China, Wuxi, Jiangnan University DESIS Lab

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DESIS Lab Presentation

Jiangnan University DESIS Lab

City: Wuxi
Country: China

Coordinator: Miaosen Gong, PhD, Associate Professor
Address: C301, School of Design, Jiangnan University 1800 Lihu Avenue, Wuxi, 214122, China
Tel: +86 510 85329005 Fax: 85501491

Operational manager: Li Zhang, Lecturer
Address: School of Design, Jiangnan University 1800 Lihu Avenue, Wuxi, 214122, China
Tel: +86 510 85911500 Fax: 85501491

Address: C301, School of Design, Jiangnan University 1800 Lihu Avenue, Wuxi, 214122, China
Tel: +86 510 85911500 Fax: 85501491
Website: (in construction)

Hosting institution: School of Design, Jiangnan University
Address: 1800 Lihu Avenue, Wuxi, 214122, China Tel: +86 510 85919712 Fax: 85501491

·Background and objectives
DESIS Lab (DESIS Research Center) at Jiangnan University was founded as collaboration of School of Design, Jiangnan University and Indaco, Politecnico di Milano at the end of 2008 as a spinoff of Chita 08 project “Mobile Communication and Collaborative Service”. As a promoter and one of founding members, DESIS-China was founded in 2009 and transferred to be a regional cluster in 2011, in last years, the DESIS Lab actively organized a number of DESIS oriented activities in teaching, research and international events to promote and engaged the research topic and projects. The Lab, as a research group in school, aims to investigate the related research concerns on design for social innovation, in particular, in the context of China on the one hand; It also play a positive role to be an interlocutor for the international exchange and collaboration on another.

Primary research areas and activities

The Main Formal and Present Activities

  • Annual DESIS workshop (on topics of Food, Community service, digital platform and ect.), since 2008
  • Annual DESIS symposium, since 2010
  • Annual DESIS postgraduate course (PSSD), since 2010
  • DESIS Special Issues on , 2010, 2011
  • Annual GIDE programme as a partner, since 2013
  • Annual D+C programme as a partner, since 2013
  • Annual interdisciplinary studio course of senior students, since 2014
  • Annual interdisciplinary studio course of postgraduate, since 2013

Primary Research Areas

  • New Food network
  • Public welfare and service
  • Elderly and Health
  • EV mobility
  • Digital Social Innovation

List of projects and research

  • Digital Social Innovation-Smart health (2014-), self-funded as part of thematic cluster of DESIS network. It explores the new visions, scenario and proposals of health related issues with cutting-edge information technologies and socially innovative approaches.
  • “Wangjin Endorsement” ecological agriculture (2014-), funded by Wangjin endorsement team. It aims to explore the trust rebuilding and value creation of ecological agriculture products.
  • “YiGongFang” Public service design for IDP (2013-), Funded by BinHu community. It aims to explore the innovation on social service for the people with intellectual disabilities with co-design and co-production approaches.
  • Design strategies of social innovation for sustainable lifestyles (2011-), funded by Ministry of Education Humanities and Social Science Youth Fund (11YJC760018). It aims to investigate the Chinese social innovation by case study and develop design strategies in the perspective of sustainable lifestyle.
  • Collaborative Service in Ubiquitous Network (2007-2010), Phd research in Politecnico di Milano. It aims to investigate the how involve of information and digital technologies change the context and format of social innovation.

People (participants’ names list):

  • Miaosen Gong
  • Li(Lynn) Zhang
  • Francesca Valsecchi
  • Jie(Greg) Shen
  • Xian(Laura) Zhang
  • Dongjuan Xiao
  • Jun Li

Visiting fellow:

  • Nansi Van Geetsom
  • Priscilla Chueng-Nainby
  • Jihong Sun
  • Xue Pei
  • Yiying Wu

Postgraduates (2014): Huiying Xie, Jiao Meng, Wenqing Lv, Dan Gao, Jingwen Zhang, Hanqi Zhang, XueLiang Li, Junxiang Wang, Huan Li, Jiyue Xin, Lulu Zhang, Shengran Che.

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