What We Do

Our research is more about creating technologies of innovation and less about creating innovative technologies. Our research community is called Design Theory and Methodology. If you are unfamiliar with the field, it is basically the study of the science of design.

Our primary research interest is focused at helping engineers during the initial phases of design. Our specific expertise is in developing methods that facilitate the generation of a large solution space of concepts given some problem or need. Design methods developed at the PROSE Lab also help facilitate concept generation for specific types of product spaces; like biomimetic product concepts, derivative biomimetic product concepts, and universal product concepts.

Then, given these large spaces of concepts, we create methods to evaluate and compare these concepts to assess feasibility; and determine superiority and performance. Our research is most useful on products or systems that are complex or are multidisciplinary.


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