To realize our mission content wise, input from the four capacity groups (DI, DQI, BPD, UCE) is essential. Each of the groups will develop new knowledge when working on their fundamental research questions. Each group, with its own special focus and research lines, works on scientific design.

The general research areas of DI are:

Adaptive systems
The main research question is how to integrate adaptive technology into the design of intelligent products, systems and services. If the product can adapt to the user, this will improve ease of use, increase pleasure of use and make more efficient use of resources. Adaptive technology includes feedback theory, optimization algorithms, and learning algorithms. The main challenge is how to integrate these with interaction design, with user-centered engineering and with business process design while hiding the internal complexities of the technology.

Autonomous systems
The main question is how to design the autonomy of products, systems and services in order to optimize human experience. The goal is not to make products as autonomous as possible but to transform existing autonomous system technology into meaningful designs which contribute to the quality of people’s lives. Important topics are human robot interaction, mental models, brain models, complexity of human behavior, and social experience.

Aware environments
The main question is how to design environments which acquire and interpret sensor data about the users and about the objects in the environment. An intelligent system is able to integrate and analyze this data and provide a reactive response, adaptive to the user’s intentions and behavior. Thus DI investigates how to design augmented and mixed reality systems, in which the physical and digital worlds complement each other. New functionality will push service providing, communication, pedagogy and entertainment to a higher level of perception and cognition.