Develop of a proof of concept for the utilization of data for an optimal and controllable indoor environment at the DTU Library Living Lab

Master thesis by Jørgen Falch Waarsøe, December 2016

Abstract – The library at DTU has a vision of improving the indoor climate by making the library more intelligent and by turning the entire library into a living lab. Researchers and students should be able to use the living lab to conduct ex-periments that can lead to a improved indoor climate in the library. The first phase in turning the library into a living lab involves removing all the lamps and replacing them with LEDs. While replacing the lamps the library will also install sensors that can be used as a part of the living lab. The DTU library is now looking for ideas to how the new lighting system and sensors can be an integrated part of the living lab.

This thesis is about developing a software system, which can help the living lab improve to the indoor climate, by taking advantage of the new LED lamps in the library. The system developed consists of an automation system and a smartphone app. The automation system can be configured by users of the living lab users to take input from sensors and adjust the lighting accordingly. The smartphone app is used by the library guests to adjust the lighting decided by the automation system.

The tests made showed that the software is working as intended and that it can be a useful tool for conducting experiments. However the initial tests show that an automated lighting system can be very distracting. Therefore it is important that users can override the automation system.

Supervisor: (Al)Fred Heller, DTU Civil Engineering, Denmark.

The thesis download version: thesis_s103801

 

LabView for generic experiments – modul for data handling – Morten Sørensen

Project name: Creating a generic Virtual Research Environment

Project student: Morten Sørensen

Publication: Master thesis (Feb. 2013)

Software: Available – contact us.

Course type: Master thesis, Eng., Autumn 2012

Supervisor: (Al)Fred Heller

Summary: The project aims at developing a Virtual Research Environment based on NI LabView measurement and data handling software. The idea is to replace old laboratory experiments with this generic setup. NI LabView by National Instruments (NI).

The project result is a first prototype of a LabView program that is encapsulated in a module that can be applied to the task at hand. The module is able to handle the communication in and out of LabView, through, connections, files, web services and such like. Inside the module you can do whatever you want, and pipe it out to the relevant target.

More than one module can run in parallel but there are some limitations due to the way LabView is handling its naming and memory.

Relations to other work: The current prototype utilizes the measurements from the work by Christian Orthmann through a web service interface.

Vision talk: The idea is to introduce such data collection software, such as LabView, into a complete Virtual Research Environment (VRE), that is handling al the digital research and related education.

Next step: The next step would be to implement the prototype in a experiment. If you are a student at BYG, please come and talk with me about a project on this topic.