Atlas Living Lab

Status Quo

The Atlas Living Lab is not active yet. We are currently finalizing the technical infrastructure for research and are finalizing the organizational aspects, such as the Data Use Policy, in coordination with representative groups of the TU/e community. The expectation is that the lab will be up and running at the earliest in April 2019.

What is a Living Lab?

A living Lab is a data-intensive infrastructure for scientific experiments on and observation of human subjects in interaction with technology, coextensive with the everyday work and living environments of those subjects.

Why the Atlas Living Lab?

Research and development of intelligent technologies and services for health, wellbeing and sustainability is an integral part of the TU/e and European research agenda. To tackle the challenges in these fields, researchers increasingly look into intelligent and networked technologies that are embedded in our built environment. The long-term patterns of use and the effects on people, for example on health, wellbeing, social interaction and energy use, can best be researched meaningfully in the real, live world. The Atlas building offers a unique environment for research, with its large scale, its focus on sustainability, its place in the TU/e community, and its intelligent lighting infrastructure.


The goal is to make the Atlas Living Lab into a best practice for indoor Living Labs, that respects the interests of its residents and offers researchers and students new possibilities to tackle their research and development challenges. Results of the work in this Atlas Living Lab should contribute to making the Atlas Building and other office buildings safer, more comfortable, healthier and more energy-efficient.

Who can make use of the Atlas Living Lab?

Any group at TU/e can apply to do research in the Atlas Living Lab. All research projects will require a full proposal that need to be approved by the ethical committee, and other relevant parties. More details about the application process will follow in February. Contact the labcoordinator at for information on the possibilities.



Description of the infrastructure

The Atlas Living Lab infrastructure spans the 4th to 11th floor of the Atlas Building, excluding the toilets, technical spaces and emergency stairs. The Living Lab infrastructure is based on the Philips Connected Office lighting system. This basic infrastructure consists of the following elements:

  • An IP based network infrastructure, part of the TU/e internal network
  • Dimmable Philips LED luminaires that are IP addressable
  • Sensors that capture information that in itself is anonymous and not uniquely identifying. The initial set of sensors is embedded in the luminaires and measures occurrence of movement (yes/no) in a range of approx. 2m by 3m for small movements (at a desk) and approx. 3m by 5m for large movements (walking).
  • Control software: Philips Connected Office software allows monitoring of luminaires and sensors and control of dim levels of individual luminaires. The software also includes an Application Programming Interface, that allows other applications to read and control the hardware.
  • The Atlas Living Lab server that extracts research data from the system and that runs applications made for projects in the Atlas Living Lab.
  • The Atlas Research Database. This database stores data from the Atlas Living Lab.
  • Information signs about Living Lab research at every entrance leading up to the Atlas Living Lab.
  • The research infrastructure offers the possibility for including new sensors and controlling other building systems like heating.



Privacy and use policy

The workgroup Atlas Living Lab of the Intelligent Lighting Institute has been preparing the specifications and use of the Atlas building as Living Lab since 2014. This workgroup consists of TU/e researchers, people from Dienst Huisvesting, Dienst ICT, the CIO (Chief Information Officer) office and other stakeholders. Since December 2017, the workgroup has been working on the Data Use Policy for use of the Living Lab. This document describes how privacy and other rights of users of the building will be respected when doing research in the living lab, ensuring compliance with: The General Data Protection Regulation (EU law 2018), The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (2018) and the TU/e Code of Scientific Conduct. The Data Use Policy has been discussed with and reviewed by the TU/e Union Counsel (Vakbondenraad), the Services Council (Dienstraad) the University Council (U- Raad), the faculty counsels of IE&IS and ID, and the task groups Atlas of IE&IS and ID. Currently, the Data Use Policy is under review of the CvB. The decision making process of TU/e about the Data Use Policy is expected to complete in February 2019. In case of approval, a fully detailed Data Use Policy will be made available here.



Contact the Atlas Living Lab coordinator Nasir Abed via