LEAD Forum 2017

The LEAD forum on 24 July 2017 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront. SUTD-MIT IDC, in partnership with members of the Design Business Chamber Singapore (DBCS) ran a series of Design Innovation Workshops for members and staff of the Trade Associations & Chambers (TAC) Singapore.

DBCS Gala Dinner & Awards Night 2017

The DBCS Gala Dinner & Awards Night on 16 March 2017 at The Swissotel Fairmont. Senior Minister of State for Trade & Industry, Ms Sim Ann was in attendance as the Guest-of-Honour. 6 of our IDC projects were awarded the InnoGPS: SG Mark 2017 - Special Mention for a Research Project award.
DBCS 3.jpg

Design Odyssey - Social Immersion Trip to Yangon, Myanmar

The social immersion trip was from 7 to 14 January 2017.

Design Odyssey Get-Together

Students and mentors had a wonderful get-together session on 16 December 2016.

5th SUTD-MIT IDC Design Summit, 16 - 18 January 2017

This year’s theme is “Design, Science, and Innovation: Drivers for Well-Being and Wealth Creation”. Through keynotes, a panel discussion and workshops we want to explore the challenges facing society, the future of design, science and innovation and the role of the IDC in driving design research, education and practice to ensure a future that benefits society and the environment. The results of the Summit will form the foundation for the IDC’s strategy beyond 2020.
Day Two 093.jpg

Design Odyssey - Odyssey Pitch 5

Student participants of the Design Odyssey program pitch their project ideas.

Design Odyssey - Get-Together

The get-together bring students in a mingling session.

Design Odyssey - Odyssey Pitch 4

Student participants of the Design Odyssey program pitch their project ideas.

AFRL Commanders Challenge 2016

The US Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has kicked off the 6-month long 2016 Commanders Challenge with 6 teams from 6 different Air Force Bases working to solve the counter UAS problem. IDC Co-Director, Professor Kristin Wood, was part of the program. Photo credit: Wesley Farnsworth

Evolving Joinery

Evolving Joinery presents a contemporary interpretation of the traditional interlocking timber joints. It presents insights into the traditional forms of design and its findings into new perspectives for the future. Interlocking joinery, employed from furniture design to building construction, creatively exploits material and geometry such that no extraneous mechanical fasteners such as bolts or screws are structurally required. As such, the design of novel details requires the understanding of timber as a natural composite material with its varied structural performance characteristics; its unique artisan techniques of fabrication, its geometrically intricate assembly procedures, and its aesthetics qualities. Digital information technologies, namely computer-assisted structural design in combination with digital fabrication processes such as computer numerical control machining and multi-material 3D printing enables the conception and materialization of interlocking structural joints that were unattainable with timber crafted by hand.
FullSizeRender (15).jpg

Conversations: A Very Serious Game

IDC faculty, Assistant Professor Sai-Kit Yeung, was a guest speaker at the event which explores the game of art and mathematics and how Escher’s practice resonates with artists, computer programmers and mathematicians today. The event was held on 24 September at the ArtScience Museum. Photo credit: ©Marina Bay Sands

Design Odyssey Get-Together

The get-together event was held on 14 October 2016.

Design Odyssey - Web Development

This session focuses on the understanding of syntax and data types/structures, classes and overview of object-oriented programming.

Design Odyssey - Mobile App Development

In this workshop, we had one of our industry partners from MasterCard Labs conducting an introduction to mobile app development.

Design Odyssey - Pitching Workshop by J. P. Morgan

We were honoured to have senior members of J. P. Morgan Chase with us, Ms Jacqui Brabazon, Head of Asia Marketing, Mr Tim Morse, Executive Director and Team Lead, and Mr Ramji Venkateswaran, Head of Cloud Development Asia Pacific & Head of Innovation, to share their expertise with us. The workshop educates students on the art of presenting their ideas and convincing the audience and was held on 23 September 2016.

