Summer School – Design Research and Scientific Writing

Conghua, Guangzhou
July 8-12, 2019

Organized by

  • International Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a joint research institute of Eindhoven University of Technology and Zhejiang University

Co-organized by

  • China Industrial Design Association
  • Open University of Design
  • Stichting voor Design Promotion in Europa en China

This one-week summer school is intended for Master and PhD students, young researchers and professionals in industrial design, communication and media, art and humanities, architecture and urban planning, as well as related domains, who are interested in learning how proper academic research can be done in the field of design, aiming at quality publications in international journals and conferences to share the knowledge and experience from these research activities. We will share our experiences with lectures and case studies, and we will also engage the participants with hands-on workshops in which we will help the participants to frame and plan their research of their own interests and provide concrete guidance and suggestions on reporting and publishing the research.


Day one, lectures on

  • General introduction to research methodologies (both qualitative and quantitative)
  • How to conduct a proper literature review
  • General structure of a paper
  • Perspectives from reviewers and editors
  • How to address feedback from reviewers

Day two, case studies and example research on

  • Playful interaction
  • Design for learning and teaching
  • Design for vitality and well-being
  • Design for healthy and active ageing
  • Design for social inclusion and cohesion
  • Information product design

Day three, workshop on cases from the participants

  • Participants are allocated to smaller groups according to research themes
  • Presentations by the participants (It should be related to the position paper as mentioned below in “Participation”)
  • Discussions led by the teachers
  • Participants improve their position papers, guided by the teachers

Day four, individual coaching

  • Individual meetings between the participants and the teachers
  • Teachers provide individual guidance and suggestions to the improved position paper and the planned research
  • Social activities

Day five, plenary presentations and wrap-up

  • Invited presentations by the participants
  • Teachers share their observations and interesting cases from the workshop and individual coaching
  • Feedback from the participants for improving the Summer School.
  • Wrap-up and look-forward

Follow-up activities

We will follow up the outcomes of the summer school, inviting the selected position papers (see below about Participation) to be extended to full papers to be published in special issues of international journals, or dedicated sessions at international conferences, such as:

International Journal of Arts and Technology (IJARTS)

Emerging SCI indexed. See for more information. The journal welcomes the research on exploring the design of intelligent artistic artefacts. We are planning to organize a special issue on design research on design for vitality and well-being in this journal. If you are aiming at publishing in this special issue, your position paper (see below about Participation) should be within the scope.

CHI Play

CHI PLAY is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group for Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI). CHI PLAY is the international and interdisciplinary conference (by ACM SIGCHI) for researchers and professionals across all areas of play, games and human-computer interaction (HCI). We call this area “player-computer interaction.” See for example CHI Play 2019 To this end, the conference features streams that blend academic research and games with research papers, interactive play demos, and industry insights.

International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII)

EI indexed proceedings. See for more information. We organize parallel sessions on design with social computing, IoT and digital media every year. If you are aiming at publishing in this conference, your position paper (see below about Participation) should be within the scope.

If your position paper (see below about Participation) is outside the scope of the above publishing venues, it is also welcomed – we will recommend relevant venues that would fit your topic. If a pattern appears in many position papers, we will try to organize special issues or dedicated sessions in other proper venues.


Please register at the Education Branch of China Industrial Design Association before ADATE:

With the following documents:

  1. A brief CV, including contact information, education background, work experience, and if possible, a publication list;
  2. A short position paper, no more than 4 pages, preferably in English (or Chinese, if feel difficult at this moment)
    1. If you are aiming at publishing the extend full version in IJARS or HCII, it shall fall into the scope of the publishing venue (see Follow-up Activites)
    1. In ACM CHI extended abstract format. See for guidance.
    1. If it is about planned research or a research idea or direction you want to develop, try to include the following: Background, research objectives, methodology, planning, expected results and references.
    1. If it is about a completed research, try to include the following: Background, research objectives and research questions, methodology, design and experiment, results, discussions, conclusions and references.


  • Teachers from universities: xxxx CNY
  • PhD and Master students: xxxx CNY
  • Members of the Education Branch of China Industrial Design Association: xxxx CNY
  • Board members of the Education Branch of China Industrial Design Association: xxxx CNY


Ben Schouten


Ben Schouten is Full Professor of Playful Interactions in Intelligent Systems. In addition, he is scientific director of education at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He is an advisor for the European Commission on the Internet of Things as well as for the Dutch Cultural Media Fund, responsible for E-culture. Schouten is interested in games & play design for social innovations, citizen empowerment and culture. Schouten was the general chair of the renowned CHI PLAY 2017 conference and co-founder of the Games for Health Conference series. He has co-edited several scientific volumes, such as the proceedings of the 5th International Joint Conference of Ambient Intelligence and the thematic issue of the Journal of Ambient Intelligent Systems (2013), on playful Interactions and Serious Games.

