Model Driven Development and Decision Support | 2013-

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

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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

Sustainability awareness in engineering design through serious gaming

Sustainability awareness in engineering design through serious gaming

Abstract Sustainability considerations are traditionally difficult to trade-off with technical and business requirements in an early design phase. Hence, design…

Codesign in resource-limited societies: theoretical perspectives, inputs, outputs and influencing factors

Codesign in resource-limited societies: theoretical perspectives, inputs, outputs and influencing factors

Abstract Codesign with resource-constrained people living in developing countries is crucial for sustained adoption and use of designed solutions. Several…

Designing solutions with the product-service systems digital twin: What is now and what is next?

Designing solutions with the product-service systems digital twin: What is now and what is next?

Abstract The emergence of IoT has propelled the traditionally known Product-Service System (PSS) to be Digital Twins (DT) are of…

Data-driven value creation in Smart Product-Service System design: State-of-the-art and research directions

Data-driven value creation in Smart Product-Service System design: State-of-the-art and research directions

Abstract The emergence of IoT has propelled the traditionally known Product-Service System (PSS) to be characterized by smarter technologies, enabling…

Can Design Be Non-paternalistic? Conceptualizing Paternalism in the Design Profession

Can Design Be Non-paternalistic? Conceptualizing Paternalism in the Design Profession

Abstract Paternalism is an instance of someone making a decision on behalf of someone else. A professional designer can exhibit…

A global capstone project course in the age of coronavirus pandemic: Learning from the ME310 ReGlove case

A global capstone project course in the age of coronavirus pandemic: Learning from the ME310 ReGlove case

Abstract Engineering educations deploy capstone courses as a way of supporting students’ transition into the engineering profession. This paper presents…

Physical Prototypes to Foster Value Co-creation in Product-Service Systems Conceptual Design: A Case Study in Construction Equipment

Physical Prototypes to Foster Value Co-creation in Product-Service Systems Conceptual Design: A Case Study in Construction Equipment

Abstract The paper presents the experience collected in a case study in the construction equipment concerning the use of physical…

Data-Driven Design Automation for Product-Service Systems Design: Framework and Lessons Learned from Empirical Studies

Data-Driven Design Automation for Product-Service Systems Design: Framework and Lessons Learned from Empirical Studies

Abstract The digitalization era has brought about unprecedented challenges for the manufacturing industries, pushing them to deliver solutions that encompass…

A Solution with Bluetooth Low Energy Technology to Support Oral Healthcare Decisions for improving Oral Hygiene

A Solution with Bluetooth Low Energy Technology to Support Oral Healthcare Decisions for improving Oral Hygiene

Abstract The advent of powered toothbrushes and associated mobile health applications provides an opportunity to collect and monitor the data,…

Find full list of research publications from MD3S here.

Categories: MD3S, Projects, Research

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