Prof. Dr. h.c. Hasso Plattner

AnalyzeD - A Virtual Design Observatory

With analyzeD we aim to create and disseminate a design project analyzer that will enable researchers beyond the HPDTRP community to conduct Design Thinking research. The application will be set up as software as a service (SaaS) solution. As a result, we remain in partial control of the ongoing research activities. That will allow HPDTRP to benefit directly, by having data access and indirectly, by being cited. The initial setup of the service will encompass the functionalities as developed for the d.store application within the last two years and is also based on generic architecture that offers simplified access and is able to handle large data sets. Beyond existing d.store functionality, analyzeD will allow us to tap into CAD log file data of various engineering projects. Equipped with this empirical data, we aim to quantitatively model and statically test Design Thinking paradigms. A strong candidate for testing is the consecutive rapid iteration paradigm. Can recurring patterns and wave-like movements in the captured design activity indicate a well-explored solution space and enhanced output quality? To our current knowledge, testing core Design Thinking assumptions with large, real life data samples would be a first in Design Thinking research.

Project Members HPI: Matthias Uflacker, Thomas Kowark

Project Members Stanford: Larry Leifer, Martin Steinert

Related Research Area: Human-Centered Software Design and Engineering

Project Period: since Sep 2010