Department of Mechanical Engineering

Product Development

The research interest in product development consists of product development methods, including conceptual design, modularisation, integrated product development processes and industrial design and design for manufacturing.
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Research in product development in the department can be divided into two streams: product development methods and development practices in organisations.

  • In product development methods, our research focuses on idea generation, conceptual design, modularisation, integrated product development processes and industrial design and design for manufacturing.

  • In terms of product development practices in organisations, our research investigates how different types of individual perceptions, team practices and organisational processes support developing innovative products.

Latest publications

Using the Electrochemistry Designette to Visualize Students' Competence and Misconceptions on Electrochemical Principles

Vanessa Y. Y. Chia, Katja Holtta-Otto, Franklin Anariba 2022 JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION

Extreme-user conditions to enhance design creativity and empathy- application using visual impairment

Sujithra Raviselvam, Dongwook Hwang, Bradley Camburn, Karen Sng, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Kristin L. Wood 2022 International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation

Conceptualization and operationalization of empathy in design research

Antti Surma-Aho, Katja Hölttä-Otto 2022 Design Studies

Efficient design principles for designing innovative aerial robots

Chee How Tan, Shaohui Foong, Katja Hölttä-Otto 2021 33rd International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology (DTM)

Usability issues in the operating room – Towards contextual design guidelines for medical device design

Antti Surma-aho, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Kaisa Nelskylä, Nina Lindfors 2021 Applied Ergonomics

Simulation Tools for Inclusive Design Solutions

Sujithra Raviselvam, Shiroq Al-Megren, Kyle Keane, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Kristin L. Wood, Maria C. Yang 2021 Universal Design 2021

Understanding customers across national cultures

Jie Li, Antti Surma-aho, Álvaro M. Chang-Arana, Katja Hölttä-Otto 2021 Journal of Engineering Design

Measuring designers’ empathic understanding of users by a Quick Empathic Accuracy (QEA)

Jie Li, Antti Surma-Aho, Katja Hölttä-Otto 2021 33rd International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology (DTM)

Undercurrents of echo chambers and flame wars

Ilkka Koiranen, Aki Koivula, Sanna Malinen, Teo Keipi 2021 JOURNAL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND POLITICS
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

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