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Design Thinking at the International Faculty of Engineering of the TUL


Design Thinking Method has been used in problem-based projects conducted at the International Faculty of Engineering for several years. It has first concerned the Computer Science (CS) program conducted within 5-year MSc scheme and later implemented into Problem Based Learning (PBL) Team Projects at the first cycle study for both CS and TCS (Telecommunications and Computer Science) specialities.


Some of the prototype solutions and services created by our students through Design Thinking have already achieved several international successes such as gaining awards at international exhibitions of inventions and innovations. For instance, the projects "System for digital content optimization for the visually impaired people" and "Automatic driver notification about detection of the emergency vehicles" won gold and silver medals at exhibitions in Brussels , Zagreb and Warsaw as well as at the World Cup of Computer-Implemented Inventions in years 2008-2011. Our studends were also finalists of some other major inventor competitions including United Nations endorsed ITU World Young Innovator Competition.


Since 2011 open workshops on Design Thinking have been regularly conducted for IFE students by Andrzej Romanowski from the Institute of Applied Computer Science and Paweł Woźniak – visiting lecturer from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Extracurricular classes on Design Thinking engage our students as well as are opened to the students of all specialities and they are conducted with the support and under the patronage of the Łódź Chapters of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Polish Information Processing Society (PTI).


The latest initiative associated with the implementation of the methodology of design thinking in education programs is an Erasmus Intensive Project entitled DESTINE (DESign Thinking in EngINEring). DESTINE isimplemented jointly by the International Faculty of Engineering and the Institute of Applied Computer Scienceand involve 6 partner institutions from Spain, France, Germany, Cyprus, Scotland and Sweden. The project received funding in 2013, and will take place in July 2014. The project will be carriedout around innovativeproblem-design classes for multicultural student groups ,which will be the cumulated during a two-weekworkshop project in Lodz. More information about DESTINE will be available soon on the project website.


Date of record: 2015-02-19
Date of actualization: 2015-09-10
Submited by: Teresa Sarnecka