Transdisciplinary Engineering Research Challenges

Nel Wognum, Cees Bil, Fredrik Elghc, Margherita Peruzzini, Josip Stjepandic, Wim Verhagen

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Transdisciplinary research (TDR) has been the subject of discourse in the past few decades, but has bot been studied much in the context of engineering problems. Many engineering problems can be characterized as ill-defined, like open innovation, adoption of new technology, business development, and the adoption of the Industry 4.0 concept. Transdisciplinary engineering research (TDER) is also performed in large projects by multi-disciplinary teams, as in TDR projects, including stakeholders and people from practice. Such projects may last long, often years. In such large projects, the involved disciplines should include both engineering disciplines as well as disciplines from social sciences. In this paper we address the challenges that exist in adopting a TDER approach. Universities need to prepare students to work in TDER projects. We discuss the current situation in transdisciplinary engineering education (TDEE) and identify challenges that need to be addressed for including TDEE in curricula. The paper ends with a summary and ideas for further research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransdisciplinary Engineering Methods for Social Innovation of Industry 4.0
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 25th ISPE Inc. International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering, July 3–6, 2018
EditorsMargherita Peruzzini, Marcello Pellicciari, Cees Bil, Josip Stjepandić, Nel Wognum
PublisherIOS Press
Pages753 - 762
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-61499-898-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-61499-897-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event25th ISTE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering - Modena, Italy
Duration: 3 Jul 20186 Jul 2018
Conference number: 25

Publication series

NameAdvances in Transdisciplinary Engineering
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)2352-751X
ISSN (Electronic)2352-7528


Conference25th ISTE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering
City Modena


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