Living lab TU/e

There are several living labs and student teams at the university with a focus on smart cities.

Smart Lighting

The Market Hall Living Light Lab supports (education in) light and lighting-related research and design in different ways. The Market Hall offers a playground on which students and researchers, from both TU/e and industry, can test and design novel interactive or smart lighting solutions, or conduct research on components of smart lighting systems, and light’s effect on human behavior and experience. Developing apps that allow people to tailor public lighting to their own needs and desires, testing new and more sophisticated algorithms for sensor data interpretations, or conducting psychological research on the effects of lighting on pedestrian movement and social interactions, are but a few of the possibilities. As such, the Market Hall is intended to be more than a lab facility, but an eco-system where various stakeholders can interact and explore the potential benefits of cooperation.

3D concrete printer

The concrete printer enables objects of up to 11 meters long, 5 meters wide and 4 meters high to be printed. The university will be working with the building industry to develop knowledge over the course of a number of years to print pioneering and easily recyclable concrete products. Printing concrete allows smart components to be printed at exactly the right spot. Like wireless sensors, for instance to measure the temperature, or for lighting that comes on when someone enters the room, or for security purposes.


Once renovation has been completed in 2018, TU/e Atlas building will be transformed into an attractive, sustainable and future-proof building optimally acclimatized for study, work and living. The building that dates from 1963 will be connected to the geothermal energy installation, have a highly insular glass facade with a unique system of windows and use Smart Energy Saving Lighting. The modernized Atlas building will also become a living lab for the Intelligent Lighting Institute (ILI) to research and test intelligent lighting (SAD-free environment).