Cooperation

Affiliations outside the institute (e.g. research schools) and other cooperation's and relations with national and international research groups
The Business Process Design group is closely affiliated with the following institutions:

  1. National University of Singapore (NUS), faculty of Engineering (F,P,V*)
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Systems Engineering (F,P*)
  3. Georgia Institute of Technology (GeorgiaTech), George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering (P,V*)
  4. Embedded Systems Institute (ESI), Eindhoven (F,P*)

More recently, since the move to the Industrial Design Department, the group has been setting-up relations with

  1. University of Technology Sydney (UTS), faculty of Design, Architecture and Building
  2. 4TU research/design school DRS (the Netherlands; currently being defined)

There have been close collaborations with most of the institutes described below over a period of 7-10 years. During the assessment period joint research projects have been developed with:

  1. National University of Singapore (NUS), faculty of Engineering. Joint research activities were started with NUS in 1998. The former QRE group initially participated in the NUS Centre for Robust Design, which was expanded in 2001 to form the Design Technology Institute (DTI); a joint research institute between NUS and TU/e, located in Singapore, in which the QRE group was responsible for one of the three research programs (Rapid Product Design). In 2005 DTI was integrated into the NUS faculty of Engineering. A total of 4 joint PhD students have graduated under this program, while another 4 students are currently working on their (joint) PhD projects.
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Systems Engineering. Since the start of the QRE program there has been close collaboration with the Systems Engineering group of MIT (prof.dr. G.E. Apostolakis). This has so far resulted in one PhD graduation at TU/e which was co-supervised by MIT, while another 2 PhD students are currently working on their jointly co-supervised projects.
  3. Georgia Institute of Technology (GeorgiaTech), George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Since 2001 there has been a joint program with GeorgiaTech as part of the Product Creation Network. So far this has led to staff exchanges (see also B.9) and one co-supervised PhD project.
  4. Embedded Systems Institute (ESI). The BPD group actively participates with ESI in the Trader project on the design of future generations of televisions. So far this has led to one PhD graduation while a second PhD student project is well underway.
  5. University of Technology Sydney (UTS), faculty of Design, Architecture and Building. Since 2007 the group has also collaborated with UTS on the field of ‘Designing Out Crime'. So far the collaboration has resulted in the appointment of joint staff (prof.dr.ir. C.H. Dorst, professor and vice-dean for research at UTS and part-time visiting professor at BPD), while future collaboration in joint supervision of PhD students is also expected.

Smaller-scale collaborations exist with several other institutes. Outside the Industrial Design Department, the group collaborates closely at national level in several research projects with other Dutch universities, academic institutes (e.g. in the Design for Usability and Datafusion projects with Delft University of Technology, University of Twente and University of Groningen), and with the former colleagues in the Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences Department, especially with the Information Systems group (several joint PhD projects and publications), Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship and Marketing (two joint PhD students), Operations Planning Accounting Control (one joint PhD student) and Human Performance Management (one joint PhD student).

In the Netherlands there are several joint research projects (in the context of the IOP program IPCR4) with Delft University of Technology and University of Twente. This collaboration is expected to be integrated in the new Design Research School. There is also one joint research project with the University of Groningen in the context of IOP-IPCR.