Mondragon Unibertsitatea in the 2nd Congress for Intelligent Buildings (II Congreso Edificios Inteligentes)

The Telematics and Web Engineering groups of Mondragon Unibertsitatea (Mondragon University) have taken part in the 2nd Congress for Intelligent Buildings (II Congreso Edificios Inteligentes). The congress was held on October 27th and 28th in the Auditorium of the School of Industrial Engineers of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid).
Framed in the European project CITyFiED, they presented the methodology followed to design and develop visualization solutions capable of displaying data collected in the demonstrators in a friendly and simple manner. The main objective of those solutions is to support the residents in reducing their energy consumption by means of awareness and commitment (engagement).

The congress gathered over 200 people and counted with Schneider Electric, Hager, Johnson Controls, Lilin, Siemon , Zennio, ABB, Carlo Gavazzi, Ingenium, KNX España, MP Ascensores and Somfy as main sponsors. Felix Larrinaga, lecturer and researcher in the Web Engineering Group of Mondragon Unibertsitatea presented the methodology during the second day of the programme.

The methodology is an adaptation of the User Centered Design (UCD) approach, although only considers the needs identified for CITyFiED. This approach is similar to other UCD variants called User Driven Innovation, Human Centered Design, Design Thinking or Experience Design.
The proposed methodology consists of four main stages; Concept, Design, Development and Deployment. The next two figures present the stages and tasks to be addressed in each stage of the methodology and the tools and the technologies to be used in each of those stages.

The presentation also tackled the application of the methodology in the project, Torrelago demonstrator  in Laguna de Duero (Valladolid). The application of the methodology implies the organization of workshops, brainstorming sessions and user test events. This link shows a video, also presented in the congress,  that summarizes the activities organized by Mondragon Universitatea in the project to apply the methodology.

The CITyFiED project where the research has been conducted, was previously mentioned in this entry and aims to develop a replicable, systemic and integrated strategy to adapt European cities and urban ecosystems into the smart city of the future, focusing on reducing the energy demand and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy sources by developing and implementing innovative technologies and methodologies for building renovation, smart grid and district heating networks and their interfaces with ICTs and Mobility.

The CITyFiED project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 609129.


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