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Prof. Eric Tao
California State University Monterey Bay, USA
Title Apply “Design Thinking” to Your Startup
Abstract “Design Thinking” is a human-centered approach to innovation. It uses interactive, empathy-driven process to generate creative solutions to complex, ill-defined, emotionally-infused, multi-dimensional business problems. A highly collaborative and multidisciplinary team rapidly go through the sevensteps cycles of define, research, ideation, prototype, choose, implement, and learn to complete the design thinking process.
Design Thinking discourages the traditional scientific way of problem-solving by analysis, while encourages designers/architects practice of problem solve by synthesis. The process is used in many leading innovative organizations in Silicon Valley, notably Stanford University, Apple Computer, IDEO Design and California State University Monterey Bay.
Many startups use the design thinking to generate successful products that fulfill the both user’s practical and emotional needs. The design thinking process is a good fit for startup since it epitomizes the mindset of “there is no such thing as failures, just learning that lead to success.” The process puts the user as the focal point of product creation, and it embraces empathy, diversity, and ambiguity, as well as recognizing the importance of multidisciplinary teams. The process reflects ideas that stem from well-known design principles and best innovation practices, but the design thinking incorporate them into a coherent and repeatable process.
It is essential for the innovative entrepreneurs to understand and practice design thinking, which might be the most effective way to generate market-winning products. Dr. Eric Tao will give an overview of design thinking, provide examples of how it is used in startups. He will also lead a short workshop so the participants can experience the basics of design thinking process during the session. Additionally, Dr. Tao will provide a comparison between the innovation strategies applied in the western and the eastern culture, which leads to a set of recommendations that both sides can learn each other.
Prof. Aiping Zhu
Yangzhou University, China
Title Preparation of Complex of Polyaniline and Acrylic Ester Grafting Epoxy for Anticorrosion and Intrinsically Antistatic Coatings
Abstract In this paper, acrylic ester grafting epoxy with carboxyl groups (A-g-EP) was firstly prepared using solution polymerization. A complex of polyaniline (PANI) and A-g-EP (PANI-A-g-EP) was then prepared by in-situ chemical oxidation polymerization of aniline, which pre-reacted with the carboxyl groups of A-g-EP. FT-IR spectra confirmed the formation of the PANI-A-g-EP complex, and it has a unique self-crosslinking structure, which comes from ester formation between epoxy and carboxyl groups on the A-g-EP chain. Effects of PANI content on the glass transition temperature (Tg) and the thermal decomposition temperature (Td) of A-g-EP were investigated. The partially oxidized emeraldine salt state of PANI in the complex was revealed by UV-Vis, FT-IR and cyclic voltammetry (CV). The antistatic property was investigated with a surface resistance measurement. Anticorrosion performances of PANI-A-g-EP complex coating on mild steel in 0.1M of H2SO4 solutions were investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The anticorrosion and antistatic mechanisms were discussed.
Prof. Hitoshi Wakizako
Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
Title Industrial Robots and Machine Vision
Abstract Industrial robots are used for various applications such as welding, handling, painting, inspection, and assembly in automated production lines, especially in car manufacturing production. The typical operation of industrial robots is called “teaching and playback”. In the teaching operation, an operator moves a robot to the series of points located on desired path of the robot using a teach pendant and stores those positions. In the playback operation, the robot moves to the stored positions sequentially and repeats the sequence. Because the robot follow the same path consist of the programed positions, the target parts of the robot are required to be pre-oriented and aligned using part aligners or fixtures before the robot starts its task.
Machine vision systems allow a robot to perform in more flexible manner. The vision systems are used for such applications as detection of part orientation or position, part inspection and measurement. In the vision system, cameras acquire object images, and the images are transferred to computers and analyzed using image processing software.
The result of the image processing is transferred to a robot controller and the position data of the robot is modified.
In this keynote speech, the roles of industrial robots and machine vision are presented.