At the Adaptive Environments Research Group, they are currently working on the ELFORSK project Energy optimization through adaptive lighting control (EAL), which is scheduled to run until 2017. Concepts such as smart home and smart technology describes what is currently one of the primary approaches to achieving a balance between sustainability and advanced user-control within the modern home. Companies such as Apple, Google, and Samsung are all bidding to become the prominent platform for Smart Home technology and it is in the context of this paradigm that the EAL project seeks to develop control devices for adaptive and smart lighting, which enables intelligent lighting systems that encompasses qualitative user preferences and intelligent system behavior.
The project is currently in a state where an experimental lighting-kit consisting of 9 adaptive control devices and 40 luminaires has been developed. The control devices are extended with a preliminary software system that enables adaptivity in the behaviour of the system. This software allows coordination of relations between the control devices, basic level of machine learning, input from outdoor lighting conditions, and an embedded digital weather algorithm that controls the overall system behaviour.
The system is currently installed in a real-life living lab at the IT University of Copenhagen in order to conduct experimental proof of concept with regards to the previously developed specifications and parameters. The aim is to develop methods for gathering and validating evidence that applies to the complexity of user-centered energy usage optimisation with adaptive lighting, as well as establishing procedures for research approaches with a diverse set of experts from areas pertaining to architectural quality, lighting design and user experience.