Prof. Cees de Bont, PhD

Dean, Design School, Loughborough University, UK

Trained in Consumer Psychology, PhD from Delft University of Technology, 10 years in Philips Royal Electronics and deanships of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering in Delft and the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Speech Title: Defining design as interplay between: digital fabrication, human factors, user experience and safety.

Abstract: Design has progressed a lot as a discipline in the last decades. It has become more knowledge-intense and multi- and trans-disciplinary. At Loughborough University we have developed ways to design and evaluate early ideas, concepts and prototypes which make it possible to be effective in the fuzzy-front end of innovation. It requires productive iterations between concept development and evaluation. In a world in which technologies are developed at a very fast pace, it is important to make it possible for people to appreciate the novel products and services and for them to be able to make use of those innovations in productive and safe manners. This requires knowledge and expertise on human factors, safety and user experience. The refined interplay of these types of knowledge together with the creation of early concepts and prototypes is what defines design today.





Prof. Richard Bibb

Loughborough University, UK

Prof Bibb has been active in Additive Manufacturing research for more than 20 years. After graduating from Brunel University with a BSc in Industrial Design in 1995 he moved to the National Centre for Product Design & Development Research (PDR) at Cardiff Metropolitan University to undertake Rapid Prototyping research gaining his PhD in 1999. He founded the Medical Applications Group at PDR in 1998 and led it for 10 years. The group, now called Surgical & Prosthetic Design, continues to be successful and recently won a Queen’s Anniversary Award. He moved to the Design School, Loughborough University in 2008 and established the Design for Digital Fabrication research group in 2014. His research focuses on design for 3D Printing and the application of advanced design techniques in surgery, prosthetics, orthotics and medical  devices. He has contributed to research projects totalling £4.5 m from EU, Research Councils, charities and industry. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers, chapters and books.


Speech Title: Design for Additive Manufacturing




Prof. Ezendu Ariwa, University of Bedfordshire, UK

Academic Supervision of Warwick University, UK 
Chair, IEEE Consumer Electronics & Broadcast Technology, UK & Ireland 
Chair, IEEE Technology & Engineering Management Society, UK & Ireland 
Associate Vice Chair, BCS Health & Care Executive


Professor Ezendu Ariwa  is a  Chartered Fellow of  British Computer  Society  (BCS) and Chair of IEEE Consumer Electronics & Broadcast Technology Chapter, UK and Ireland.  He is an Academic Supervisor at the University of Warwick, UK and held various academic  and professional positions with many  years of experience in the United Kingdom and Internationally
He has achieved good collaboration with multicultural SMEs in the United Kingdom, with respect to mentoring and working on joint professional development on ICT enterprise programmes. He has experience of doctoral research supervision and consultancy as well as doctoral external examiner for various Universities both in the UK and internationally on Information Risk Management and applicable  computing in Smart Cities and Healthcare.

He has a good research profile and the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Green Computing (IJGC), Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Computing and Digital Systems (IJCDS), Journal of E-Technology, and the Associate Editor of the International Journal of E-Politics and the Associate Editor of International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies (IJDST)

Ezendu  is author of a number of books and papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. He has also delivered keynote speeches at various international conferences.  He recently published a book on Green Technology Applications for Enterprise and Academic Innovation, Publisher: IGI Global, USA.

Speech Title: Green Technology and Microplastic Pollution in Industrial Engineering: Implications for Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability





Assoc. Prof. Frido Smulders, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands


Frido Smulders is an Associate Professor in Design, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and director of the Entrepreneurship by Design Lab at the School of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology.

Frido holds a PhD in ‘Innovation Sciences’ at Delft University of Technology and BSc & MSc degrees in Aerospace Engineering also from Delft. As an Aerospace Engineer, his research in the material sciences resulted in Glare, the material now applied in the fuselage of Airbus A380. His career in business prior to rejoining academia spans from a concept engineer in the Offshore Industry (SBM Offshore) to a materials specialist in Aerospace Industry (Alcoa) and as management consultant in the field of (technological) innovation and creativity.

His present research focuses on the verbs of innovating and entrepreneuring (corporate as well as new venture). He has an almost utopian aim to uncover the fundamental building blocks/’molecules’ of what (technological) innovating really is, that is, its theoretical fundaments. Industrial practice is Frido’s living lab and he therefore collaborates intensively with a large set of companies. Included among these collaborations is with Unilever on a project called ‘Innovating innovation by Design’. Other partners are: Shell, Henkel, Aegon, LeasePlan, Oceanco, etc.

On the education side of his work he develops curricula, courses and teaches intensively on subjects related to his research portfolio, e.g. Technology based Entrepreneurship, Build Your Startup, Corporate Entrepreneurship by Design, Entrepreneurial Engineering, Leading Strategic Design, and Collaborative Business Design. Not surprisingly, Frido is a TU Delft Educational Fellow and by peers referred to as an ‘educational pioneer’.



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