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

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

81
JOURNALS
166
CONFERENCE PAPERS
24
PHD / LIC THESES

Research publications

ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS SUPPORTING CAUSE AND EFFECT STUDIES IN PRODUCT-SERVICE SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT

ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS SUPPORTING CAUSE AND EFFECT STUDIES IN PRODUCT-SERVICE SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT

Abstract A data analysis method based on artificial neural networks aiming to support cause-and-effect analysis in design exploration studies is…

Realization of Agile Methods in Established Processes: Challenges and Barriers

Realization of Agile Methods in Established Processes: Challenges and Barriers

Abstract This paper presents an explorative study and the results of 17 interviews with informants from different companies. Its purpose…

Product-service systems evolution in the era of Industry 4.0

Product-service systems evolution in the era of Industry 4.0

Abstract Recent economic transformations have forced companies to redefine their value propositions, increasing traditional product offerings with supplementary services— the…

Frugal-IDeM: An Integrated Methodology for Designing Frugal Innovations in Low-Resource Settings

Frugal-IDeM: An Integrated Methodology for Designing Frugal Innovations in Low-Resource Settings

Abstract People living in low-resource settings at the base of the world income pyramid (i.e. Base of the Pyramid —…

Exploring the Use of Virtual Reality to Support Environmentally Sustainable Behavior: A Framework to Design Experiences

Exploring the Use of Virtual Reality to Support Environmentally Sustainable Behavior: A Framework to Design Experiences

Abstract The current and future challenges of sustainable development require a massive transformation of habits and behaviors in the whole…

The influence of industry 4.0 on product design and development: Conceptual foundations and literature review

The influence of industry 4.0 on product design and development: Conceptual foundations and literature review

Abstract Since its introduction in 2011, industry 4.0 has been coined the“4th industrial revolution” following mechanization, industrialization and IT/automation as…

Towards Improving Process Control in Sheet Metal Forming: A Hybrid Data- and Model-Based Approach

Towards Improving Process Control in Sheet Metal Forming: A Hybrid Data- and Model-Based Approach

Abstract Ability to predict and control involved parameters and hence the outcome of sheet metal forming processes demand holistic knowledge…

PSS Design Innovation: Prototyping in Practice

PSS Design Innovation: Prototyping in Practice

Abstract Heavy equipment manufacturers recognise an opportunity to realise customer value gains through offering new Product-Service Systems. Such transition implies…

Data-driven design in concept development: systematic review and missed opportunities

Data-driven design in concept development: systematic review and missed opportunities

Abstract The paper presents a systematic literature review investigating definitions, uses, and application of data-driven design in the concept development…

Find full list of research publications from MD3S here.

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