Lorraine Smart City Living Lab

The Lorraine Smart Cities Living Lab (LSCLL) of the University of Lorraine at the service of citizens and territories

Already 10 years of Living Lab in the Grand Est region! In 2018, the Lorraine Smart Cities Living Lab (LSCLL) celebrates its 10th anniversary and experiments in terms of projects, governance and support platform.

The Lorraine Smart Cities Living Lab is a collaborative resource centre of the University of Lorraine, to support and link the various thematic and territorial labs integrating users and implementing collaborative approaches in the service of Research, Development of Innovations, Training and a Citizen Culture. The LSCLL seeks to develop Public Private Population Partnerships (PPPPs) to disseminate innovation and related practices.

The LSCLLL brings together several teams from the University of Lorraine. In 2018, INRA joined the governance of the LSCLL as part of the TIGA project “Des Hommes et des Arbres

It experiments, develops and capitalizes on a dynamic of universality based on

  • A legally neutral university space
  • A third party guarantor
  • A university foundation A Fab Living Lab Engineering proposing an integrated process:
  • Ideation
  • Materialization
  • Test by use

Open Citizen Labs engineering, for: Facilitate access to places where users and citizens are present Involve them in all stages of a project

It covers: 5 Issues for innovative territories (Details to come)

  • The Man / Nature Relationship
  • The Digital Transition
  • The Energy and Ecological Transition
  • The Art of Living and Moving
  • Health and well-being at all stages of life

A recognized Living Lab, the result of the actors who make it up

Designed from 2008, by the ERPI laboratory team in partnership with local socio-economic actors, the LSCLL is the LL of the University of Lorraine. It was recognized and accredited in 2010 by ENoLL, the European Living Lab network. In 2013, and in 2015, the LSCLL became a co-founding member of France Living Labs and Francophonie Living Labs.

The LSCLL is a “project mode” led by the ERPI laboratory, with governance open to local actors interested in innovation through use at the service of citizens. The LSCLL does not have its own legal structure. It is the result of the pooling of the resources of actors who wish to collaborate together on a theme, a mechanism, a research question involving users in the development of responses to societal challenges.

The term “Lorraine” refers to the initial territory of anchorage, it corresponds to the territory of the University of Lorraine, and works with all continents. The notion of “Smart Cities” is understood in the very broad sense covering all the possible themes of territories, their challenges and the transitions they face.

In 2010-2011, the Lorraine Smart Cities Living Lab received support from the DIRECCTE Lorraine and the Lorraine Region on the basis of European funding (ERDF). Since 2011, the LSCLL has been funded by the ERPI laboratory’s research projects.

Summary of the main results (2008-2017)

Without being exhaustive, here are some of the results provided by the LSCLL and projects promoted within the framework of the LSCLL or developed in line with its dynamics (2008 - 2018):

  • 27 Scientific publications: fundamentals and methodologies, capitalisation and dissemination (see: Publications sections).
  • 3 PhD theses defended (L. Dupont, N. Skiba, J. Hubert) and 3 ongoing (A. Convolte, J. Lacroix, G. Tran).
  • A research project with EDF.
  • A collaborative Chair: the REVES Chair (2014-2019) supported by ENEDIS, EDF, the Greater Nancy Metropolitan Area and the University of Lorraine.
  • Guest of honour at the International Fair of Nancy in 2017 (36 m2 stand) and 2018 (90 m2 stand) to deploy the Open Citizen Labs,
  • The Lorraine Fab Living Lab® Platform (www.lf2l.fr): collaborative innovation space, new generation scientific instrumentation at the service of participatory science.
  • A training module at TELECOM Nancy: “Engineering and Application of Data Masses” or Big Data Smart Cities
  • The co-founding of the Réseau France Living Labs in 2012-2013 and the Francophonie Living Labs network in 2015 (with the support of the Consulate General of France in Quebec City)
  • Ingexys Innovation Workshops, operational since 2009
  • The European LILA Project with Promotech CEI: International product or service test (2012-2013)
  • Dozens of Demonstrators: M-Learning, La Fabrique Nancy Grand Cœur, 3D traffic flow simulation, Muséum-Aquarium de Nancy, Smart City Living Lab d’Alzette-Belval, Linky by Makers, VélOstan Connectés, etc. (dedicated pages to come)
  • Dozens of conferences and testimonies in France and abroad
  • The sponsorship of several Living Labs now recognized: Technoport in Luxembourg, Aktan in Orléan
  • Support in the development of innovation spaces in the Greater East Region: ex TUBA in Mulhouse, Pole Territorial Innovation in Dieuze, etc., in Colombia (ViveLabs network), in Canada, etc.


Laurent Dupont, Ing., Dr., scientific coordinator: l.dupont {at} univ-lorraine.fr