• Data-Driven Innovation Lab

    We mine, analyze, visualize and make sense of large scale design and innovation data to develop scientific theories, design principles, methods and tools that enhance innovation practices within and across technical domains.

  • Jianxi Luo is director of the Data-Driven Innovation Lab. He holds bachelor and master’s degrees in Thermal and Automotive Engineering from Tsinghua University, and a master's degree in Technology & Policy and a PhD degree in Engineering Systems (the track of Technology Management and Policy) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is an assistant professor of engineering product development at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), associate director of SUTD Technology Entrepreneurship Programme, and a principal investigator of SUTD-MIT International Design Centre. His current research interest is to develop artificial intelligences to enhance creativity in engineering for innovation. He has taught courses on “design”, “innovation”, and “entrepreneurship” to undergraduate, graduate and executive students as well as practicing innovators and entrepreneurs. Prior to joining SUTD, he was a faculty member at New York University, a visiting scholar at Columbia University and the University of Cambridge. He is a president emeritus of the Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Section of INFORMS. In practice, he is a co-founder of several startups in the United States and Singapore, an innovation consultant and public speaker, and an advisor for various startups, venture capital firms and startup incubators and accelerators in Singapore, China and the U.S.

  • Team

    Director &
    Assistant Professor

    PhD in Engineering Systems

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

    Bowen Yan

    Research Fellow

    PhD in Computer Science

    University of Bristol, UK

     

     

    PhD Student

    B.S. and M.S. in Automotive Engineering

    Tsinghua University, China

    Serhad Sarica

    PhD Student

    B.S. & M.S. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering

    Middle East Tech. Univ., Turkey

    Yuejun He

    PhD Student

    B.S. in Information & Communication Engineering

    Zhejiang University, China

    Tan Yi Hao

    PhD Student

    B.S. in Engineering Product Development, SUTD

    MS Student

    MS in Integrated Design & Management, MIT

    L. Siddharth

    Research Assistant

    B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

    Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar

    Gerardo Bulato

    Alumnus

    Product Manager

    InnoSenze

    Ke Shu

    Alumnus

    Researcher

    Singapore Management University

    Jeffrey Alstott

    Alumnus

    Program Manager

    IARPA, US Government

    Washington DC

    Alumnus

    Assistant Professor
    Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

    Alumnus

    Assistant Professor

    Universidad de los Andes

    Bogota, Colombia

    Alumnus

    Assistant Professor Southern University of Science and Technology, China

    Bangqi Yin

    Alumnus

    Founder and CEO

    RiseWinter Digital Pte. Ltd.

    Singapore

  • Awards

    SG Good Design Mark

    Special Mention for Research

    Design Business Chamber Singapore, 2017

    Richard Nelson Prize

    Finalist

    2016

    Best Paper Award

    Annual Conference of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Sydney, 2016

    Best Poster Award

    International Conference on Complex Systems
    Phoenix, Arizona, 2015

    Reviewer's Favourite Paper Award

    International Conference on Engineering Design

    Milan, Italy, 2015

    Reviewer's Favourite Paper Award

    International Conference on Engineering Design

    Seoul, Korea, 2013

    Best Doctoral Dissertation Award

    Runnerup

    Technology Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship Section, Institute for Operations Research & Management Sciences (INFORMS), 2011

    Best Paper Award

    Second Place

    Annual Conference of Oversea Chinese Scholars Association in Management Science & Engineering

    Beijing, China, 2010

  • Publications

    2019

    1. Serhad Sarica, Bowen Yan, Bulato Gerardo, Pratik Jaipurkar, Jianxi Luo (2019) Data-Driven Network Visualization for Innovation and Competitive Intelligence. HICSS-52, Maui, Hawaii.

