Visions of the future is an important tool in the transition to a more sustainable society, however, many of the scenarios that has been developed in science are locked away in articles and books. One such example is the book “Bilder av framtidsstaden” where researchers have created scenarios for sustainable life in Stockholm in 2050. Based on this book, the interactive website life2053.se (life2053.com) have been developed as a kind of prototype of the future. This prototype have been deployed for a while, but not evaluated. All interaction with the website is logged.
In this thesis proposal we are imagining that a student would evaluate the prototype through analysing the logged data, as well as through user interviews and/or an “expert” evaluation of the prototype.
Possible questions that could be explored in this thesis are: is this a convincing prototype of the future? What is more appealing and what is less appealing? What choices seem to be most popular?
Contact elina(at)kth.se if you are interested in the master thesis proposal.
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We need to produce more renewable energy in the future, and photo voltaics is one way to go. There are today good incentives to micro-generate electricity, using your own roof to capture the energy from the sun. But even though the prices have decreased considerably, there is still much confusion on whether or not this is a economically viable idea. There are many factors to consider when calculating the payback time for solar panels.
In this thesis proposal, we are interested in understanding the total cost of installing, connecting to the grid, producing and consuming electricity. How can we calculate on payback time in a way that is clear and transparent and make the calculations more user-oriented.
Possible research questions are:
- What needs to be included in the calculations of payback time?
- How can these calculations be presented/visualized in a user-friendly manner?
- Is it possible to provide results at different degrees of detail – what details can be excluded for clarity?
- Which platform should be chosen for maximum impact (web, app, other)?
The thesis proposal is connected to the project “Renewable Energy for All” at Green Leap.
If you are interested please contact elina (at) kth.se
The aim of this thesis proposal is to explore the domain of people who produce their own electricity without being connected to the grid. One view of these people is that they are turning their back on society and that they want to be self-sufficient. There is also a notion that an off-grid person also chooses to not be part of the all-encompassing ICT society. Another possibility is that the off-gridder is a person who has installed for example photo voltaics on their summer cottage roof since there is no grid to connect to close by.
We are interested in understanding the off-gridders, their driving forces and lifestyle choices. Furthermore we want to know what kind of solutions they have created in order to produce and consume electricity, and how they came by the knowledge of constructing these solutions. Were ICT in any way connected to this process and if so, how.
Possible research questions are:
- Who is the off-gridder (user analysis)?
- What are their driving forces and lifestyle choices?
- Do they, or have they, used ICT in setting up and/or monitoring their off-grid solutions?
- Could the Grid learn something from the off-gridder?
- How could they be supported by ICT solutions?
Interested? Contact Elina Eriksson: elina (at) kth.se