Department of State Development

MIT bigdata Living Lab at Lot Fourteen will bring together the public, private and research sectors to analyse big data to determine the most effective ways for South Australia to grow the economy and drive sustainable population growth.

A collaborative research initiative led by the South Australian Government in partnership and participation with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Bank SA, Optus and DSpark, the Living Lab will work to better understand social interactions within the various communities across South Australia.

The bigdata Living Lab will utilise MIT’s world leading secure data analysis tools and methodology to ensure data privacy is maintained and private and public organisations will be able to safely and securely analyse data to identify growth opportunities, improve government decision making and improve socio-economic outcomes.


MIT bigdata Living Lab is located at Lot Fourteen


We identified Adelaide early on as the prime location for a Living Lab in Australia and the broader region due do its leadership in data analytics and machine learning.

Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, Professor Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland



We're located @ Lot Fourteen

The MIT bigdata Living Lab is located in Adelaide’s innovation precinct, Lot Fourteen.

Lot Fourteen has been established to nurture talent and create jobs growth in some of the world’s fastest growing industries like artificial intelligence, cyber security, smart sensor networks, robotics, big data, defence and space technologies, plus media and creative industries.



Case study: Tourism Research Project

As an initial area of focus the Living Lab will look to identify opportunities to boost the outcomes of the recently released South Australia Visitor Economy Sector Plan 2030.

The project will leverage research approaches proven in Andorra (northern Spain) to evaluate marketing strategies in tourism, understand tourists’ experiences, and evaluate revenues and externalities generated by touristic events.


Governance and consultation

Future projects will be identified as a result of consultation and input with the Living Lab Executive Governance Group, the Living Lab Working Group and a Research Advisory Group.

Living Lab Executive Governance Group
Is made up of the Lab’s partners and key representatives from the State Government. It will provide executive oversight, promotion and enablement of the Living Lab to realise its fullest potential. It will ensure the partners maintain oversight and shape the future of the Living Lab.

The group will be responsible for:

  • Input into research topic development and endorsement
  • Oversight of research topics progress and impacts over time
  • Exploration of options for expansion of the Living Lab capability
  • Vetting and endorsement when opportunities arise to add new partners to the Living Lab.

Living Lab Working Group
Is responsible for the day-to-day organisation and running of the Living Lab at Lot Fourteen.

Research Advisory Group
Are representatives from various government, university and industry bodies who will be called upon to provide additional support, direction and advice on specific research projects as required. 


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