Design Odyssey - 3D Technology CAD and 3D Modelling

This exciting session on 3D technology was held on 21 September 2016. Students were exposed to the concept behind 3D technology, the various machines and how to create a 3D model.

Design Odyssey - Industry Networking Dinner

The Industry Networking Dinner was held on 16 September with many esteemed guests from various fields.

Design Odyssey - Design Boot Camp Day 2: Mindset and Teamology

The second day of the boot camp gets participants to deepen their understanding of the model of teamwork. The session was held on 6 September at Capstone 7 and 8.

Design Odyssey - Design Boot Camp Day 1: Prototyping

The first day of the boot camp gets participants to understand the process of bringing a concept from idea to prototype. The session was held on 5 September at Capstone 7 and 8.

Design Innovation Course with NBC Universal International

Professor Dr.-Ing Lucienne Blessing and IDC’s Design Innovation team conducted a professional development course with the lead management of NBC Asia Pacific. The event, held in Bali in July 2016, dealt with various objectives, including facilitating the strategic integration of two separate divisions within NBC as well as enabling the faster adoption of digital technologies within the organization.

Founders’ Memorial: Design Innovation Guidance Workshop

This is a series of 8+ workshops held for the Founder’s Memorial Steering Committee of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and the public, to help crystallize the Founder’s Memorial vision and facilitate/validate further needs finding.

Scientific Advisory Board 2016

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is formed by the IDC Management Committee (IDC MC) to provide input and advice to the IDC Co-Directors and to review the progress of research carried out by the IDC. The SAB is an annual review spanning over 2 days on 15 and 16 August.

Design Odyssey - Mentor Appreciation Dinner

We had our appreciation dinner and networking session on 8 July 2016 at the IDC Innovation Space. Our deepest thanks goes to all of our mentors involved in the Design Odyssey program, from both industry partners and SUTD faculty.

Design Odyssey - Cultivating Emotional Intelligence with Mindfulness and Enneagram

In this Design Odyssey workshop, student participants learned how to cultivate emotional intelligence, specifically, of practicing mindfulness, as a foundation, with the mindsets of empathy, joy and non-attachment. It also introduces participants to the language of our emotional spectrum and allows for deeper understanding of their Enneagram Type.

Design Odyssey - Business Canvas

On 27 May 2016, students from our Design Odyssey programme attended the Business Canvas session, an amalgamation of Design Thinking, emotional intelligence and business development.

Design Odyssey - Mindset and Teamology

On 25 May 2016, students from our Design Odyssey programme attended the Mindset and Teamology session where they were introduced to their strengths, weaknesses or blindspots via the Enneagram system, and how to better work in teams with others.

Design Odyssey - Affinity Diagram and Ideation Techniques

In this 4-part design experience that is an amalgamation of Design Thinking, students get to learn emotional intelligence and business development. The event was held on 20 May 2016.
2016-05-20 15.08.38.jpg

2nd Design Odyssey Bootcamp

Students from various cohorts attended our second Design Odyssey Bootcamp on 18 May 2016. They had the chance to experience a variety of activities related to Design Innovation.

Design Odyssey Social Dinner

Design Odyssey Social Dinner was held on 29 April 2016. It was a great opportunity to mingle and network with the industry and faculty mentors.

Design Odyssey Social High Tea

Design Odyssey Social High Tea was held on 15 April 2016. We were honoured to have guest speaker, Mr Calvin Tan from the National Environment Agency (NEA) and Senior Lecturer Nilanjan Raghunath from the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) cluster to share issues on recycling and research methods.

SUTD Open House 2016

SUTD had its Open House on 5 and 6 March, and as part of it, the IDC had its own showcase of projects and works by faculty, researchers and students.

Design Odyssey Social Immersion Visit to EQUAL-ARK

On 10 March 2016, student participants from our Design Odyssey programme visited EQUAL-ARK as part of their inaugural social immersion field trip.

Inaugural Design Odyssey Bootcamp

More than 30 SUTD students from various cohorts attended our inaugural Design Odyssey Bootcamp on 7 and 8 March 2016. Students had the chance to experience a variety of activities related to Design Innovation.

