A CHANGING SOCIETY
ICOSYS INSTITUTE / HEIA-FR
HELPINGS SMES AND EDUCATION CAPITALIZE ON BIG DATA
DAPLAB, which is based on the Fablab model (a community workshop of sorts) wants to make it easier for SMEs and Fribourg’s higher education providers to capitalize on big data. “In addition to providing them with the physical infrastructure, we offer researchers and companies a free coaching service on how to use and find value in their data. This is the first laboratory of its kind in Switzerland”, explains Jean Hennebert, Joint Head of the Institute of Complex Systems, part of the Fribourg School of Engineering and Architecture (HEIA-FR). DAPLAB, which is a byproduct of a partnership between the Fribourg business and academic communities, has already launched a series of projects. “They are all very different and deal with subjects as diverse as natural disaster forecasting, remote building management, DNA analyses and even milk and cheese production.” DAPLAB backers include Fribourg University (UNIFR), the HEIA-FR, local companies and the canton.