    2. Jianxi Luo (2019) Technology Space Map as a Digital Platform. HICSS-52, Maui, Hawaii.

    2018

    1. Jianxi Luo, Daniel Whitney (In Press) The Hierarchy-Niche Model for Supply Networks. Production and Operations Management >>
    2. Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (In Press) Multicores-Periphery Structure in Networks. Network Science >>
    3. Binyang Song, Jianxi Luo, Kristin Wood (In Press) Data-Driven Platform Design: Patent Data and Function Network Analysis. Journal of Mechanical Design >>
    4. Jianxi Luo, Binyang Song, Lucienne Blessing, Kristin Wood (2018) Design Opportunity Conception Using Technology Space Map. Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing 32(4), 449-461 >>
    5. Bangqi Yin, Jianxi Luo (In Press) How Do Accelerators Select Startups? Shifting Decision Criteria Across Stages. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management 65(4), 574-589 >>
    6. Jianxi Luo (2018) Architecture and Evolvability of Innovation Ecosystems. Technology Forecasting and Social Change 136, 132-144 >>
    7. Jianxi Luo, Giorgio Triulzi (2018) Cyclic Dependence, Vertical Integration, and Innovation: The Case of Japanese Electronics Sector in the 1990s. Technology Forecasting and Social Change 132, 46-55 >>
    8. Srinivasan Venkataraman, Binyang Song, Jianxi Luo, Karupppasamy Subburaj, Mohan Rajesh Elara, Lucienne Blessing, Kristin Wood (2018) Does Analogical Distance Affect Performance of Ideation. Journal of Mechanical Design 140(7): 071101 >>
    9. Katja Hölttä-Otto, Kevin Otto, Chaoyang Song, Jianxi Luo, Timothy Li, Carolyn Seepersad, Warren Seering (2018) The Characteristics of Innovative Mechanical Products - 10 Years Later. Journal of Mechanical Design 140(8): 084501 >>
    10. Jianxi Luo (In Press) System-of-Systems Innovation: Proactive Methods for Conception and Strategies for Implementation. Journal of Enterprise Transformation >>
    11. Margaret Dalziel, Xiangyang Yang, Simon Breslav, Azam Khan, Jianxi Luo (In Press) Can we design an industry classification system that reflects industry architecture. Journal of Enterprise Transformation. >>
    12. Hasala Marakkalage, Billy P. L. Lau, Serhad Sarica, Sanjana K. Viswanath, T. Balasubramaniam, Belinda Yuen, Jianxi Luo, Richi Nayak, Chau Yuen (In Press) Understanding the Lifestyle of Older Population in Singapore: Mobile Crowdsensing Approach. IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems
    13. Binyang Song, Jianxi Luo, Rajesh Elara Mohan, Kristin Wood (2018) Data-Driven Function Network Analysis for Product Platform Planning: A Case Study of Spherical Rolling Robots. International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE 2018), August 26-29, Quebec City, Canada.
    14. Jianxi Luo, Kin Leong Pey, Kristin Wood (2018) Crowdfunding Campaign As a Design-Based Pedagogical Approach for Experiential Learning of Technology Entrepreneurship.  International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE 2018), August 26-29, Quebec City, Canada.
    15. Yuejun He, Jianxi Luo (2018) Assess Novelty of An Invention Using the Central-Extreme Novelty Matrix: A Case Study of Juvo Lab's Fibre-Optic Sensor Mat. International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC), Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2018, Bath, UK.
    16. Jianxi Luo (2018) Browse the Technology Space Map to Conceive Design Application Opportunities of a Technology. International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC), Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2018, Bath, UK.
    17. Wei Zhang, Steven White, Jianxi Luo (2018) The accidental institutional entrepreneur: How a startup emerged as the root of China’s solar industry cluster. Industry Studies Conference, Seattle, WA.
    18. Wei Zhang, Steven White, Jianxi Luo (2018) The Accidental Institutional Entrepreneur: How a Startup Emerged as the Root of China's Solar Cluster. SMS Special Conference, Hyderabad, India.
    19. Jianxi Luo (2018) Data-Driven Visualization of Firm’s Knowledge Positions in the Total Technology Space. SMS Special Conference, Hyderabad, India.

    2017

    1. Binyang Song, Srinivasan Venkataraman, Jianxi Luo (2017) Patent Stimuli Search and its Influence on Ideation Outcomes. Design Science, 3, e25. >>
    2. Yuejun He, Jianxi Luo (2017) The Novelty “Sweet Spot” of Invention. Design Science, 3, e21. >>
    3. Jeffrey Alstott, Giorgio Triulzi, Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (2017) Inventors' Explorations Across Technology Domains. Design Science, 3, e20. >>
    4. Jianxi Luo, Bowen Yan, Kristin Wood (2017) InnoGPS for Data-Driven Exploration of Design Opportunities and Directions: The Case of Google Driverless Car Project. Journal of Mechanical Design, 139(11), 111416. >>
    5. Binyang Song, Jianxi Luo (2017) Mining Patent Precedents for Data-driven Design: The Case of Spherical Rolling Robots. Journal of Mechanical Design, 139(11), 111420. >>
    6. Jianxi Luo, Kristin Wood (2017) The Growing Complexity in Invention Process. Research in Engineering Design, 28(4), 421-435. >>
    7. Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (2017) Filtering Patent Maps for Visualization of Diversification Paths of Inventors and Organizations. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68(6), 1551–1563. >>
    8. Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (2017) Measuring Technological Distance for Patent Mapping. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68(2), 423–437. >>
    9. Jeffrey Alstott, Giorgio Triulzi, Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (2017) Mapping Technology Space by Normalizing Technology Relatedness Networks. Scientometrics, 110(1), 443-479. >>
    10. Srinivasan Venkataraman, Binyang Song, Jianxi Luo, Karupppasamy Subburaj, Mohan Rajesh Elara, Lucienne Blessing, Kristin Wood (2017) Investigating Effects of Analogical Distance on Ideation Performance. International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE), August 6-9, 2017, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
    11. Binyang Song, Jianxi Luo (2017) Identifying patent precedents for engineering design: an iterative heuristic method of mining text, citation and inventor information. International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE), August 6-9, 2017, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
    12. Srinivasan Venkataraman, Binyang Song, Jianxi Luo, Karupppasamy Subburaj, Mohan Rajesh Elara, Lucienne Blessing, Kristin Wood (2017) Investigating Effects of Stimuli on Ideation Outcomes. International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED), Vancouver, Canada.
    13. Jianxi Luo, Jefrrey Alstott, Giorgio Triulzi, Bowen Yan (2017) Inventor Diversification in Technology Networks. POMS Hong Kong Conference, January 4-5, Hong Kong.

