COOCK Open City Workshop: Healthy Indoor Quality of Living

20 April 2021 @ 10:00 12:00 CEST

We usually ventilate our homes by opening windows or by using automatic ventilation but is this incoming air really that fresh? Or do we only make it worse by bringing in polluted outdoor air? Smart ventilation controlled by indoor and outdoor air quality, air purification in ventilation systems or in coatings on walls and windows, green facades that purify incoming air, a network of sensors that measure air quality online, etc. The possibilities for the improvement of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) are numerous and diverse but until now only rarely applied in practice. This workshop will define the problem and discuss the most important indoor pollutants, give an overview of what to measure and how to do it and pitch several technologies that can aid to purify indoor air.

The contact person for this workshop is Linus De Roo (UAntwerpen).


10.00 – 10.05 Intro, Linus De Roo (UAntwerpen)
10.05 – 10.50 Sources of indoor pollution and what/how to measure it, Marianne Stranger (VITO)
10.50 – 11.15 CO2 sensing and analytics in smart buildings, Valerio Panzica La Manna (IMEC-NL)
11.15 – 11.45 Air purification technologies, Linus De Roo (UAntwerpen)
11.45 – 12.00 Q&A, Linus De Roo (UAntwerpen)



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COOCK Open City Workshop: Connecting, Storing, and Publishing Sensor Data

2 February 2021 @ 09:00 11:00 CET

An open city allows urban challenges to be tackled using data. On the one hand, data must be shared in a uniform and scalable manner so that it forms the foundation for building specific views for a particular domain. On the other hand, the data (especially in the case of sensors as a data source) must be of sufficiently high quality so that true visualization models can be built. All these aspects are dealt with in a bottom-up, three-part COOCK workshop. 

This workshop (part one) is organized as follows: ​ 

  • We will start with a practical look at connecting sensors in the smart city. ​ 
  • We will continue with the different levels of interoperability to store and unlock this data and how this works concretely within the infrastructure of IDLab (Internet and Data science Lab). ​ 
  • Finally, research results will be shared about publishing real-time data as open data. ​ 


10:00 – 10:05 
Intro by imec-EDIT, Stefan Lefever 

10:05 – 10:35 
How to connect sensors today? by imec-IDLab, Johan Bergs 

10:35 – 10:55 
Minimum Interoperability Mechanisms and more by imec-EDIT, Stefan Lefever 

11:05 – 11:20 
General introduction to NGSI & available tools by IDLab Gent / imec-EDIT, Philip Leroux 

11:20 – 11:30 
Open Data Learnings from Imec CityOfThings project Observer by IDLab Gent, Brecht Van de Vyvere 

11:30 – 11:40 
Wrap-up and Q&A (10min)​ 

*Questions and issues with this workshop can be addressed to Bart Braem of the imec.



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Coock Open City First Workshop: Smart towards a high-quality living environment, a pioneering role for Flanders

12 January 2021 @ 13:00 17:00 CET

Learn more about the newly launched Coock Open City project during this first workshop!

“Open city – Knowledge transfer with regard to unlocking standards and best practices for one open ‘datafied’ society within the domain of environmental factors (air quality, sound, water, light, electromagnetic radiation, etc.) as the basis for innovation value models.”

The aim of the series of workshops is to unite knowledge institutions, policymakers and companies in order to make Flanders a model region in the field of smart monitoring and management of the living environment. A healthy living environment is perceived as pleasant, invites healthy behavior and causes the lowest possible pressure on health. Within the Coock project, the emphasis is on sound, air and electromagnetic radiation. In addition to monitoring the situation and impact on residents and users, a smart policy also requires a link with the pressure on this living environment. Traffic is important, for example, but it is certainly not the only driving force.

Topics of this first workshop in the series:

• From data to knowledge and prediction: ex. trend analysis; interpolation between measurements
• Data quality of living environment: ex. how to deal with a diversity of data; exchange of information between initiatives
• New sensors in a smart city context and their integration: ex. personal exposure monitoring

Agenda (4h online event):

• Ongoing policy initiatives (introduced by government agencies)
• Introduction of topics Noise, Electromagnetic, Air quality – followed by workshop with stakeholders
• Introduction to data collection, modeling, knowledge extraction – followed by workshop with stakeholders

Contributions from:
Karen Van Campenhout/Hans Reynders (Environment Department), Christophe Stroobants (VMM), Dick Botteldooren/Luc Dekoninck (UGent), Wout Joseph/David
Plets (imec), Martine Van Poppel (vito), Valerio Panzica La Manna (imec)

The workshop is free of charge. Are you unable to attend the webinar live? Register anyway, we will send the recording of the webinar to all registered participants.

*Questions and issues with this workshop can be addressed to Dick Botteldooren of the University of Ghent.




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