The European Commission has launched on 7 June Eight "living laboratories", set up to assess how information and communication technologies can be used to redesign the way we work. This initiative, under the name of Ambient intelligence at work (AMI@work
), is backed by businesses and ICT suppliers. It should encourage more innovation in the work place, according to the 300 delegates participating at its launch event in Brussels. The initiative is shaped around a family of brainstorming research communities. They are open to anyone, and are supported by the Community funding for information society technologies under the EU research budget.