.Villa del Grumello – Como Lake and Politecnico di Milano, Milan – Italy
July 11-22, 2022

Sponsored by:
EIT Digital | European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)
Lake Como School of Advanced Studies (LCSAS)
Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria – Politecnico di Milano
ACM SIGCHI | Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction
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Thanks to the advances of the 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 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.

This 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 Ms/PhD students, researchers and professionals who want to i) deepen their knowledge of Smart Spaces technology, and its potential/limitations; ii) to improve their competence in interaction design for Smart Spaces, and explore how applications can be developed to maximize usability, accessibility, and effectiveness; iii) better understand the business opportunities in this arena and the social challenges involved.

Attendants will build competencies 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.


The format consists of a mix of lectures, case studies presentations, demos in real smart spaces installations; autonomous and supervised teamwork on project design and business planning; and team-building activities.
The academic speakers are Professors and Researchers from Politecnico di Milano and from top-level research institutions in Europe, USA; Australia and Israel. Industry speakers from national and international start-ups and companies contribute to the educational journey. They 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 as well as the markets where 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.

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.

It is possible to attend both weeks, or the first week only.
For registration, please follow the link:

Please use promocode MISUMMER2022 to get a discount on the tuition fee

Week 1: Villa Grumello (Como Lake)
Lectures: Technologies for SSs; Interaction Modes in SSs; Methods for UX design & evaluation; Smart Spaces applications; Industry case studies;
Project teamwork (focused on Requirements analysis+Concept design)
Social Event (Cruise on the Como Lake)

Week 2: Politecnico di Milano (Milan)
Lectures on: Industry case studies; I&E perspectives for SSs; Pitch creation SS demos (trip to SS installations)
Project work on UX+Technology Design; Biz plan; Pitch Preparation, Project Final Presentation in front of the Summer School Jury