How research in product development can enhance the system design phase

DS 62: Proceedings of E&PDE 2010, the 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education - When Design Education and Design Research meet ..., Trondheim, Norway, 02.-03.09.2010

Year: 2010
Editor: Boks W; Ion, W; McMahon, C and Parkinson B
Author: De Grande, Guido; Baelus ,Chris
Page(s): 77-81


Finding financial funding for research in product development is not an easy task. Government agencies all over Europe and the US rather prefer to fund research in applied sciences (technology
driven research) rather than research in e.g. human sciences. The Institute of Product Development, Antwerp, Belgium, has been funded many times by the Flemish Agency of Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT) for different research projects focusing on the system design phase. Because of the first conclusion in this abstract the research topics were oriented towards the technical aspects of the product development process and more specific towards the system design phase. This paper deals with three funded research projects that resulted in three tools helping designers to enhance their system designs.

Keywords: Product development, research, sensors, elderly, user interfaces, websites


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