Model Driven Development and Decision Support | 2013-

Model Driven Development and Decision Support | 2013-

Building an international research profile in the area of Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation at Blekinge Institute of Technology

This Knowledge Foundation (KKS) profile+ project application is based on a clear vision and objective regarding model driven development and decision support for sustainable product-service system (PSS) innovation and is building on the further deepening of the ongoing profile work with perspectives of raising international recognition through further presence in top publications, partnering with academics internationally, and also affecting educational programmes at BTH. The ongoing digitalisation is an already integrated part of the work, while the profile+ is extending the Data Driven Design approach based on Internet of Things progress and access to live data from solutions in the field.

The research focus is model-driven sustainable product-service system innovation. The concept of model-driven means that throughout the development process using models (virtual representation of reality) as communication media in order to shorten development cycles and improve multidisciplinary understanding. By also adding capability to collect live data from machines via connected sensors (Internet of Things – IOT) and finding patterns and solutions using big data analytics (including AI and Machine Learning), the aim is to increase the profiling in this research.

Vision

An internationally leading research environment and the first-hand choice of partners who want to lead the way to a sustainable society through competitive product-service systems supporting a circular economy.

Objective

In co-production mode develop, disseminate, and integrate relevant, user-friendly and efficient computer aided support methods and tools for sustainable product-service system innovation into business leaders’, business developers’ and product developers’ working environments that enable industry to thrive in the changing global context, supported by both simulated and real data using internet of things and AI/machine learning.

Driving research question

How can we design a simulation, and data, driven PSS process where societal challenges are used as a driver for innovation, and methods and tools from diverse disciplines (engineering, sustainability, economics etc.) are linked in a decision environment, enabling value creating life-cycle solutions?

Research areas

The industrial relevance is threefold: 

  1. increased capabilities to mitigate risks, explore opportunities, and take informed decisions early on, 
  2. increased opportunities to bring new sustainability-driven innovations to the market and
  3. research findings, methods and tools that help industry undertake the changes on several levels that are necessary to stay competitive.

The driving research question is broken down into several sub-questions that are being dealt with in the research tracks of MD3S+ as presented below.

RT1 – Value Driven Design

(mechanical engineering, innovation engineering)

  • How can value models iteratively translate customers’ desires into terms that are meaningful for PSS design decision-making?
  • How can a PSS process look like that supports a system of systems perspective and different component life-cycles over the course of PSS deployment?
  • How to drive innovation in multi-stakeholder environments (both internal/external stakeholders)?

RT2 – Sustainable Product Development

(sustainable development, mechanical engineering)

  • How can sustainability criteria and indicators guide the finding of generic LCA data to be used in a model-based decision support for value and sustainability assessment?
  • How can a risk perspective be applied to identify, assess, and manage potential consequences of sustainability-related decisions?
  • How to define a methodology to identify and assess how strategic sustainability criteria can be integrated in requirements and model how they affect value criteria?

RT3 – Simulation Driven Design

(mechanical engineering, data science, electrical engineering)

  • How to assess model maturity levels: confidence in models and model generated results as a basis for decision making?
  • How to use/asses IoT data-driven design and machine learning configurators for conceptual design?
  • How to perform design automation tasks in a multi-discipline environment for decision making?
Marco Bertoni (PhD)
Associate Professor
Research Track leader RT1
Sophie Hallstedt (PhD)
Associate Professor
Research Track leader RT2
Johan Wall (PhD)
Assistant Professor
Research Track leader RT3

Research partners

Research publications

A role for physical prototyping in Product-Service System design: Case study in construction equipment

A role for physical prototyping in Product-Service System design: Case study in construction equipment

Abstract Using a case study methodology to exploring an ambitious experimental combination of a construction equipment manufacturer’s products tailored to…

Reverse Engineered Design Automation: Applying Knowledge Based Engineering Techniques to a Case of Automotive Fixtures Design Configuration

Reverse Engineered Design Automation: Applying Knowledge Based Engineering Techniques to a Case of Automotive Fixtures Design Configuration

Abstract In the production of automotive body components, fixtures are an important part of the ongoing work on geometrical assurance.…

Modeling ‘ilities’ in early Product-Service Systems design

Modeling ‘ilities’ in early Product-Service Systems design

ABSTRACT Product-Service Systems, like all complex systems, are vulnerable to unpredictable environmental changes that can seriously undermine their ability to continuously…

Life cycle simulation to support cross-disciplinary decision making in early PSS design

Life cycle simulation to support cross-disciplinary decision making in early PSS design

ABSTRACT The development of early-stage simulation capabilities is a critical step in the quest for ‘frontloading’ early stage PSS design…

Key guidelines for designing integrated solutions to support development of marginalised societies

Key guidelines for designing integrated solutions to support development of marginalised societies

ABSTRACT Marginalised societies face a wide range of deprivations and constraints at individual, institutional, economic, and technological levels. To satisfy…

Introducing value driven design in engineering education: teaching the use of value models in preliminary design

Introducing value driven design in engineering education: teaching the use of value models in preliminary design

ABSTRACT Methods and approaches for teaching engineering disciplines are evolving to adapt to the needs of companies and society. Engineering…

Multi-Criteria Decision Making for Sustainability and Value Assessment in Early PSS Design

Multi-Criteria Decision Making for Sustainability and Value Assessment in Early PSS Design

Sustainability is a key innovation capability in the organization, yet it is difficult to “mix and match” sustainability targets with…

Design and Poverty: A Review of Contexts, Roles of Poor People, and Methods

Design and Poverty: A Review of Contexts, Roles of Poor People, and Methods

ABSTRACT Design is essential to fulfil unmet or under-served needs of resource-poor societies, supporting their social and human development. A…

A Reverse Engineering Role-Play to Teach Systems Engineering Methods

A Reverse Engineering Role-Play to Teach Systems Engineering Methods

ABSTRACT Students engaged in systems engineering education typically lack experience and understanding of the multidisciplinary complexity of systems engineering projects.…

Project information

Project leader & Centre Director: Prof Tobias Larsson

Time span: 2013-2019 Profile, 2019-2022 Profile+

Funding: 163 MSEK (110 budget and 36 MSEK KK Foundation profile funds, 53 budget and 18 MSEK KK Foundation profile+ funds)

Partners: 

  • Aura Light International (2013-2019)
  • Avalon Innovation (2013-2019)
  • Dynapac Compaction Equipment
  • GKN Aerospace Engine Systems
  • Holje International Group
  • Roxtec International (2019-2022)
  • Tetra Pak Packaging Solutions AB
  • Volvo Car Corporation (2019-2022)
  • Volvo Construction Equipment
  • Industrigruppen Karlskrona (affiliated network partner)
  • Tech Network (affiliated network partner)
  • Blekinge Institute of Technology
  • The Knowledge Foundation

Centre Director

Tobias Larsson (PhD)
Professor
Research Director for the research project
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