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

PSS Design for the World’s Large Market

PSS Design for the World’s Large Market

Businesses are recognising and pursuing the opportunity to design appropriate products and services to serve the market known as the…

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VCE Electric Site Scaled Demo

VCE Electric Site Scaled Demo

Volvo CE is making steady progress towards realizing their sustainable construction vehicle goals of zero accidents, zero emissions, zero unplanned…

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Model Driven Decision Arena – MDDA

Model Driven Decision Arena – MDDA

One success factor in engineering design is the ability to make effective and risk-managed decisions in a timely manner. Rarely…

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Let the machines talk! Towards data-driven product development

Let the machines talk! Towards data-driven product development

Leonardo da Vinci is remembered in history as a “universal genius”, he was an artist, a scientist, a mathematician and an…

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Value-Driven Design – sustainable products and service innovation with value in focus

Value-Driven Design – sustainable products and service innovation with value in focus

In 1903, Charlie Taylor was given the task to design a completely new engine able to propel the first ever…

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Product-Service Systems Innovation?

Product-Service Systems Innovation?

Intentional product-service systems design is the way towards sustainable, circular economy, solutions for a future society! Q & A with…

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About the profile

This Knowledge Foundation (KKS) profile+ center 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 (IoT) progress and access to live data from solutions in the field and the usage of machine learning/AI in development and industry 4.0 approaches in production .

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) creating the potential for digital twin approach, the aim is to increase the profiling in this research even further.

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?

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-)
  • Tetra Pak Packaging Solutions AB
  • Volvo Car Corporation (2019-)
  • Volvo Construction Equipment
  • Industrigruppen Karlskrona (affiliated network partner)
  • Techtank (affiliated network partner)
  • Blekinge Institute of Technology
  • The Knowledge Foundation

Centre Director

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

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

The Model-Driven Decision Arena: Augmented Decision-Making for Product-Service Systems Design

The Model-Driven Decision Arena: Augmented Decision-Making for Product-Service Systems Design

Abstract The shift towards Product-Service Systems (PSS) stresses the need to embed new and unique capabilities in Decision Support Systems,…

Raising Value and Sustainability awareness for critical materials: a serious game for the aerospace sector

Raising Value and Sustainability awareness for critical materials: a serious game for the aerospace sector

Abstract Aviation strives today to include environmental and social considerations as drivers for decision making in design. This paper proposes…

Success factors when implementing innovation teams

Success factors when implementing innovation teams

Abstract This research explores the success factors of the research-based process for creating high-performing innovation teams, called the CIT-process. This…

Data analysis method supporting cause and effect studies in product-service system development

Data analysis method supporting cause and effect studies in product-service system development

Abstract A data analysis method aiming to support cause and effect analysis in design exploration studies is presented. The method…

A framework for data-driven design in a product innovation process: data analysis and visualisation for model-based decision making

A framework for data-driven design in a product innovation process: data analysis and visualisation for model-based decision making

ABSTRACT: The paper presents a four-layer framework for the application of data-driven design in a product innovation process. The framework…

Using models as boundary objects in early design negotiations: analysis and implications for decision support systems

Using models as boundary objects in early design negotiations: analysis and implications for decision support systems

Abstract One common strategy to include more downstream lifecycle dimensions in early design is to enrich modelling and simulation techniques…

Measuring Experiential Learning: An Approach Based on Lessons Learned Mapping

Measuring Experiential Learning: An Approach Based on Lessons Learned Mapping

Abstract: Fostering ‘experiential learning’ in real-life situations is a critical task for engineering educators when creating constructively aligned learning activities.…

Integration of value and sustainability assessment in design space exploration by machine learning: an aerospace application

Integration of value and sustainability assessment in design space exploration by machine learning: an aerospace application

Abstract: The use of decision-making models in the early stages of the development of complex products and technologies is a…

A hybrid data- and model-based approach to process monitoring and control in sheet metal forming

A hybrid data- and model-based approach to process monitoring and control in sheet metal forming

Abstract The ability to predict and control the outcome of the sheet metal forming process demands holistic knowledge of the…

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