Living Lab Harmonization: the journey towards a common language
Thursday 21 September
11.00 – 12.30
Living Lab Transition: Methodologies and Impact
The primary aim of this session is to provide attendees with comprehensive insights into the ongoing efforts related to the Living Lab Harmonization process. The Living Lab Harmonization framework has been meticulously crafted to facilitate seamless and efficient access to Living Lab Research Infrastructures. Specifically, the VITALISE initiative is dedicated to the integration of Living Labs into the broader Research Infrastructure landscape and substantiating their status as integral components of Research Infrastructures.
Session Expected outcomes:
- Initiate a Thoughtful Discussion: Our foremost objective is to initiate a thoughtful and engaging discussion among participants. We intend to explore how Living Lab Harmonization can significantly enhance the standing and relevance of Living Labs within the Research Infrastructure ecosystem.
- Define Roadmap and Objectives: Another pivotal goal is to collaboratively establish a concrete roadmap for the future. We aim to outline clear and actionable objectives for a dedicated Working Group that will continue to drive forward the Living Lab Harmonization efforts.
Teemu Santonen, DSc
Principal Lecturer Laurea University of Applied Sciences
Teemu Santonen, DScPrincipal Lecturer Laurea University of Applied Sciences
Teemu Santonen, DSc (Econ.), is acting as a principal lecturer in the field of "Knowledge Intensive Business Services (KIBS)" at the Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland. Prior to his academic career, Santonen worked for over a decade as a consultant and development manager in leading Finnish organizations in the financial, media, and ICT sectors. He is a scientific panel member of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management, a council member of the European Network of Living Labs, and a former board member of the Finnish Strategic Management Society. The Finnish Inventor Support Association has honored Santonen's novel crowdsourcing-based open innovation platform as the best school-related innovation in Finland. He is a patentee and has co-founded the first neuromarketing research company in Finland. As of today, he has published over 80 scientific papers. His research interests focus on various aspects related to "Innovation Management" and "Living Labs."
President, European Network of Living Labs, Thess-AHALL Researcher,
Evdokimos KonstantinidisPresident, European Network of Living Labs, Thess-AHALL Researcher,
Dr Evdokimos Konstantinidis is the leader of the Assistive Technologies and Silver Science Research Group in the Lab of Medical Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He received the Diploma in electronic engineering from the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, in 2004, the M.Sc. degree in medical informatics in 2008 from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and the Ph.D. degree in the Laboratory of Medical Physics of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2015. His research interests lie predominately in the area of medical informatics, particularly within assistive technologies (silverscience, silvergaming, mobile health)
Research associate, Medical Physics and Digital Innovation Lab
Despoina PetsaniResearch associate, Medical Physics and Digital Innovation Lab
Ms Despoina Petsani received her MSc in Medical Informatics and diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She is currently PhD Candidate and Research Associate in the Lab of Medical Physics and Digital Innovation, School of Medicine of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is also the Harmonization Body Coordinator of the VITALISE H2020 project where her tasks are to synchronise the goals and the objectives of the specific Harmonization Body, ensuring the openness to the global Living Lab and the research community. She was the Living Lab coordinator of CAPTAIN project (H2020) where she managed the co-creation activities in 5 living labs across 5 European countries. Among her tasks was to coordinate the CAPTAIN project requirements elicitation procedure from the end-users. She has experience in applying SCRUM and Agile approaches and applying Living Lab methodologies for the development of innovative technological solutions as part of the iProlepsis, HOSMARTAI and CAPTAIN H2020 project. Her research also includes the use of AI and machine learning solutions in the identification of health and wellbeing metrics from everyday life monitoring and the prediction of health outcomes.
Associate Professor and Research Director at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University
Eva KehayiaAssociate Professor and Research Director at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University
Prof. Eva Kehayia is Associate Professor and Research Director at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, Research co-director at the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital in Laval, affiliated with McGill University and researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of greater Montreal (CRIR). She is co-leading a pan-Canadian Partnership Initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council entitled: ‘Words in the World’. She has also been co-leading the Strategic Innovation Initiative entitled: The RehabMaLL -- A Rehabilitation Living lab: creating enabling environments for social participation and inclusion for individuals with physical, sensory and cognitive disabilities. Since 2021, she is leading the Canadian arm (McGill University-University of Montreal-CRIR Living Labs, EnoLL members) of the Horizon 2020 VITALISE project bringing together Health and Well-Being Living Labs across Europe and in Canada. Her projects aim at exploring language and communication limitations in those living with acquired and degenerative neurological conditions and in increasing accessibility, community participation and inclusion of all, especially those living with physical disabilities. Her research is carried out in the Language and Communication Research Lab at the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital, CISSS Laval.
Director of the Lab of Medical Physics and Digital Innovation, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)
Panagiotis BamidisDirector of the Lab of Medical Physics and Digital Innovation, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)
Panagiotis Bamidis is a Professor of Medical Physics, Informatics and Medical Education and Director of the Lab of Medical Physics and Digital Innovation in the School of Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece. He designs, implements, and evaluates IT and Assistive Technologies systems that improve everyday activities of elderly or other vulnerable groups and improves their health or life quality or improves the education and training of health professionals. He conducts research that attempts to understand how the brain reacts to different stimuli, technological or educational interventions, as well as, the development and evolution of human emotions and sleep transitions. Co-creation and Living Lab approaches are within his active interests. He is the co-ordinator of more than 12 large European projects, and the principal investigator for many national and international funded projects. He is the President of the Hellenic Biomedical Technology Society, HL7 Hellas, the international Society of Applied Neuroscience, a member of the Administration Boards of other societies and patient associations, the Chairman/Organiser of some 20 international conferences and several national Biomedical Technology conferences. Since 2012 he has established LLM Care ecosystem (www.llmcare.gr), a self funded initiative and social care service which was the business exploitation of the LLM project. He has also founded and leads Thessaloniki’s Active and Healthy Ageing action, which is a three-star reference site of the EIP-on-AHA. In 2013 he established the ThessAHALL, Thessaloniki’s Action for Health and Well-being Living Lab, which in 2018 became a full member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). Between 2017-2021 he was a visiting Professor of Medical Education Technology, Innovation and Change for the Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME) of the University of Leeds, UK. He received Prizes for the Best Track Record in funded research projects (AUTH Research Committee 2009; AUTH Dean of Health Sciences 2016, AUTH excellence committee 2021) and the Best overall high/extra-ordinary academic performance (AUTH Dean of Health Sciences 2018, 2019, 2020). Since 2020, he leads the Medical Education Innovation & Research Unit (MEIRU) of the Special Unit for Biomedical Research and Education (BRESU) of the School of Medicine. He has founded a Living Lab and 2 spin-offs.
Koen VervoortSenior Strategist
Starting his professional career in 1994 as frontline manager at Mc Donald’s, Nike and IKEA, he moved to the open innovation sector. Living the labs since 2006 @ i-City, IBBT, iMinds, City of Things & iMec. Sharing knowledge & experiences with internal and external clients as an User Involvement Evangelist. Working as an internal & external challenger in order to constantly improve the way of interacting, supporting & cooperating with (international)(large) panels of users & stakeholders in (complex) ecosystems. Keeping an eye on the quality of (large) quantitative surveys. Managing thematic monitors (e.g. digimeter, Smart City Meter) from A to Z. Setting up cross border cooperations between different panels. In 2020 he joined the ENoLL office to help the network grow.