Emerging behaviors, from individual to communities

Research Front 2
Participants: GAEL (Leader Daniel Llerena), CRESSON, G2ELAB, LIG, LNCMI, PACTE
The objectives of this research front are to propose technological solutions, original devices and modes of collaborations specific to district communities (inhabitants of a building, employees of an office building, communities of an energy system, etc.). These scientific challenges will be addressed by multiple approaches including “Living Labs”, experiences with inhabitants and case studies. While each of them will be representative of a community with its own research questions, all of them as a whole will be able to characterize a generic district.


These Living Labs and case studies are:

  1. Living Labs (in monitored buildings at the Presqu’île of Grenoble) and case studies focused on the conversion from an individual inhabitant behavior to a collective logic at the building level. This study will take into account the comfort and the needs of the users, and the possible evolutions of the energy sources (particularly in connection with the energy’ uses in the neighborhoods). In interaction with other research fronts, these field studies will analyze the technological and socio-economic mechanisms required to support the dynamics of the communities within a district system.
  2. A case study on a larger scale where "representative" actors (e.g., a laboratory, a company, a system manager, etc.) have to instrument the behavior flexibility of actors in order to guarantee the energy fluidity of the eco-district. This analysis will be led around the laboratory LNCMI, which represents a “mixed actor" (that is an inhabitant but at the same time a producer of energy) who could mutualize its resources.


The main challenges is to develop and to share, according the technological opportunities, knowledge on the actor’s flexibility, their needs and offers of neighbors’ adaptation.

  • Experiments and simulations of the interactions between actors (residential and tertiary users, facilities, firms) according coordination mechanisms
  • The design of interactive systems for explanation and coaching for individual users, communities and institutions (with Research Front 1)
  • The design of decision-making tools so that the various actors can be involved in the community and eco-district governance

Published on May 4, 2017