Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Understanding Innovation Processes: Hasso Plattner Institute and Stanford form Research Alliance

19.08.2008
Stanford University and the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) today announced a research partnership in which they will investigate the process of innovation using Design Thinking, a methodology that melds an end-user focus with multidisciplinary collaboration and iterative improvement to produce products, services or experiences. Leaders of both institutions signed an accord launching the program Aug. 18 in Palo Alto.

"We are interested in the Design Thinking method of innovation, which has been successfully taught at both institutions. Through joint scientific research projects we want to find out which factors ultimately contribute to the success of this kind of engineered and creative development of innovation for all areas of life," said HPI Professor Hasso Plattner, who is providing the funding for the eight-year, $16 million joint research program.

Stanford Engineering Dean Jim Plummer emphasized that the program highlights the importance of innovation in benefitting society: "As engineers we strive to apply basic scientific discoveries in ways that will meet human needs. Improving our understanding of that innovation process will help us bring better solutions to society more quickly."

Computer Science Professor Christoph Meinel, director and CEO of the Hasso Plattner Institute for IT-Systems Engineering (associated with the University of Potsdam) welcomed the extension of the cooperation between his institute and Stanford from the teaching of Design Thinking as a method of innovation to the scientific investigation of its technical, economic, and human success factors: "Together with our colleagues from Stanford University we are also going to probe how such innovation processes, which are brought forth by small multidisciplinary teams, could be further improved and developed."

At Stanford the research will be directed by Mechanical Engineering Professor Larry Leifer, who directs the Center for Design Research.

"The time is right to apply rigorous academic research to understand how, when and why design-thinking works to accelerate human-centered innovation," Leifer said. "It is time to create the next generation design-thinking methodology and supporting technology and we appreciate Professor Plattner's support of this endeavour."

Half of the prospective projects will be contributed by HPI in Potsdam and the other half by Stanford University, giving each institution equal weight in the innovation research program.

Individual research projects will be funded with up to $150,000 annually. The research program, which will also include joint workshops of all participants in Potsdam and Palo Alto, starts in early September. Among other issues, the projects will investigate how the Design Thinking method can be integrated with traditional approaches common in the technical realm and how spatial and temporal boundaries can be overcome in the cooperation of geographically dispersed development teams. The Stanford and HPI researchers are also interested in the role interdisciplinary cooperation plays in the development of innovative systems, how cultural factors influence the work of Design Thinking teams, and how individual impulses can promote inventive processes in a team.

About Hasso Plattner and Design Thinking

Science patron Prof. Hasso Plattner, 64, is co-founder and chairman of the supervisory board of the global software company SAP. In 1999 he endowed the Potsdam Hasso Plattner Institute for IT-Systems Engineering (http://www.hpi-web.de). In 2007 it was expanded by the HPI School of Design Thinking (http://www.hpi-web.de/d-school). The institution cooperates closely with the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University in Palo Alto ("Silicon Valley"). The latter is also known as "d.school" (http://www.stanford.edu/group/dschool) and is part of the Stanford School of Engineering.

About the Stanford School of Engineering

With more than 240 faculty members and more than 4,000 graduate and undergraduate students in nine academic departments, Stanford Engineering is dedicated to educating leaders and creating innovations, through research, to address important needs such as environmental sustainability and human health. The school offers key programs in design, centered in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Hans-Joachim Allgaier | idw
Further information:
http://www.hpi-web.de
http://www.hpi-web.de/d-school
http://www.stanford.edu/group/dschool

More articles from Science Education:

nachricht Cebit 2018: Saarbrücken Start-up combines Tinkering and Programming for Elementary School Kids
05.06.2018 | Universität des Saarlandes

nachricht The classroom of tomorrow – DFKI and TUK open lab for new digital teaching and learning methods
03.05.2018 | Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH, DFKI

All articles from Science Education >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: First evidence on the source of extragalactic particles

For the first time ever, scientists have determined the cosmic origin of highest-energy neutrinos. A research group led by IceCube scientist Elisa Resconi, spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Center SFB1258 at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), provides an important piece of evidence that the particles detected by the IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole originate from a galaxy four billion light-years away from Earth.

To rule out other origins with certainty, the team led by neutrino physicist Elisa Resconi from the Technical University of Munich and multi-wavelength...

Im Focus: Magnetic vortices: Two independent magnetic skyrmion phases discovered in a single material

For the first time a team of researchers have discovered two different phases of magnetic skyrmions in a single material. Physicists of the Technical Universities of Munich and Dresden and the University of Cologne can now better study and understand the properties of these magnetic structures, which are important for both basic research and applications.

Whirlpools are an everyday experience in a bath tub: When the water is drained a circular vortex is formed. Typically, such whirls are rather stable. Similar...

Im Focus: Breaking the bond: To take part or not?

Physicists working with Roland Wester at the University of Innsbruck have investigated if and how chemical reactions can be influenced by targeted vibrational excitation of the reactants. They were able to demonstrate that excitation with a laser beam does not affect the efficiency of a chemical exchange reaction and that the excited molecular group acts only as a spectator in the reaction.

A frequently used reaction in organic chemistry is nucleophilic substitution. It plays, for example, an important role in in the synthesis of new chemical...

Im Focus: New 2D Spectroscopy Methods

Optical spectroscopy allows investigating the energy structure and dynamic properties of complex quantum systems. Researchers from the University of Würzburg present two new approaches of coherent two-dimensional spectroscopy.

"Put an excitation into the system and observe how it evolves." According to physicist Professor Tobias Brixner, this is the credo of optical spectroscopy....

Im Focus: Chemical reactions in the light of ultrashort X-ray pulses from free-electron lasers

Ultra-short, high-intensity X-ray flashes open the door to the foundations of chemical reactions. Free-electron lasers generate these kinds of pulses, but there is a catch: the pulses vary in duration and energy. An international research team has now presented a solution: Using a ring of 16 detectors and a circularly polarized laser beam, they can determine both factors with attosecond accuracy.

Free-electron lasers (FELs) generate extremely short and intense X-ray flashes. Researchers can use these flashes to resolve structures with diameters on the...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

Leading experts in Diabetes, Metabolism and Biomedical Engineering discuss Precision Medicine

13.07.2018 | Event News

Conference on Laser Polishing – LaP: Fine Tuning for Surfaces

12.07.2018 | Event News

11th European Wood-based Panel Symposium 2018: Meeting point for the wood-based materials industry

03.07.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

Global study of world's beaches shows threat to protected areas

19.07.2018 | Earth Sciences

New creepy, crawly search and rescue robot developed at Ben-Gurion U

19.07.2018 | Power and Electrical Engineering

Metal too 'gummy' to cut? Draw on it with a Sharpie or glue stick, science says

19.07.2018 | Materials Sciences

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>