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Reference Number ES/W010984/1
Title Design 4.0: Pedagogic best practice for technology-driven design futures
Status Started
Energy Categories OTHER CROSS-CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES or RESEARCH(Energy system analysis) 5%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 30%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Politics and International Studies) 5%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 20%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Statistics and Operational Research) 20%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 50%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 50%;
Principal Investigator Dr E Pei

Brunel Design School
Brunel University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 01 February 2022
End Date 31 January 2023
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £41,685
Industrial Sectors
Region London
Programme FIC South Korea Networking
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr E Pei , Brunel Design School, Brunel University (99.994%)
  Other Investigator Dr F Colecchia , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Brunel University (0.001%)
Dr L Corsini , Brunel Design School, Brunel University (0.001%)
Professor H Lee , UNLISTED, Ulsan Nat Inst of Sci and Tech UNIST (0.001%)
Professor K Kim , UNLISTED, Ulsan Nat Inst of Sci and Tech UNIST (0.001%)
Professor H Kim , UNLISTED, Ulsan Nat Inst of Sci and Tech UNIST (0.001%)
Professor J A J Self , UNLISTED, Ulsan Nat Inst of Sci and Tech UNIST (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea (0.000%)
Project Contact , Central Research Labratory (0.000%)
Project Contact , Korean Inst of Design Promotion (KIDP) (0.000%)
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Objectives Objectives: The project's four objectives are:1) Organise one onsite visit to UNIST, KIDP, UNIST Innovation Park, hosted by Lead UNIST Co-I and other UNIST Co-Is. Including series of activities and events (WP01). Including: KIDP (Korean Institute of Design Promotion) Workshop, Design 4.0 + AI Symposium (in collaboration with UNIST AI Graduate School), UNIST AI Innovation Park visit, Education Round-Table. Korea/UNIST events and activities attended by 15-20 members consisting of representation from Brunel Design, UNIST Design, Design Council (UK) and KIDP (Korea).2) Organise onsite visit to Brunel, Brunel Design School, hosted by the project PI and Brunel Co-Is. Activities to include: Design Sprint with Brunel Students and in collaboration with Design Council (UK), and CRL (Central Research Laboratory), UK. On-site Future Funding Workshop, hosted by Brunel members and attended by Korean Co-Is. It is expected that 10-15 Brunel students will participate in the Design Sprint Event. Project PI/Co-Is will participate as supervisors and instructors. The Future Funding Workshop will be attended by PI and Co-Is, together with representation from Design Council (UK) and KIDP (Korea).3) Create a report on the state-of-the-art based upon an audit to education programs at UNIST and Brunel Design. The report to focus on existing integration of technology within curriculum provisions. And also relation between themes, design and technology (i.e. sustainability, technology and design, aging, technology and design).4) Publish and present one paper at an international conference (E&PDE 2022). Paper presented by and co-authored with early career academics participating as Co-Is (Brunel and UNIST).5) Submit one larger grant application in collaboration between Brunel School of Design, UNIST Department of design, and in association with other stakeholders (i.e. KIDP, Design Council, UNIST AIGS); NRF (National Research Foundation of Korea) Global Research Network Program, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Horizon Europe, or similar, etc.)6) Hold five online meetings (kick-off, Touch-Point Meetings x 3, Final Proposal Submission Meeting). These meetings to be attended by all members, plus representation from KIDP, Design Council and Central Research Laboratory.
Abstract The project provides a platform for networking and collaboration between Brunel University London, School of Design and UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology), Department of Design. The project will also benefit from participation by The Design Council in the UK, and The Korean Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP), Republic of Korea and Central Research Laboratory (CRL), UK. To act as platform for collaboration, the project adopts a focus for activities and events that is relevant to and appropriate for both partners due to their historic, technology-driven approach to design. As a starting point, we will examine how technology-driven design (i.e. Design driven by disruptive, emergent technologies like AI) may address some of the big societal challenges facing both Korean and UK (i.e. aging populations, sustainable economy, energy security). Through a series of activities and events, we will then consider the skills and knowledge required of future designers to apply technology through design to peoples lives. These will then inform an exploration of ideas towards pedagogic tools, methods and approaches to the development and implementation of future design curriculum. The future design education will aimed at providing students the skills and knowledge to work at the intersection between technology and people in addressing big challenges through technology-driven design. Thus, the networking project's focus is to explore and better understand how the skills and knowledge of future designers must change to respond to challenges and opportunities of disruptive technologies (for example, Artificial Intelligence). In this the project is part of an effort to understand how design education can be best placed to work at the intersection between people and technology to provide solution to big challenges on the horizon in the UK and Korea. This will be achieved through a strategic series of on-site, on-line and in-person networking activities, delivered across Brunel University London, UK and UNIST Korea. These activities are designed to both provide opportunity for exchange (including early career research involvement), and stimulate work towards future funding acquisition on topics related to best practice in design education for technology-driven futures, including how design may contribute to big societal challenges through technology-driven design innovation. With reduced funding for the creative arts, including design, in the UK and Republic of Korea, the project is a timely intervention aimed at mitigating education challenges now facing design. The networking project's scope will be expanded to include key UK and Korean partners (Design Council UK, Korean Institute of Design Promotion). The project will act a primer for larger funding acquisition and sustainable collaboration between Brunel Design School and UNIST Department of Design. The project will also look to expand beyond Brunel and UNIST Design, to include partners from across Brunel University London and UNIST. Both UNIST and Brunel Design's historic identities as technology-driven design schools will provide further foundation for the networking project focus and activities
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