the living lab smart office space

The Living Lab smart office space is a collaborative project of the University of Kaiserslautern and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). It is an experimental space for innovations in the area of Personalized Environment and Ambient Intelligence which are developed and evaluated by the team of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sabine Hoffmann (department of Built Environment).

The research aims for new approaches to provide individual comfort for building occupants and smart solutions for the building envelope and lighting controls. In addition to comfort, there is a strong focus on energy efficiency.




Newly developed soft- and hardware from various research groups of DFKI are developed and deployed under the direction of Prof. Dr. Andreas Dengel.

As a living lab, the space is used not only for scientific research but also as a temporary work place for faculty members and DFKI staff.

People working in the living lab use the trendsetting technologies and figure as test persons by giving regular user feedback which is crucial for evaluation and enhancements.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sabine Hoffmann

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sabine Hoffmann (born in 1972) was appointed full professor at the University of Kaiserslautern in 2014. She is now head of the department of Built Environment.

After graduating in building physics, she did a PhD researching the use of phase change materials (PCM) in buildings. After her PhD, she worked in the Research & Development department of a renowned German construction firm where she was responsible for all building physics related topics of the building envelope in their international projects.

After a few years in industry, Sabine Hoffmann moved back to research in 2010. Prior to her return to Germany as a professor, she worked as a senior researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California, Berkeley, United States.

Prof. Dr. Prof. h.c. Andreas Dengel

Prof. Dr. Andreas Dengel (born in 1961) is member of the board and scientific director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).

At DFKI, he leads the research center of Knowledge Management and is head of DFKI at the Kaiserslautern site.

Since 1993 he is professor of computer science at the University of Kaiserslautern and head of the department Knowledge Based Systems.

In 2009 he became honorary professor at the Department of Computer Science and Intelligent Systems of the Graduate School of Engineering at Osaka Prefecture University in Japan.

Over the past years he has initiated and founded more than half a dozen of start-ups.