The global society is facing complex problems such as global warming, disasters, energy, food, population, and so on. To seek solutions, we need to develop specialists capable of designing systems and architectures for societies in collaboration with experts from different research fields.
In 2013, "Collaborative Graduate Program in Design" started in Kyoto University (so called Kyoto University Design School). In this program, we educate experts in Cyber (such as informatics) and Physical (such as engineering) fields to develop their problem finding/solving skills in collaboration with experts in management, psychology and arts. Cross-disciplinary courses on design theory and methods have been introduced: field-based/problem-based learning (FBL/PBL), leadership training courses including field internships, as well as various academia-industry education activities in order to develop talent with a broad view and creativity.
In 2018, undergraduate courses called "Social and Human Innovation by Practical Science and Engineering" (so called SHIP) started in Waseda University. We are now developing workshops connected to specialized courses in science and engineering.
This talk presents experiences on interdisciplinary design education for both graduate and undergraduate students.
Toru Ishida, Tetsuo Sawaragi, Kumiyo Nakakoji and Takushi Sogo. Interdisciplinary Education for Design Innovation. IEEE Computer, Vol. 50, No. 5, pp. 44-52, 2017.