WORKING TOGETHER IN AN INTERDISCIPLINARY WAY
Our interdisciplinary team within the Bauhaus.MobilityLab project represents a wide range of high-level expertise and consists of research institutes, industrial partners, small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as universities, and the town of Erfurt, our state capital.
Bauhaus.MobilityLab creates a lab platform that allows AI technologies to be combined with data, companies and municipalities to cooperate, and researchers to meet users and develop sustainable innovations. There is a wide variety of possible topics, which is the reason why Bauhaus.MobilityLab sees itself as an ecosystem for the development of services, products and infrastructure.
Whilst Bauhaus.MobilityLab is currently being developed and plans are for it to be deployed as an open, scalable, and transferable system in other living labs throughout Europe, the establishment of an AI living lab in the state capital of Erfurt is already being supported within the framework of the project duration. This urban AI living lab is supposed to demonstrate the lab platforms performance capacity and render research and innovation services according to the principle of ‘Lab-as-a-Service’ in the long run. This way, the project’s economic sustainability is being pursued.
Erfurt was chosen as the setting for the living lab primarily because, as a town with a population of around 215,000 inhabitants, it is a typical European metropolis. That means that innovations developed here have a particularly great potential of being adopted in other towns.
Another reason for this choice is that Erfurt already has a data situation at its disposal in the field of mobility and transport that is unique in Germany and special across the globe. Thanks to several successful research projects in recent years, the Bauhaus.MobilityLab project can benefit from an extensive high-quality database, which will be expanded in the future with additional data sources from the mobility, logistics, and energy sectors.
While the lab platform and AI living lab are being constructed, specific developments in the project's core areas are already taking place. This is in line with the fast-paced development of AI technology. Moreover, these lab innovations reflect the needs of companies, municipalities and research institutions, and, therefore, there has been a particular emphasis on developing the lab platform in a customer and market-oriented manner right from the beginning.
In the coming years, the core fields of innovation for the lab to concentrate on include "Next Generation Mobility" (NGM), "Intelligent Transport Systems" (ITS), "Extended Urban Modelling" (EUM) and "Intelligent Energy Management" (IEM).