Team AxIS

Overall Objectives
Application Domains
New Results
Contracts and Grants with Industry
Other Grants and Activities

Section: Other Grants and Activities

Regional Initiatives

Due to the bi-localization of the team, we are involved in two regions: PACA and Ile-de-France. We were this year very active in both regions,

In PACA: In 2008, the PACA Regional Council launched the Pacalabs initiative for supporting experimentations of innovative services (from SMEs) or exploratory ideas (from academic world) with real users. AxIS-Sophia is involved in the living lab ICT Usage (cf. 8.1.1 ) and in the CPER telius (cf. 8.1.2 ).

Five new projects started this year:

In Ile de France:

ICT Usage Lab: Activities & projects, Terriotries, Campus STIC Usages

Participants : Brigitte Trousse, Bernard Senach.


Activities and Projects

AxIS carried on with current founding partners (Orange Labs, INRIA, CSTB, UNSA) the setting up of the Living lab  ICT Usage Lab  (Sophia-Antipolis) who was labelled during the first wave by the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) in 2006 and was the first French living lab.

This year, at the regional level, the ICT Usage lab has driven its roots deeper in the territories through collaborations with SME, exchanges with local authorities and participation to events to improve its local visibility. The contacts established last year with SMEs and territories in order to answer to different calls for proposals were fruitfull.

Communication: we put stress on communication this year through several actions:

B. Trousse, as representative of the living lab ICT Usage Lab was invited to participate in a panel related to Clusters and Living Labs at Marseille, event organised by the Institute of the Méditerrannée.

Links with Territories in PACA

We had several meetings with representatives of the Urban Community of Nice Côte d'Azur for collaboration in different proposal:

We took part in several meetings organized by the PACA Regional Council

We took part in an innovation project in the City of Grasse "Innover Autrement", where QR-Code are available along routes in the city to provide touristic information.

We submitted in 2010 the INTEREG-Alcotra project "Excellence Technologique Touristique" with the Regional Council of Tourism of the PACA Region. the Tourism Office Of Aix, the Tourism Office of Digne-les-Bains and Provincia di Imperia (Italy, coordinator).

Campus STIC “ Usages”

The ICT Usage lab leads researches related to the topic Usages, one of the four topics of the Campus Sophia-STIC . Cross Research related to the three others topics of the Campus STIC is addressed through several projects:

In addition, the ICT Usage Lab has defined 3 main streams for its research activities on “Usages”:

PACA CPER TELIUS: FocusLab Platform

Participants : Brigitte Trousse, Bernard Senach, Yves Lechevallier.

In 2007, in a framework agreement between french government and PACA territory (CPER Telius), AxIS proposed the creation of an experimentation platform FOCUS (Finding Out Collective Usage) renamed FocusLab. This proposal was accepted and in 2008 AxIS received funding for buying equipments useful for future experiments in the Region. The FOCUS platform is composed of three parts:

The planned software part of the FOCUS platform aims to support researchers, engineers or SMEs in evaluating their prototypes&services, interested in usage analysis, such as web usage, co-conception, user centered pilots in real life (scale 1) or experiments in laboratories contexts. Support offered to computer science community and industrial concerned by usage assessment, prototype validation and benchmarking will help them to improve practice in analyzing usage data.

To avoid ambiguities with a new research Inria team, we renamed our platform Focusab. This year it was enriched year with several technical equipment: 1 eye-tracker TOBII and 10 personal computers

A 3 days training session was held to master advanced eye tracking studies (participants: Inria, Unsa and Orange labs). A technical analysis of current AxIS software is currently in progress. It will lead to precise requirement for the portal giving access to our software.

PREDIT ADEME: TicTac (jan 2010- jan 2012)

Participants : Guillaume Pilot, Bernard Senach, Brigitte Trousse [resp.] .

Requirements for sustainable development push innovation. If one wants people to use public transportation solution rather than individual vehicules, these collective solutions have to become very attractive.

Tictac project aims to provide an advanced travellers' information system in which real time information about waiting time at bus stop will be provided: users define their "favourite" and can call a vocal server which give them immediately the requested information. In a first step, a single bus line with in-vehicule GPS is concerned by the study but in the next step the information system will be extended to other means of transport (train, car pooling...) over a larger territory. Our data mining technologies are applied used to tracks of cell phone usage to understand how people use the service.

In this project, we study also new methods to collect users feed-back and improve information quality through Web 2.0 tools.

Partners: VuLog (project coordinator), INRIA, MHC Conseil.


PacaLabs: ECOFFICES Project (aug 2010- sep 2011)

Participants : Carole Goffart, Bernard Senach, Brigitte Trousse [resp.] .

ECOFFICES is an eco-challenge within an enterprise. Some offices are equipped with sensors and feed-back concerning energy consumption is provided. The goal of the project is to provoke behavioural changes. In this project our team is in charge of the evaluation phase: usage data concerning actions on actuators will be registered and employees behaviour will be tracked. The experimentation will consist in three successive stages: In the first stage data are registered during the usual work of the challengers. The user interface providing consumption feed-back is provided The second stage is the challenge phase where 3 teams are competing to reach the best economy level. In the last stage, after the challenge, data are registered to study the change of practices, if any. We provided one delivrable (D1.3) related to the experimentation protocol [65]

Partners: CASA, CSTB, Osmose (Project coordinator) and Inria


PacaLabs: HOTEL-REF-PACA Project (dec 2010- dec 2011)

Participants : Florian Bonacina, Bernard Senach, Brigitte Trousse [resp.] .

This project, conducted with Perferencement, a SME specialized in web site referencing, aims at improving hinterland tourism. Experiments of different new referencing rules will be conducted with Web site visitors in order to study their effect on behavioural changes and touristic choices.

The experimentation will consist in three main stages:

Hotel-keepers and tourists will be involved in the experimentation for validation of the new referencing rules.

The project was offically launched on December 7th at the Palais de la Méditerrannée, Nice.

Partners: Perferencement (projct coordinator), Inria and General Council of Alpes Maritimes (Territorial authority of the Riviera).

Color Inria Action: Open Data - CDISOD (2010)

Participants : Mylène Leitzelman, Bernard Senach, Brigitte Trousse [resp.] .

During the year 2009, at a talk about Living lab, we met FING (Fondation Internet Nouvelle Generation, C. Nepote and J.-M Bourgogne), a French thinktank involved in open innovation projects and open access to public data. We decided then to collaborate on this subject and submitted this year with the collaboration of ADEME (G. Plassat) and CETE Méditerranée (P. Gendre), a color action (INRIA funding) named CDISOD (Citizen Driven Innovative Services based on Open Data). The goal of the project is to study how a collaborative platform can be used to support open innovation processes. The expected application domain was public data about a local transportation system but the access to the data was not available.A state of the art of open innovation tools is under finalisation.

Collaborations with SMEs

Participants : Yves Lechevallier, Bernard Senach, Brigitte Trousse.

We had this year many contacts with SMEs in Paca interested in usage analysis and IS evaluation.


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