The i3B network can utilize (field) lab facilities to exchange ideas, develop prototypes, test and finally introduce to the world innovative ICT solutions for Brain, Body and Behavior.
In the i3B Lab, situated in Wageningen the prototypes of the technology providers are tested in relevant but small-scale lab environments with representative test subjects. The prototypes are technically validated, debugged, iteratively improved and combined with tools from other partners into integrated systems. As soon as they are robust enough they are offered to the next link in the chain, field labs.
Within the network of participants other well equipped labs are available upon request. We cooperate with several Field labs* in the network.
*Field labs are controlled environments, modeled after the real world, where tests and valorization is done with end-users.
The facilities of the i3B Lab are available to the participating parties for the following functions:
Receiving clients and prospects to explore ideas, wishes and requirements supported by the appropriate ICT tools.
Research and development
The greatest synergetic value will be achieved in case of joint technical research and product development. After all, physical co-location leads to a more efficient and effective collaboration than remote collaboration via e-mail. However there must also be space for the R&D activities of an individual company which could, for example, be realized by having certain unique facilities in the i3B Lab. The lab can also accommodate interns, graduate students and PhD fellows employed by the participating companies and universities. The types of research undertaken will cover:
Testing prototypes of new hardware and software to establish their technical reliability.
Collaboration between R&D staff from two or more participating companies for the purpose of system integration.
Experiments with test subjects for the purpose of validating new measurement and analysis tools before these are used in real-life contexts, in other words the next link in the value chain.
Cross-validation of measurement techniques: experiments in which two or more techniques of participating companies are simultaneously deployed, e.g. brain activity (EEG) and heart rate variability (HRV) as indicators of stress.
The high tech labs can function as a showroom where prospects and clients can be received for product demonstrations.
In the high tech labs and general-purpose rooms participating companies can provide training courses in realistic settings for the use of their measurement and analysis tools for the benefit of their employees, resellers and clients.
The high tech labs can be used by participating companies (or rented by third parties) for paid studies on behalf of commercial clients.
The i3B Lab provides excellent opportunities for knowledge transfer activities by fellow professionals or for the general public, in the form of symposia, conferences, and seminars.
The i3B Lab consists of several high tech labs and several general-purpose rooms. The high tech labs are set up such that the theme they are used for can be changed over the course of time. The equipment and furnishings is continuously updated. Each high tech lab is equipped with sensors, video and audio recording equipment, in order to measure physiological and behavioral parameters of the object under study. Interaction between users and prototypes and products is observed continuously by, among others video cameras and microphones built into ceilings and walls. The i3B Lab has gradually developed and is about to achieve its full size and possibilities based on market demand. A provisional summary of the high tech labs and general-purpose rooms is given below.
High tech labs
The high tech labs are available for both human and animal research and valorisation.
An example of a high tech lab: the Ambiance Room laboratory
Wherever possible, cooperation will be sought with existing Living Lab infrastructures in order to prevent the unnecessary duplication of specific labs. Examples are labs of nearby universities or research institutes, some of which have excellent research facilities that are not fully used.