Visit to IDC by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean

Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Mr Teo Chee Hean, made a visit to our very own IDC on 18 February 2016. Accompanied by our SUTD Chairman, President and Provost, he toured the Gallery and was enlightened on the various project prototypes done by our faculty.

4th SUTD-MIT IDC Design Summit, 20 - 22 January 2016

For 2016, the IDC continue to expand its focus on international partners from various industries. We are honored to have Dr. Ada Yonath, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009, Mr Tim Kobe, Founder and President of Eight Inc., Mr Tai Lee Siang, Group Managing Director for ONG&ONG Singapore, representatives from the Design Business Chamber Singapore (DBCS) Executive Committee, and many other distinguished leaders. The 4th SUTD-MIT IDC Design Summit was held from 20 - 22 January at the ArtScience Museum.

Project Breakthrough

A collaboration between SingtelTV, National Geographic and the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre, Project Breakthrough Project Breakthrough is a brand new initiative that aims to inspire young children aged 9 to 11 years old in Singapore, through first-hand experiences that will nurture and inspire them into the scientists of tomorrow. The event was held in SUTD for three days on 25, 27 Nov and 2 Dec 2015.

MIT IDC Design Open House

MIT IDC hosted the first Design Open House on October 28, bringing MIT faculty, researchers, students and labs together with key industry leaders to engage in a day of Design Discourse.

Visit to IDC by the President of the Republic of Singapore, Dr. Tony Tan

The President of the Republic of Singapore visited the IDC on 13 November 2015. Accompanied by our SUTD Chairman, President and Provost, he toured the Gallery and was enlightened on the various project prototypes done by our faculty.

Official Opening of the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre East Coast Campus

We had our official opening on 11 August 2015 at our brand new campus at 8 Somapah Road. Over 80 people from industry and the SUTD family attended the event.

TEDxBinnenhof @ Singapore, Creative Solutions for Sustainable Cities

The Netherlands Embassy and the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities co-organized TEDxBinnenhof @ Singapore on April 1, 2014. The event featured inspiring talks and a panel discussion on how to create the city of the future.

3rd SUTD-MIT IDC Design Summit, 14 - 16 January 2015

A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all the speakers, the industry panelists, our esteemed guests from MOE and all the other participants who have helped to make this third IDC Design Summit a truly exciting and memorable venue for exchanging insights, for networking and building relationships and for exploring future collaboration opportunities in Design Science, Research and Practice. To quote our SUTD-MIT International Design Centre Co-Directors… “The International Design Centre and our signature IDC Design Summit embody both Design and Innovation for Singapore, the region and the world, as well as our determination to solve the Grand Challenges facing society at large. Building on the momentum from our top-ten rating in Design Science and Research, we will facilitate convergence across industry and government partners, emerging markets, MIT, SUTD and international research and academic communities. The resulting collaborations and outcomes will be representative of our ‘Innovation Ready Design’ approach.” --Prof Kris Wood, Co-Director, SUTD-MIT IDC
2015-01-16 12.19.06.resized.jpg

Visit to Singapore School of Technology

On 2 Jan 2015, SST hosted Professor & Pillar Head Kristin L. Wood, Engineering & Product Development (EPD) & Co-Director of the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre (IDC). SST did an introduction on its vision, mission, values, goals, curricul. ICT enabled learning
KLW-SST Visit 2015 sudt4.jpg

Global Leadership Program (GLP)

The Global Leadership Program (GLP) is a fully funded exchange scholarship program established through collaboration between Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and the MIT-SUTD Collaboration Office. The GLP of SUTD has been hosted by the MIT IDC for two summers and plans are underway to continue and expand the program in coming years. The GLP provides a design and technology experience guided by the principles of ethical and effective leadership. For six weeks, 30 students from SUTD are in residence at MIT. One of the key goals of the program for the summer of 2014 was to provide an opportunity for these students to interact with MIT students, and participate in projects on campus in which MIT faculty and students would be leading or involved. The 30 students were selected for their exceptional academic results; excellent leadership qualities and commitment to team learning and cooperation.

