SMART SPACES: Creating The Infrastructure for Innovation

2nd Sept 2015

We have entered a new era of high innovation, where we will need to provide people with something more than just space or a place to work. In the United States and UK we are seeing more labs being created, which will host the development of robotics, medtech, artificial intelligence, and neurotechnology. These spaces are making us rethink the design of cities and buildings.

Professionals working in built environments such as architects, designers, developers, urban planners and placemakers will play a paramount role in shaping future innovation. After all, it is this industry that shapes and creates buildings, which house the people behind the innovation.

Joins us and the Museum of Architecture to discuss how buildings create the infrastructure of innovation.

What is a Smart Space?

Smart Spaces are not just ordinary environments, but instead spaces designed with the human in mind and with neuroscientific backing which are then additionally equipped with visual and audio sensing system, pervasive devices, sensors and networks that can act and react to people, sense human activities and respond to them. These smart space elements require middleware, standards and interfacing technologies to manage complex interactions between them. Here, we will provide an overview of the tools that can be integrated to build Smart Spaces, review the various scenarios in which Smart Spaces have been incorporated by researchers, and discuss the requirements of software infrastructure for programming and networking them, as well as how humans can interact with these new frameworks. The purpose behind having this discussion is to explore the role these smart spaces have in housing the innovation that we create.