Smart Campus ecosystem model emerges at LUT University


Edited blogSmart Campus Insider
Date4 March 2022 
AuthorsSanaul Haque, Department of Software Engineering, LUT University; Larry Abdullai, Department of Software Engineering, LUT University; Jari Porras, Department of Software Engineering, LUT University
KeywordsEcosystem model, impact assessment, stakeholder engagement, RDI, LUT 
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CitationHaque M.S., Abdullai, L. & Porras, J. (2022). Smart Campus ecosystem model emerges at LUT University. Smart Campus Insider, (4.3.2022). 

Abstract

In the Smart Campus project, our experts in Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT (LUT University) focuses on the sustainability impact assessment and stakeholder engagement within the smart services. We have already constructed an initial version of the Smart Campus ecosystem model which will be primarily utilized and applied to the four pilots research, development, and innovation (RDI) services. Our next extensive endeavor is focused on impact assessment by applying Sustainability Awareness Framework (SusAF) and finding the appropriate stakeholder engagement approach which will strengthen smart services.


Can we think of a Smart Campus ecosystem model?

To date, no models of the Smart Campus ecosystem have been addressed or proposed in the literature. Thus, we looked to different online repository sources on various ecosystem approaches and elements. We propose a Smart Campus ecosystem model which will be primarily utilized and applied to the four pilots RDI services (Digital Twins for Built Environments, Open Public Transportation Service, Virtual Safety Training in Maritime sector, Internet of Things (IoT) in Chemical Industry) as a part of the Smart Campus project outcomes.  

The proposed Smart Campus ecosystem model depicts the interconnectedness of stakeholders, resources, and activities needed to materialize the value propositions of the Smart Campus services. The value being co-created is influenced by the incentives and interests of the stakeholders before joining any ecosystem, such as the Smart Campus project itself. 

Fig: Smart Campus ecosystem model (source: author’s own)
Fig: Smart Campus ecosystem model (source: author’s own)

“It is argued that the higher the level of the interdependency of relevant stakeholders on the value to be co-created, the more involved they are in the engagement activities. The value co-creation process generates new value propositions with new sets of interest and motivations, which starts the whole process again”, says Larry Abdullahi, who has initiated the construction of the Smart Campus ecosystem model at the LUT University.


Searching through the pilot RDI services: impact assessment and stakeholder engagement

In the following steps, we will study how the ecosystem activities impact various stakeholders and how these anticipated impacts could be used for the engagement of the stakeholders. Potential impacts will be studied by using (SusAF) with the stakeholders on pilot specific workshops. The results will then be generalized from various pilots and stakeholder perspectives into a more common ecosystem impact assessment model. In the later stage, one-to-one interviews, questionnaires, workshops, and other approaches are used to maximize stakeholders’ engagement.   

Professor Jari Porras, one of the pioneers of sustainability research in Finland, highlights the impact assessment of the five dimensions of ecological, economic, social, individual, and technical. “Sustainability Awareness Framework has successfully been used to increase the company awareness of their sustainability effects and ecosystems, especially this Smart Campus ecosystem, provides an excellent case to look at the impacts on a more holistic manner”, says Prof. Jari Porras, who leads the LUT team. 

“Our goal is to model the pilot RDI services with the Smart Campus ecosystem model to open a gateway for innovative research-driven services for the small-scale connected city. This includes extending the LUT Green Campus to a living lab atmosphere in which relevant stakeholders can assess and participate in Smart Campus services virtually and physically, and evaluate sustainability impacts”, says Sanaul Haque, who maintains stakeholder participation and engagement at the LUT University.  

Stay tuned for more insightful development on the Smart Campus ecosystem model and beyond at the LUT University! 


Authors

Jari Porras D.Sc (Tech) is a Professor of Software Engineering (especially Distributed Systems) at the Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT. He has conducted research on parallel and distributed computing, wireless and mobile systems, and services, as well as sustainable ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). In the last years, he has focused his research on human and sustainability aspects of software engineering.  
 
Sanaul Haque Ph.D (Med), a Marie Skłodowska-Curie and GOI-IES Scholar, is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT. His multidisciplinary research focuses on utilizing persuasive technology and gamification to design and develop human-centric solutions towards sustainable behavioral change. 
 
Larry Abdullai is a Junior Researcher at the Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT.  His fields of specialization are ecosystem orchestration, ecosystem strategy, and sustainability impact assessment. His doctoral research relates to the Smart Campus and Green ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) ecosystems.


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