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Title: The challenge of integrating AI & smart technology in design education
Authors: McCardle, John
Keywords: Artificial intelligence
Technology integration
Research dissemination
Industrial design
Tertiary education
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: © Kluwer
Citation: MCCARDLE, J., 2002. The challenge of integrating AI & smart technology in design education. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 12(1), pp. 59-76.
Abstract: This paper examines some of the many problems and issues associated with integrating new and developing technologies into the education of future designers. As technology in general races ahead challenges arise for both commercial designers and educators on how best to keep track and utilise the advances. The challenge is particularly acute within tertiary education where the introduction of new cutting edge technology is often encouraged. Although this is generally achieved through the feedback of research activity, integrating new concepts at an appropriate level is a major task. Of particular concern is how focussed areas of applied technology can be made part of the multidisciplinary scope of design education. The paper describes the model used to introduce areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to undergraduate industrial design students. The successful interaction of research and education within a UK higher education establishment are discussed and project examples given. It is shown that, through selective tuition of research topics and appropriate technical support, innovative design solutions can result. In addition, it shows that by introducing leading edge and, in some cases, underdeveloped technology, specific key skills of independent learning, communication and research methods can be encouraged.
Description: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1013089404168
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1023/A:1013089404168
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/26298
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1013089404168
ISSN: 0957-7572
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