The User Centred Approach of Repro-Light, Involving The User In The Project

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The User Centred Approach of Repro-Light, Involving The User In The Project

As lecturer and researcher in Innovation in Industrial Design at Mondragon University I have been carrying out several research design projects internationally and regionally at Mondragon, using a User Centred Design approach.

I have been participating in privately funded projects mainly related to interaction design and product development. However, my work has been focused in user experience evaluation method and tools development, and currently I am leading the activities at the Interaction Lab in the Design Innovation Centre (DBZ) at Mondragon University.

DBZ of Mondragon University is a centre which holds all the research activities related to design knowledge generation and transfer. Since its creation, DBZ has developed several User Centered Design research projects, from product design to service design research projects, recently including Cyber-Physical Systems Design projects in Industry 4.0 with manufacturers from automotive, tool machinery and construction sectors among others.

Currently, DBZ is involved in several European projects related to Design and Manufacturing & ICTs, such as Rennovates (H2020), SmartEnCity (H2020) or YesICT (Erasmus+). In addition, DBZ is also promoting the use of a User Centered Design methodology in companies and projects, and Repro-Light is a great example of that.

Our methodology defines a specific step-by-step process, providing a different set of tools for each design phase that enable user participation during the whole process. Therefore, the different workshops that we are carrying out during this first stage of the Repro-Light project are based on this methodology.

Mondragon University is contributing to the Repro-light project with its expansive knowledge in User Centred Design and Technology Acceptance approaches. We have already performed workshops and we launched a specific questionnaire, reaching users from all Europe.

Based on these kinds of activities, we will help to define the specification of requirement (WP2) prior to the development of the product, which allows the Repro-light consortium to design the Repro-light in such a way that ensures optimal user acceptance and avoid rapid obsolescence.

We will also use our tools for user participation in the assessment of the product in WP6, where we will determine the user acceptance and the technology acceptance rates with the innovative luminaire solutions. Furthermore, we will describe future market scenarios on the basis of the user and market acceptance rate results in WP7.

Ganix Lasa Erle, PhD.