Jun Hu


Dr. Jun Hu is a Senior Member of ACM, currently an Associate Professor in Design Research on Social Computing, and a PhD supervisor at Department of Industrial Design (ID) , Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Jiangnan University and a Guest Professor at Zhejiang University. He was the head of the Designed Intelligence of ID TU/e from 2015 to 2017. He is currently the chair of the working group “Art and Entertainment” of IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) TC14 (Technical Committee on Entertainment Computing). He is the coordinator of the TU/e DESIS Lab in the DESIS network (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability). He serves the editorial boards of several international journals such as Information, International Journal of Arts and Technology, and EAI Transactions on Creative Technologies. He has more than 230 peer-reviewed publications in conferences and journals in the field of social cyber-physical systems, IoT, HCI, industrial design, computer science and design education.

Yuan Lu


Yuan Lu is Associate Professor of Design for Healthy and Active Ageing. She is a member of the Faculty Graduate School Admission Committee and a Visiting Associate Professor at Zhejiang University in China. Lu is interested in exploring the use of design probes to create innovation opportunities and support design decisions with multi-stakeholders. She aims at creating intelligent products, systems and related services for the increasing aging society. She has a background in mathematics, industrial engineering and innovation sciences. Luhas been leading and participating in a number of national and EU research projects in the area of designing for healthy and active ageing, including the CRISP Grey but Mobile project (2011-2014) in the Netherlands and the Horizon 2020 REACH project (2016-2020) in Europe. She has been a member of the advice board to the Province Brabant in the area of Healthcare since 2017.

Fangtian Ying


Shijian Luo

罗仕鉴,浙江大学计算机学院工业设计系教授、博士生导师、副主任, 荷兰爱因霍温科技大学、中国美术学院、天津大学 兼职教授及博士生导师。他在湖南大学获得学士和硕士学位,在浙江大学获得博士学位。他在用户体验和产品创新设计、服务设计、计算机辅助工业设计方面具有专业经验。2010年,负责的《用户体验与产品创新设计》课程获得教育部授予的国家精品课程,课程内容包含与诺基亚、惠普、富士通、富士、阿里巴巴、华为、网易、百度、美的等公司的合作,这种模式可以为教育和工业设计行业提供参考。2013年,该课程被教育部评为国家精品资源共享课。

Cheng Yao

Dr. YAO Cheng is now Director of Information Product Design Department, School of Software Technology at Zhejiang University, China. His professional experiences include the Deputy Director of Computer Aided Product Innovation Design and Engineering Center (Ministry of Education), Lecturer of Digital Art and Design Department, ZJU, Research Assistant of Digital Media Computing and Design Lab, ZJU. He is the Member of Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), the Member of Design Management Institute (DMI), and the Member of the China Industrial Designers Association (CIDA). The author and co-author of more than 10 international and national refereed articles, he is one with multi-discipline backgrounds who possesses the ability to combine theoretical thinking and design practice into design education. His research interests lie in research methodologies for design, integration of technology and design, cultural and technology impacts on design and intelligent products. His ability in supervision is highly regarded, and around 20 international or national design awards received under his supervision in past 3 years, including Red-dot and iF concept award and IDEA.

Pengcheng An

Pengcheng An

Pengcheng An (安鹏铖) is a Post-Doctoral researcher at Department of Industrial Design (ID). As a continuation of his PhD project in ID, his current research focuses on designing seamless human-computer interaction (HCI) for practitioners such as teachers and nurses, who engage in busy and highly dynamic routines in everyday work. The research aims for human-centered solutions that enable the busy users to interact with future Internet-of Things environments in a natural and effortless way. As a designer, he received several awards for his earlier works, including “Red Dot Design Award: Best of the Best” (twice). As a design researcher, he was honored recently for his academic publications with “Reviewers’ Choice Award” of INTERACT ’17 (IFIP TC13 conference on human-computer interaction), and “Best Paper Honorable Mention Award” of CHI ’19 (ACM SIGCHI conference on human factors in computing systems)..

Xipei Ren

Xipei Ren

Xipei Ren is a postdoc researcher at the Vitality Data Center of the Industrial Design department, TU Eindhoven. He also works as a data scientist in HumanTotalCare B.V., the largest Dutch occupational healthcare service provider. Xipei obtained a Ph.D. diploma from the Industrial Design department, TU Eindhoven, where he explored the design of interactive technology for health promotion among office workers. Based on his Ph.D. research, Xipei published 13 papers in high-impact journals (e.g., International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Sensors, etc.) and top conferences (e.g., CSCW 2018, CHI 2019, IFIP INTERACT 2017, and MobileHCI 2016, etc.). His design works have also been exhibited in several globally recognized design events, including Dutch Design Week 2018 (Eindhoven), World Design Capital 2016 (Taipei), and World Industrial Design Conference 2018 (Hangzhou). Xipei’s current research interests include ICT for Health, Persuasive Design, AI for Medical Decision Support, and Data-Driven Vitality.