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CZS supported AI projects – session 1
10:30 AM – 11:40 PM

Development opportunities for smart neighbourhoods

The requirements for a modern living environment are currently changing: it is not only about comfortable living but also about topics such as health, smart technology, energy saving and mobility. What kind of digital maturity does such a neighbourhood need? What are the prerequisites for this? And which technologies have potential for different living situations?

Speaker and Project leader

Prof. Dr. Christian Erfurth

Christian Erfurth studied computer science at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and has held a professorship in computer science in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena, University of Applied Sciences since 2010. In his application-oriented research, he deals with the use and development of digital solutions in work and life situations and its transfer into practice. He has extensive experience from various interdisciplinary projects. In 2021, he received the Sparkasse Prize for Applied Research. Since October, his professorship has been specially funded by the university for 5 years as a research focus professorship in the topic area of “Digitalisation, Artificial Intelligence and Healthy Society”.

The research and development project aims to develop and test technical and social solutions for making work more flexible and for participation in a social context by research and practice partners in a real laboratory (Living Lab) – together with the users throughout the entire process. We explore digital-social solutions in 4 dimensions: Working, Living, Housing, and Caring. The Living Lab is the Smart Quarter Jena Lobeda, where our project partner Stadtwerke Jena Gruppe is already breaking new ground in the areas of housing and energy, mobility, purchasing and logistics, health and platform.

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. habil. Michael Opielka