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In April 2019, Sliperiet changed it´s name to Curiosum and merged with the science center Umevatoriet. This autumn we will take the next step. and together with our tenants move into the renewed premises of Sliperiet at Arts Campus at Umeå University.

In 2020 Curiosum will open. A new science center, to inspire young and old with science and technology. We believe curiosity can change the world.

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Students spread light in research project

umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml Vänster bild. Jaak Laanpere demonstrerar suntunnel. Höger bild: Fatemeh Moradi, lärare och forskare. Fotograf: Eva J:son Lönn

Light and lighting are an important part of architecture. The light gives the room a specific character and can promote certain feelings and experiences in the users of the space. Students at Umeå University's master's course Managing as Designing at the department of Informatics got the challenge to develop prototypes for the lighting of indoor environments by using various 3D technologies. The prototypes will be developed in collaboration with companies and within the framework of a multidisciplinary research project. The goal is to see how light can be rethought in the futuristic house.

- In this course we have a variety of students from different backgrounds including Human-Computer Interaction, IT management and Cognitive Sciences. Their multidisciplinary background provides a perfect grounding for them to learn and understand how design in interdisciplinary teams can bring a change in the society, says Fatemeh Moradi, teacher of the course.

Fatemeh is also a researcher in the + Project, a multidisciplinary research project aimed at creating innovative and sustainable buildings using new materials and additive manufacturing with 3D technology. She is involved in the part-project LightHouse, in which she engaged the students at the course:

- By involving the students in this project, I aim at exploring the role of Informatics in light design for future homes. Indoor lighting is not only a matter of interior design anymore. Nowadays, Interaction Design and Interactive Systems are widely used in all aspects of our lives, including light design. For example, with the use of smartphone applications, we can change the light settings of our environment, says Fatemeh.

Sunnel enhance our mood

One of four student groups at the course have manipulated natural light by an innovation called the Sunnel, in order to enhance our mood. Sunnel is a tunnel that leads and reflects natural sunlight from the roof of the house and into the building.

Light in different colours affects our moods, for example, red makes us more active while blue makes us calmer. Therefore, the group has also created a control panel in the form of a globe, which helps the users of the space to change the character of the light with different colour filters.

The group has so far worked hands-on with paper, cardboard, play doh, etcetera. Their next step is to develop a 3D-printed prototype, which takes into consideration how the light and light colours interact with the room's materials and surface structures, among other things.

Prototypes will be exposed for companies at a showcase

Their final prototype will be displayed at a showcase on January 10, together with the prototypes of the other groups. More than 30 companies that has participated in the course are invited. On the day, not only the prototypes from this course but also prototypes from another course, called Prototyping Interaction will be displayed.

 - Ten final prototypes along with more than 20 posters on digital fabrication and smart housing will be presented by the students. My hope is that throughout this day, both the students and the companies will get a chance to mingle and share their thoughts and ideas.  In the long run I hope it leads to more collaborations between the project, the students and the companies.



Fatemeh Moradi