Looking for Postdoctoral candidates (Indian and International)
Title: Artificial Intelligence to aid Design for Sustainability
Concept Note Description: Design for Sustainability (DfS) is a challenging task for designers, particularly in the early stages of problem identification and conceptualisation, due to the multitude of factors to be considered. Understanding the lifecycle to better identify problems, poor knowledge of the potential impact of proposed solutions and the combinations of design decisions, the weightage of the three dimensions of Sustainability (social, economic, environmental) are but a few factors needed for making the best possible trade-offs. Add to it, designers seldom have the training or time to make evidence-based decisions from existing research and cases, due to tedious methods and tools available for DfS. Through this IPDF, we will explore how Artificial Intelligence can aid in creating Design for Sustainability supports, with a focus on those based on methods, guidelines and heuristics. The design support will target the problem identification and design conceptualisation stages and build on available databases developed by the Mentors. The applicants should have expertise in development of applications using Artificial Intelligence.
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Sharmistha Banerjee, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Design
Adjunct Professor, Center for Disaster Management and Research
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Phone: +91 361 258 2469
Mail to: sharmistha [at] iitg.ac.in, banerjee.sharmistha [at] gmail.com
Sustainability and Social Innovation Lab - www.sustainability-and-social-innovation.com
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I am an industrial designer with an experience in working in collaborative innovation and sustainable product design. Currently I am working as Assistant Professor at Department of Design, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. My PhD is in Design for Sustainability in the arena of scale-appropriate agricultural equipment design. I did my bachelor in Industrial Design from IIT Guwahati, a master in Integrated Product Design from Technical University of Delft, Netherlands, and PhD from IIT Guwahati.
I have co-founded the Sustainability and Social Innovation Lab at Department of Design, IIT Guwahati. The lab focusses on creating systems for sustainable human consumption and production through a complete revamp of the consumption structure with our design interventions. We are part of the global network on sustainability, the Learning and Education Network in Sustainability (LeNS) consisting of 150+ global universities. Currently a large part of our sustainable product-service development projects are in the domain of agriculture.
At IIT Guwahati I teach courses like System Design for Sustainability, Usability Engineering, User Research Techniques, Product Detailing, Interaction Design, Design Management, Plastics and composites and Design Semantics. I have also developed a MooC course on System Design for Sustainability which had more than 600 subscribers in the academic year 2018 - 19.
In the past few years, I have worked in India, Bangladesh and Netherlands with companies like Philips, Infosys, MIDCO, VU Medical University Amsterdam, Conpax Verpakking, Beat Belly, Botanische Tuin Delft, ACC Ltd, educational institutes like IIT Guwahati, MIT Institute of Design Pune, IDC, IIT Bombay and L'Ecole de Design (Indian Operations), Nantes-Atlantique, France and NGOs like International Development Enterprise Bangladesh.