The Living Lab Thessaly (LLT) is a consortium of private and public bodies that constitute an innovative pole of reference for knowledge promotion focusing on “Quality of Life”. As such, the LLT aspires to exploit the unique climate, economic and societal conditions of Greece and facilitate testing for quality of life services and strategies in large populations. LLT is a founding member of the European Network of Living Labs (http://www.openlivinglabs.eu/) and one of the few of its kind in the Southeastern Europe. Moreover, the partners who comprise the LLT are already active in European-driven community and research efforts.
“Quality of Life”, which is an issue related to the interests of the University of Thessaly, the Research Centre (CE.RE.TE.TH) and the 6 hospitals of the Thessaly region. Moreover, the aims of LLT are strongly supported by the 71 information technology and high tech companies that are members of the Technological Park of Thessaly, also a member of LLT.
LLT is based in Trikala, a city located at the centre of Greece. The municipality, a LLT member, offers increased bandwidth wireless services to its citizens free of charge. This medium has set the basis for widespread involvement of Trikala citizens in the activities of LLT. The public bodies of LLT incorporate the University of Thessaly, CE.RE.TE.TH, and all hospitals of Thessaly, the city of Trikala and other bodies. Private bodies are many companies from the Thessaly region and the rest of Greece.
LLT aims at:
- boosting applied ICT research in the field of human movement (human performance, prevention and rehabilitation)
- contributing to the scientific and economical development of the region
- creating the potential for the commercial exploitation of user-driven research products and thus improve the quality of life of people with chronic disease and injuries as well as that of children and aging populations.
LLT offers the following services:
- Provides a unique validation environment for ICT based products and innovative services, strengthening industrial growth of region and business dexterity.
- Provides products and services to improve the quality of life of citizens (end-users).
- Facilitates research development within the area and particularly its applicability in the local area and in Greece in general and strengthen the local research community.
- Creates the necessary mechanisms for the transfer of the knowledge created in the main bodies of LLT, and assist in the development of the Thessaly prefecture, as an innovative high-level research centre.
- Provides the necessary mechanisms and guidance that will allow local stakeholder engagement in and execution of proposals for large scale projects funded by the State or private companies, which cannot be realized within the existing framework of the Greek universities and research centers.
- Supports research and services related to problems of the region of Thessaly and Greece that ultimately help realize the Lisbon strategy for jobs and growth in Europe.
The Centre for Research and Technology-Thessaly and the Laboratory of Agricultural Constructions and Environmental Control of the University of Thessaly, Department of Agriculture, Crop production and Rural Environment, are organising an Open Day on New Technologies in Greenhouse Hydroponic Cultivations, on the 23rd of May 2012.
The event is organized in the framework of the FP7 SIRRIMED Project (Sustainable use of Irrigation Water in the Mediterranean Region), which is co-funded by the European Union and is open to agronomists, greenhouse producers, students, etc.
During the event, the staff of CERETETH and the University will inform the participants about new technologies in greenhouse hydroponic cultivations and will present the experiments for irrigation water use saving, which take place in the farm in the framework of SIRRIMED.…
The Mechatronics Department is responsible for the promotion of research in the areas of Micromechanics, Materials, Nanomaterials and Nanostructures, Information and Telematic Systems, Robotics and Control Systems, Embedded and Wearable Systems and Sensors, Biomechatronics Technologies, and Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS). The Thessaly Mechatronics Department is designed to support rapid prototyping of products, education/training in the field of mechatronics technology (with emphasis to non traditional applications), for providing services to the related local industry, support the development of new companies, and promote innovation in industrial activities. To accomplish these objectives, a number of laboratories are supported.
Mechatronic technology has matured significantly and has made major impact in a variety of industries. Examples are the automobile, aero-space, transportation, and appliances manufacturing industries. Some of these products are of mechatronic nature themselves and can be found in office and home appliances, medical devices, production tools, and technology for leisure. Mechatronics is no longer confined in traditional large programs in the aeronautics, space and arms industries. It does not addresses only issues related to manufacturing processes, machine precision, packaging manufacturing and instrumentation. Instead, it has expanded to new application areas such medical engineering (implants and prosthetics), textile industry, aid to disability, agricultural engineering, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), machine mobility, multiscale rigid and compliant mechanics, material characterization, optical engineering, environmental engineering, energy systems, human enhancement engineering (wearable technologies) and various other areas where smart products were the subject of designer innovation. The advances in telecommunication, sensors, and computer networks have added a new dimension to mechatronics that has only recently been integrated into product design.
The Mechatronics Department needs to:
Bring new smart functionality to a product so that its capable to interact and communicate with its environment,
Realize fast time-to-market and a first-time-right product development, as well as inexpensive maintenance during its life time,
Improve overall product quality in order to boost significantly the future stakes of mechatronics technology.