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Kicking off a new year of Global student innovation

On Saturday September 22 we will kick off a new year of global student innovation projects. Students will be invited to a day of exploring how new tech can address tomorrow’s challenges, all under the coaching and guiding of researchers from the Product Development Research Lab. This is also a kick off for the Stanford ME310 Global Design Innovation project.

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Volvo Ocean Race event with VCE Scaled Site

Centered around the idyllic backdrop of Newport, Rhode Island, Volvo Construction Equipment (VCE) was presenting a testament to their dedication towards the advancement of the construction industry. Over two days clients, customers and employees of VCE were exposed to tangible examples of how the company is continuing to be an innovation leader.   VCE is […]

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The decision theater, transforming data into knowledge in conceptual design

One success factor in engineering design is the ability to make effective and risk-managed decisions in a timely manner. Rarely is a single person sufficient to resolve today’s complex, connected issues. Rather, a group of stakeholders possessing required expert knowledge needs to be enrolled as these issues normally requires a wide variety of expert competences, […]

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Global Roll-out of Volvo CE Advance at Stanford University

Supporting the construction workers of both current and future construction sites has been the topic of the global product development challenge posed to seven final-year MSc students from BTH and Stanford University. In their capstone project ME310, which runs from November to June, they move through phases of needfinding, ideation, prototytping and more to arrive at a final detail designed product to display at the final exhibition, EXPE, at Stanford University.

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Designing Product Service Systems in the digital era: a BTH PDRL Special Session at the INCOM 2018 conference

More than 100 billion objects are expected to be connected by 2020 in the Internet of Things. This unprecedented opportunity to record and collect data about how we use a product (or experience a service) is main item in today’s design research agenda. “Data-driven Product Service System design” was the topic of the “Special Session“ […]

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Data Mining through Early Experience Prototyping: A step towards Data Driven Product Service System Design

ABSTRACT The construction industry is ripe for disruption through innovative solutions that provide added productivity. Equipment manufacturers are attempting to disrupt their industry with investments in autonomy, electrification and product-service system business models. Designing solutions that will operate in completely new systems or modify an existing complex system require new approaches to address the uncertainty […]

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Design and Frugal Innovations: Three roles of resource-poor people

ABSTRACT Design is imperative to satisfy needs of people in resource-limited societies. Many design studies have been carried out in the context of such societies in developing countries, and are discussed under names such as humanitarian engineering, frugal innovations, appropriate technology, design at the Base of the Pyramid, design for development, etc. In this paper, […]

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A model-driven decision arena: Augmenting decision making in early design

ABSTRACT A wide variety of expert competencies, transcending traditional disciplines, are needed to foresee and evaluate the impact of decisions in the conceptual phase of engineering design. Where this previously was a trade-off regarding design and development of the pure physical artefact it is now a complex ambiguity game involving all disciplines touching a solution […]

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