Section: Application Domains

Panorama: Living Labs, Smart Cities

AxIS addresses applicative field which has the following features:

a) requiring usage/data storage, preprocessing and analysis tools

  • for designing, evaluating and improving huge evolving hypermedia information systems (mainly Web-based ISs), for which end-users are of primary concern,

  • for a better understanding of service/product used with data mining techniques and knowledge management

  • for social network analysis (for example in Web 2.0 applications, Business Intelligence, Sustainable Development, etc.)

b) requiring user-driven innovation methods.

Even if our know-how, methods and algorithms have a cross domain applicability, our team chooses to focus on Living Lab projects (and mainly related to Sustainable Development for Smart Cities) (cf. section  6.5.5 which imply user involvement for the generation of future services/products. Indeed, following the Rio Conference (1992) and the Agenda for the 21st Century, local territories are now directly concerned with the set up of actions for a sustainable development. In this frame, ICT tools are supposed to be very efficient to re-engage people in the democratic process and to make decision-making more transparent, inclusive and accessible. So, sustainable development is closely associated with citizen participation. The emerging research field of e-democracy (so called Digital Democracy or eParticipation), concerned with the use of communications technologies such as the Internet to enhance the democratic processes is now a very active field. Though still in its infancy, a lot of literature is already available (see for instance: http://itc.napier.ac.uk/ITC/publications.asp or http://www.demo-net.org/ for a global view of work in Europe) and numerous different topics are addressed in the field.

Our experience particularly stressed on the following applicative domains:

  • Transportation systems & Mobility (cf. section  4.2 ),

  • Tourism (cf. section  4.3 ),

  • User Involvement in Energy, Environment, Well Being & Health and e-governement (cf. section  4.4 ).