Our core programs: Future-Self and Design Living Lab
by Dr. Sonja Pedell
The Future-Self and Design Living Lab is hosted by the CDI and integrates a wide variety of research with a co-design approach that seeks to create real-world impact by addressing a range of community issues. The Living Lab program promotes co-design research, often encompassing civilians, industry professionals and a number of government stakeholders to develop a comprehensive research and design process.
Through a range of key focus areas, that directly influence the ideation of new projects, the Future-Self and Design Living Lab looks to positively impact the health and wellbeing of an ageing population. A human-centric premise, the development of projects encourages community input, often holding meetings at community centres or aged-care facilities to maximize participation and opportunities for co-creation. In a recent European study of policies to support service innovation, Living Labs were noted as one of the top three innovation policies and the only one to include end-users and real life contexts.
The Future-Self program is at the forefront of technological advancement, making use of both Augmented and Virtual Reality, in conjunction with sensor technology developed alongside the Smart Wearables sector of the CDI in order to lay the foundation for the creation of intuitive devices that encourage user-involvement and ultimately improve the quality of life.
Led by Dr Sonja Pedell, the Future-Self and Design Living Lab is continuously working towards sustainable methods of empowerment for the aged population, in order to benefit current and future generations in maintaining an ease of living that has often been hard to come by.
The Living Lab program was accepted into the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL - https://enoll.org) in 2016, the only Australian Living Lab with a focus on ageing within this global network. It is also a founding member of the Australian Living Labs Innovation Network (ALLIN) with more information available at: openlivinglabs.net.au