Research Areas

Research Areas

X+ Experience & Interaction Lab

Over time, all societies develop, evolve and transform within a perpetual flow of information exchange and, as the world keeps on shifting, so do our needs and wants. Looking into interactions is to build understanding about our human experience through natural and artificial world. Understand how we communicate through perception, cognition, behavior and performance, and how to design, innovate, and to challenge existing behavior to improve new situations in everyday life

The Experience and Interaction research lab specializes in the different modes of interaction between people and the environment, through physical materials and digital applications and services. At its core, the lab aims to evaluate, question, and improve our daily experiences and transactions with the artificial world through the design and improvement of artefacts, tools, spaces, systems, or experiences, according to and within the cultural context they exist in.

Lab Leader: Dr Mengjie Huang, + Dr Cheng-Hung Lo, Aven Le Zhou, Prof Richard Appleby, Dr Mariia Zolotova


S+ Social Innovation Lab

Design in terms of stylistic function has long passed. We are presented with real-world challenges which such complexity that simple design approaches do not provide workable solutions for the communities we live in. To entangle these interconnected contexts, a multi-disciplinary approach is needed to build inclusive and sustainable living environments for our future communities. Social Innovation Lab adopts a holistic approach, acknowledging that collaborations are essential to create impact, within national and international contexts.

Social Innovation Lab is user-centered and strongly led by practice-based research: – through sustainable material research, we change our use of and access to resources, – through cultural analysis and a deeper understanding of the past, we can co-create the future, – through socially engaged practices, we can educate change.

Lab Leader: Dr Luis Felipe Moreno Leyva, + Emanuela Corti, Vicente Esteban


M+ Future Making & Manufacture Lab

Future Making and Manufacturing is an open platform for many new digital manufacturing processes, from single prototypes through to high volume production, considering how research practice in new material forms and constructions can lead innovation for many manufacturing industries. This Lab is also within a collection of the crafts communities operating within the Jiangsu Province, with a wide variety of materials including bamboo, copper, earth, jade, silk, silver, stone, and wood. These craft materials processes offer unprecedented opportunities for design research as an expression of regionalism and digital innovation. Similar experiences that integrate traditional craft in contemporary design are happening in many other Chinese cities, promoting formats of traditional materials and handicraft techniques, workshops, and exhibitions.

Lab Leader: Jacob de Baan, + Paul Denison, Ivan Parati, Hongchao Wang