Cycle
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