The University of Twente is part of a large green campus area that functions as an open meeting place where opportunities exist for a new collaboration. Experimenting plays a key role to create, calibrate, and test new technological solutions for earth and infrastructure observation. The newly approved Living Innovation Lab (LILa) will provide a unique (semi-)controlled outdoor setting at the University of Twente campus. Its goal is to advance interrelated research, innovation and education of the Faculties Geo-Information and Earth Observation (ITC) and Engineering Technology (ET).
Recently, the Executive Board of the UT approved the start of the Living Innovation Lab (LILa). After its development in 2021 and 2022, LILa will function as a research, innovation and education lab to enable experimentation and support the development of new skills for both students, researchers and professionals. Local communities and industrial partners will help connect this lab to the larger global ecosystems in which the UT collaborates. The current design of the LILa site comprises two sections: (1) Land-Atmosphere Interactions and (2) Subsurface Infrastructure. The first one focuses on the observation of natural phenomena at surface level and in the atmosphere. The latter contains various bays with deployed cables and pipelines in distinctive soils.
The philosophy behind LILa is to establish a lab that not only provides a semi-controlled setting for observation, monitoring, and experimentation but also support training and education. Vocational schools, university students, and practitioners can use the site for training and development.
The Living Innovation Lab is a joint initiative of the faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) and Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC). The LILa is funded by the abovementioned faculties as well as external parties. The start of construction is in 2021. By 2022, we hope to be able to accommodate a wider audience and include LILa as a key facility in our education, research and future research proposals.