Product Development Research Lab
Blekinge Institute of Technology
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December news: Innovation ramp-up...

During the month of December we saw a lot of items with innovation engineering focus come together, below is a snapshot with links, see the full PDRL web for all the activities..

Research: Mikael Johnsson presented his PhD thesis "Innovation Enablers and Their Importance for Innovation Teams" in front of family, friends and colleagues. Work done in the research profile and mainly with Volvo CE. The spotlight was also on the future of data driven product development and value driven design. Shafiqul Islam presented his licentiate thesis "Shear Fracture and Delamination in Packaging Materials: A study of experimental methods and simulation techniques" made in collaboration with TetraPak in the research profile. You'll find our research publications fully downloadable into DIVA system!

Education: The Global Innovation project with Stanford ME310 is starting up. Volvo CE is the client and "Elephants to Ants" the theme as we talk autonomy and automation. Value Innovation course presented their outcomes of the autumn. Now is also the time to submit thesis proposals for our engineers to work with during the spring. 

Collaboration: It is important to interact with society and also in December we took part in outreach activities. Johan Wall held a workshop with youngsters at Nättrabyskolan. Marco Bertoni took part in a national event on business models for product development companies. 

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have anything on your mind!

All the best, Tobias (, +4670-5119416
Professor & Research Director

From elephants to Ants
The Product Development Research Lab at BTH are for the fifth year starting up a ME310 project in collaboration with the Design Division at Stanford University. As with the last three iterations, Volvo Construction Equipment are the industrial partner.
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Let the machines talk!
Despite the big amount of data available there is no established practice to use this data for product development. A huge source of data is available but not used for concept selection, or engineering design. 
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Value Innovation real life projects!
How many types of innovation are there? One can argue that innovation is incremental, radical or disruptive, and that many other models are proposed. But when it comes down to ‘real life’ action, how do companies innovate to create value for their customers?
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