The research support programme within ProFit will investigate the needs of potential users in each FieldLab as a basis for creating inviting environments. Furthermore, it will develop co-design tools for supporting multi stakeholder communication in open innovation processes (led by TU Eindhoven). It also will provide businesses with scientific and relevant feedback on the effects of their prototypes and/or products to facilitate accelerated product development. The results showing the economic benefits for business creation as well as benefits for health and well-being – will convince cities, regions and businesses to invest in FieldLabs.
The lead role for this research is carried out by Sheffield Hallam University. SHU is one of the biggest providers of sport, health, social care and teacher training in the UK. The Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER), part of the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, is internationally renowned. It focuses on developing fundamental understanding of the complex sporting environment and the creation of innovative technology applications.
The research within the ProFit framwork involves establishing methods and mechanisms to enable the measurement of FieldLab performance data (product, people, societal, environmental). The essential element in this will be the design and installation of measurement systems. Initial foundations for each FieldLab have been established through a user needs analysis in all city locations (led by TU Delft).