SUTD-MIT International Design Centre
The IDC intends to become the world's premier scholarly hub for technologically intensive design. The IDC is built upon the development of the following foundations:
- Innovations for societal needs
The IDC faculty, staff and students work together to design devices, systems and services that address strategic needs of Singapore, the region and the global community. The IDC has identified three Design Grand Challenges: Sustainable Built Environment, Design with the Developing World, and ICT-enabled Devices for Better Living.
- Intellectual merit
The IDC is revolutionising design science research. Leading scholars in the IDC scientifically study all aspects of technical systems and design processes, and seek to develop new tools and methods for cutting-edge design practice and education. The IDC research in design science is organised around six Design Research Thrusts: Experimental Design, Design Computation, Visualisation and Prototyping, Fostering Creativity, Decision Making, and Global Collaboration.
- Leaders for an innovation-based economy
The IDC research is tightly integrated with SUTD’s curriculum. For instance, the undergraduate education experience incorporates design experiences, facilitated by the IDC, throughout the entire degree programme. At the same time, the IDC is a source of new ideas for design education, methodology, tools and practices. By interacting with the curriculum, the IDC is catalysing pedagogical innovation and experimentation and developing technically grounded leaders.
Click on respective row/column for details on each Design Grand Challenge/Design Research Thrust.