IDC Symposium on Product Family and Product Platform Design

IDC Symposium held at the Singapore University of Technology and Design to showcase the work of several authors and the lead editor of Springer’s new book, Advances in Product Family and Product Platform Design: Methods & Applications.
Book cover.jpg

SUTD Open House 2014

8 - 9 March 2014

2nd SUTD-MIT IDC Design Summit, 15 - 17 January 2014

The IDC is a dynamic institution predicated on the development of new and significant knowledge in the study of design as a fundamental human activity. The first IDC Design Summit in January 2013 was successful in achieving a collective commitment to shared goals and affirming existing research partnerships while germinating new collaborative relations. The second IDC Design Summit is motivated by an interest to reflect on accomplishments and a desire to query our collective thinking on the path forward. As an enterprise guided by the work of diverse researchers working within an existing structure of Design Grand Challenges and Design Research Thrusts, the IDC is well on its way to establishing an international reputation in advancing design science and design research. The second IDC Design Summit has been organized to serve three priorities: first, it is important for all IDC personnel to be aware of the research portfolio and engage in a discussion about the evolving content. Therefore, this summit provides a comprehensive overview of the IDC research program both at SUTD and MIT and provides time for structured discussions regarding this evolving content. Second, it is equally important that the IDC remain open to and agile within a changing and uncertain regional and global future. This summit will offer an opportunity for participants to identify emerging and refined research pathways for the IDC by considering several important future scenarios. Finally, critical to the IDC’s future impact on the international stage is its ability to respond to emerging interests and coalescing priorities by all IDC researchers. This summit aims to engage all attendees on the future path of the IDC.

Inaugural SUTD-MIT IDC Design Summit: Creative and Collective Culture Workshop, 16 – 18 January 2013

The inaugural IDC Design Summit was held on 16 - 18 January 2013 at the Orchard Parade Hotel in Singapore. Its opening session had SUTD President, IDC co-directors, SUTD and MIT faculty and researchers discuss “what is design research and design science?” During breakout sessions, disciplines each defined what design and design research meant in their discipline. A design research experiment concluded the two and a half days’ of great interactions!

Summer 2013: SUTD-Tsinghua University Collaboration - XLP Programme

The SUTD-MIT International Design Centre, in collaboration with Tsinghua University in China provided two SUTD students, Lou Zhi Ning, and Choo Pui Kun, with an innovative research opportunity during the summer of 2013.

MIT IDC Official Opening Ceremony

SUTD and MIT jointly opened the new IDC facility located at MIT on 8 February 2012. The physical layout for the MIT IDC facility was designed to create a hybrid of an engineering laboratory, fabrication facility, and architectural studio space. It is located above the MIT Museum and next to the Edgerton Centre, a proximity that will enrich its vitality. The MIT Museum helps display the results of IDC research and design, while the Edgerton Centre links with IDC’s efforts on mobility. Designed by Gensler, a global architecture firm, the 1,268-square metre facility is highly flexible to suit the diverse set of activities it houses.

SUTD Open House 2013

2 – 3 March 2013
SUTD Open House 2013

30 Aug 2013: The signing of MOA for the NTU-SUTD Joint Lab in Visualization and Prototyping & The official opening of the SUTD IDC space

Situated at the heart of the Dover campus, the SUTD IDC will become an exciting new space for research and knowledge sharing. Specially designed by SUTD’s Assistant Professor Sawako Kaijima, the 13m by 16m space hosts an office/desk-space component, a small prototyping facility as well as an exhibition gallery to showcase some of the most exciting design research work at the IDC. Prof. Kaijima also designed light fixtures (Light Hangers) for the SUTD IDC space that act as a system of dense spatial connections inducing new ways of occupancy and types of connectivity. The IDC Gallery creates space for a vibrant research community, project a theme of innovation and the Science of Design, while balancing efficient and effective use of resources.