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

Idea Generation Mechanisms

Saurabh Deo, Aimane Blej, Senni Kirjavainen, Katja Holtta-Otto 2021 Journal of Mechanical Design

An Investigation of the Influence of Disciplinary Distance in Interdisciplinary Education through Faculty's Experience

Xiaoqi Feng, Katja Hölttä-Otto 2021 ASME 2021 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference

Zero Gravity : radical creativity by multidisciplinary collaboration

G.H. Filz, Serenay Elmas, Athanasios Markou, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Saurabh Deo 2021 <i>Proceedings of IASS Annual Symposia</i>

Editorial

Katja Holtta-Otto, Zhimin Xi, Zhen Hu, Zhenghui Sha, Janet Allen, Faez Ahmed, Jonathan Cagan, Guanglu Zhang, Haris Ligata, Wei Chen 2021 Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME

Special Issue

Katja Hölttä-Otto 2021

From crossing chromosomes to crossing curricula–a biomimetic analogy for cross-disciplinary engineering curriculum planning

Elina Kähkönen, Katja Hölttä-Otto 2021 European Journal of Engineering Education

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)

Understanding customers across national cultures

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

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

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
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

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