New Living Lab program offers research opportunities for SFU graduate students

Oscar, developed and invented by SFU student Vivek Vyas, right, and SFU alumnus Hassan Murad, uses an AI-powered display and vision system to distinguish recycling from trash and offers visual cues to help users sort waste items. The robot has been installed at SFU’s Surrey campus. Photo credit: SFU

Simon Fraser University, supported by PICS, is proud to launch Living Lab.

Living Lab is a program launched in fall 2020 that applies SFU’s leading sustainability and climate research to its own infrastructure and facilities, testing innovative solutions on-site that can then be applied and scaled anywhere in the world.

Through experiential and applied research with teams of staff, faculty and graduate students, Living Lab facilitates an innovative new model for sustainability-themed research at Simon Fraser University.

In the Living Lab program, SFU researchers can pilot and evaluate ideas and innovations on campus; staff can make evidence-based decisions about new projects; and graduate students can contribute to timely applied research.

The Living Lab program uses external funding available to graduate students, awards funding, and relevant SFU staff to test research innovation ideas.

For the fall 2020 semester the Living Lab seeks sustainability projects on the following themes:

  • Reducing building and fleet greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions;
  • Researching solutions for transitioning SFU to renewable energy sources;
  • Reducing transportation GHG emissions; and
  • Reducing operational waste

The Living Lab program will accept research proposals until a new extended deadline of November 13, 2020. SFU graduate students from all disciplines may submit proposals with the support of their faculty advisor.

Learn more and submit your research proposal at Living Lab.

The SFU Living Lab is a partnership initiative between the SFU Sustainability Office, SFU’s Office of the Vice-President, Research and International, and SFU’s Office of Vice-President, Finance and Administration. It is made possible by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and SFU’s Re-use for Good Initiative.