Digital Interactive Smart Spaces​

Thanks to the advances of Internet of Things, the increasingly low cost of sensors and actuators, the improved network connectivity, the availability of software components and tools to support application development, our environment is increasingly enriched with digital devices that waive themselves into the fabric of our physical space and objects. Forecasts suggest that by 2030 around 50 billion of IoT devices will be in use around the world, creating a massive web of interconnected 'things' that are making our spaces 'smart', i.e., responsive and adaptive to the user’s behavior and to the change of environmental properties, enabling new interactive applications to empower users and the quality of their life in many different fields.


The 'Digital Interactive Smart Spaces'​ Summer School addresses the challenges of this scenario from a technological, methodological, societal, and business perspective. It provides a comprehensive view of all aspects related to Smart Spaces: technologies for Smart Spaces development (hardware devices, middlewares, communication architectures, software frameworks); interaction paradigms (e.g. gestures, touch, eye gaze, voice, tangible manipulation) and UX evaluation methods; application domains (e.g., home/work automation, automotive, culture, health and well-being, education, entertainment); business challenges and entrepreneurship opportunities; ethical, sociological and psychological aspects of Smart Spaces.


The Summer School is devoted to Master's and Ph.D. students, researchers and professionals who want to:

  • deepen their knowledge on Smart Spaces technology, and its potential/limitations
  • improve their competence on interaction design for Smart Spaces, and explore how applications can be developed to maximize usability, accessibility, and effectiveness
  • better understand the business opportunities in this arena and the social challenges involved

Participants will build competences and skills that will enable them to become innovators in the field of Smart Spaces, as designers, developers, academic researchers, or business managers in start-ups or larger companies.

Milano is one of the largest cities in Italy, famous for its wealth of historical and modern sights, its vibrant atmosphere, its shopping, opera, and nightlife.

Milano is 30 minutes by train from Como, and is easily accessible by train from everywhere in Italy and from 2 airports (Malpensa and Linate). Politecnico di Milano Main Campus is located in the East side of Downtown Milano and is connected to airports and train staions by train and metro. Attendants will be host in the Youth Hostel or hotels in the Politecnico district.


The format consists of a mix of lectures, case studies presentation, demos in real smart spaces installations; autonomous and supervised teamwork on project design and business planning; and team building activities.  

The Summer School is organized in 2 weeks, the first one held on the Como Lake at the Villa del Grumello, the second one held in Milano at Politecnico Main Campus.

Week 1 - Villa Grumello (Como Lake)

  • Lectures: Technologies for Smart Spaces; Interaction Modes in Smart Spaces; Methods for UX design & evaluation; Smart Space applications; Industry case studies;
  • Project teamwork (focused on Requirements analysis+Concept design)
  • Social Event (Cruise on the Como Lake)

Week 2 - Politecnico di Milano (Milano)

  • Lectures on: Industry case studies; I&E perspectives for Smart Spaces; Pitch creation Smart Space demos (trip to Smart Space installations)
  • Project work (UX+Technology, Design; Biz plan; Pitch Preparation) Project Final Presentation 


The academic speakers are Professors and Researchers from Politecnico di Milano and from top-level research institutions in Europe, USA; and Israel. Industry speakers from national and international start-ups and companies contribute to the educational journey.

The lecturers present relevant case studies from EIT Digital Innovation Activities and other projects in the Smart Spaces field, and discuss their views on innovation in Smart Spaces and how Smart Spaces technology impacts their offerings and the markets in which they operate.

Industry speakers also contribute with business cases to stimulate business development projects performed during the Summer School. PhD students and Post-docs from Politecnico di Milano and other Italian universities supervise the attendants’ project work and support them in all their activities.


Como is an internationally known tourism destination easily accessible from Malpensa airport (30-40' by train/bus) and downtown Milan (40' by train).

Villa del Grumello on the Lake of Como (Italy) is an impressive historical building surrounded by a magnificent  garden on the shore of Como lake, 10' walking distance (5' by bus) from downtown Como. Attendants will be host in the "Foresteria" (Guest House) of the villa, or in the Youth Hostel nearby, or in downtown hotels.


Accommodation can be provided by the following hotels in Lake Come relatively close to the school venue:

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