Hasso-Plattner-Institut
  
 

Prof. Larry Leifer, PhD

Rumor has it that Larry arrived at Stanford in time to register for autumn quarter in 1958.  He was fresh off the high school baseball team and still wet from a summer's surfing at the Rincon and related Santa Barbara, CA, wave places.  An engineering design career was vaguely foreshadowed by early experiences with model airplanes, firebombs and his first surfing experiences with a balsa board, maybe 5 guys in the water.  There had to be a better way, so he built his first foam and fiberglass board when there were 10 guys in the water.  By the time he graduated from Stanford he was on his 4th board and a typical Rincon day (see also Steamer's Lane, Santa Cruz) would have upwards of 50 people in the water.  

Things changed. Six months at Stanford in Florence transformed the beach guy into a nascent global academic entrepreneur.  On completing his bioengineering (neuroscience) doctoral thesis at Stanford (private pilot license included (ask Bernie)), he worked for several years in Zurich Switzerland, discovering the country, Europe and the lovely wife who would come to share four children with him.

Open to interpretation, he may be the only guy on the Stanford d.school team who has already lived five or more d.school lives.  With a first generation product design master degree, he subsequently taught in the program on returning to Stanford in 1976.  His experience in bioengineering at Stanford, NASA, and ETH-Zurich is embodied in today's Medical Device Design program.  Conceiving and implementing the Smart-Product-Design Program was a precursor to embedded systems and ubiquitous computing, as we know it today.  His founding of the Stanford-VA Rehabilitation Engineering program is now embodied in the Biomechanics and Bioengineering programs.  As it became increasingly clear that the "Renaissance-Man" of the 21st century would be a "Renaissance-Team," the Center for Design Research at Stanford was born to re-invent design-thinking at the team versus solo level.  Academic credits include: 5+ patents; 20 something book chapters; 30 something hard core journal papers; 250 or so refereed proceedings papers; and 40+ successful Ph.D. advisees.

Projects

analyzeD

analyzeD – A Virtual Design Observatory. PI: Larry Leifer Abstract With analyzeD we aim to create … > more

analyzeD - A Virtual Design Observatory (HPI/CDR)

analyzeD – A Virtual Design Observatory (HPI/CDR). PI: Dr. Alexander Zeier / Prof. Larry Leifer  … > more

Crowdpowering Embodied Design Thinking

Crowdpowering Embodied Design Thinking. PI: Prof. Larry Leifer, PhD Abstract We propose a focused … > more

Design Loupes

Design Loupes: A bifocal study to improve the management of engineering design by co-evaluation of … > more

Design Loupes

Design Loupes. PI: Dr. Alexander Zeier, Professor Larry Leifer Abstract Researchers from the … > more

Design Thinking Health: telepresence for remote teams with mobile augmented reality

Design Thinking Health: telepresence for remote teams with mobile augmented reality. PI: Prof. Larry … > more

Design thinking in health IT systems engineering: the role of wearable mobile computing for distributed care

Design thinking in health IT systems engineering: the role of wearable mobile computing for … > more

How Physical Interaction Influences Distributed Design Thinking

How Physical Interaction Influences Distributed Design Thinking. PI: Prof. Larry Leifer, PhD  … > more

Improving Embodied Design Thinking Through Collaborative Improvisation

Improving Embodied Design Thinking Through Collaborative Improvisation. PI: Prof. Larry J. Leifer  … > more

Re-Representation

Re-Representation: An Active Agent and Mediator in Team-Based Design Thinking. PI: Professor Larry … > more

Re-Representation III

Bringing Generative Media to Early Stage IT Development (Re-Representation III). PI: Professor Larry … > more

Rosie

Rosie. PI: Professor Mark Cutkosky Abstract Distributed design teams face barriers to design … > more

Tangible Business Process Modelling (Stanford)

TBPM: Tangible Business Process Modeling - Bringing IT Systems Thinking to Design Thinking . PI: … > more

TeamSense: A Modular Measurement and Feedback Platform for Understanding Engineering Design Team Dynamics

TeamSense: A Modular Measurement and Feedback Platform for Understanding Engineering Design Team … > more

Visual Diagnostics for Design Thinking Teams

Visual Diagnostics for Design Thinking Teams. PI: Larry Leifer Abstract Our proposed research aims … > more

What drives Creative Thinking...?

What drives Creative Thinking...? . PI: Professor Brian Knutson Abstract Employees’ ability to … > more