OVERLAY PATENT NETWORK TO ANALYZE THE DESIGN SPACE OF A TECHNOLOGY DOMAIN: THE CASE OF HYBRID ELECTRICAL VEHICLES

DS 84: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2016 14th International Design Conference

Year: 2016
Editor: Marjanovic Dorian, Storga Mario, Pavkovic Neven, Bojcetic Nenad, Skec Stanko
Author: Song, B.; Triulzi, G.; Alstott, J.; Yan, B.; Luo, J.
Series: DESIGN
Section: DESIGN INNOVATION
Page(s): 1145-1154

Abstract

Technology domains are often made of various interactive technologies, which makes technology forecasting difficult. We introduce a method to visualize, analyze and predict the evolution of a technology domain, which is to overlay the design space of a technology domain and its evolution paths on the total technology space. In this way, the structure of the design space of a domain and its evolution paths can be identified and analyzed. One can also analyze the nearby neighborhood of the current positions of a domain on the total map, to explore next innovation and expansion opportunties.

Keywords: technology forecasting, patent network, data-driven design, hybrid electrical vehicles

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