The HPI-MIT “Designing for Sustainability” Program engages multidisciplinary research teams to investigate both innovation in all its dimensions and different application contexts as well as computer science for designing sustainable digital solutions. In particular, researchers should develop ambitious, long-term explorations related to the innovation strategies of design to generate sustainable impact for society across various domains of practice. The program applies rigorous academic research methods to understand the scientific basis for how and why design innovation works and fails. Design is understood broadly to include design research and thinking, design in the field of computer science, and design in entrepreneurship. Funded researchers study the complex interaction between members of multi-disciplinary teams challenged to deliver breakthrough product, service, and business-model sustainable design innovations.
The first HPI-MIT “Designing for Sustainability” Workshop will take place in Cambridge, MA (US) in Spring 2023. Interested faculty from both institutions will be in attendance for networking. Multi-disciplinary research topics will be discussed, existing challenges will be diagnosed and solutions to complex international problems will be proposed.
The research collaboration is supported by the Hasso Plattner Foundation and set up over eight years, with an interim evaluation after four years. The funded program will entail semi-annual research workshops, quarterly virtual seminars, and student exchanges between both institutes.