    2016

    1. Yuejun He, Jianxi Luo (2016) Novelty, Conventionality, and Value of Invention. Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (DCC), June 27–29, Evanston, Chicago, USA.
    2. Jeff Alstott, Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo. Using Games to Understand Tradeoffs in Designing Across Technology Domains. Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (DCC), June 27–29, Evanston, Chicago, USA.
    3. Binyang Song, Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (2016) Design Opportunity Conception Using Technology Space Map. Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (DCC), June 27–29, Evanston, Chicago, USA.
    4. Giorgio Triulzi, Jeffrey Alstott, Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (2016) Predicting Inventors’ Movements Across Technology Domains. Modeling Science, Technology & Innovation Conference, National Academy of Sciences, May 17-18, Washington D.C., USA.
    5. Binyang Song, Giorgio Triulzi, Jefrrey Alstott, Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (2016) Overlay Patent Network for Analyzing Design Space Evolution: the Case of Hybrid Electrical Vehicles. 14th International Design Conference, May 16-19, Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
    6. Jeffrey Alstott, Giorgio, Triulzi, Jianxi Luo. 2016. Identifying High-Productivity Inventor Recruits Using Technology Network Maps. International Conference on Science of Science (ICSS), March 22-23, Washington DC, United States.
    7. Jianxi Luo. 2016. Expansionism-Based Design and System of Systems. Complex System Design & Management (CSD&M) Asia-Pacific Conference, February 24-26, Singapore.
    8. Bangqi Yin, Jianxi Luo (2016) Critical Factors in the Selection of Start-up Incubator Residents. DRUID Asia Conference, February 23-25, Singapore.
    9. Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (2016) Filtered Patent Maps for Predicting Technology Diversification Paths of Inventors and Organizations. DRUID Asia Conference, February 23-25, Singapore.
    10. Jianxi Luo, Giorgio Triulzi (2016) Cyclic Dependence, Vertical Integration and Innovation. DRUID Asia Conference, February 23-25, Singapore.

    2015

    1. Jianxi Luo. 2015. The United Innovation Process: Integrating Science, Design and Entrepreneurship as Sub-processes, Design Science, 1, e2. >>
    2. Jeffrey Funk, Jianxi Luo. 2015. Open standards, vertical disintegration and entrepreneurial opportunities: How vertically-specialized firms entered the U.S. semiconductor industry, Technovation, 45/46, 52-62. >>
    3. Jianxi Luo. 2015. A simulation-based method to evaluate the impact of product architecture on product evolvability. Research in Engineering Design, 26: 355–371. >>
    4. Jeffrey Alstott, Giorgio Triulzi, Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (2015) Mapping Technology Space by Normalizing Technology Relatedness Networks. International Conference for Complex Systems, Tempe, Arizona, Untied States.
    5. Giorgio Triulzi and Jianxi Luo (2015) Detecting Change in Design Trajectories and Agents' Inventive Strategies in Large Patent Citation Networks. International Conference for Complex Systems, Tempe, Arizona, United States.
    6. Jeffrey Alstott, Giorgio Triulzi, Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (2015) Predicting Invention with Technology Networks. International Conference for Complex Systems, Tempe, Arizona, United States. 
    7. Jeffrey Alstott. 2015. Forecasting Technology for Effective Action. 2015 Effective Altruism Global Conference, Oxford, UK.
    8. Giorgio Triulzi, Jeffrey Alstott and Jianxi Luo. 2015. Mapping Technology Space by Normalizing Technology Relatedness Networks. European Meeting on Applied Evolutionary Economics, 1-3 June, Maastricht, Netherlands.
    9. Jeffrey Alstott, Giorgio Triulzi, Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (2015) Mapping Technology Space by Normalizing Technology Relatedness Networks. NetSci, June 1-5, Zaragoza, Spain.
    10. Chaoyang Song, Jianxi Luo, Katja Otto, Warren Seering, Kevin Otto. 2015. Risk and innovation balance in crowdfunding new products. International Conference on Engineering Design, Milan, Italy.
    11. Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (2015) Visualizing Main Paths of Diversification of Innovation Agents on Technology Networks. INFORMS Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, United States.

    ~2014

    1. Jianxi Luo, Alison L. Olechowski, Christopher L. Magee (2014) Technology-based design and sustainable economic growth. Technovation, 34(11), 663-677. >>
    2. Jianxi Luo (2014) Loops and autonomy promote evolvability of ecosystem networks. Scientific Reports, 4: 6440. >>
    3. Jianxi Luo (2013) Which Industries to Bail Out First in Economic Recession? Ranking U.S. Industrial Sectors by the Power-of-Pull. Economic Systems Research 25(2), 157-169. >>
    4. Jianxi Luo, Carliss Y. Baldwin, Daniel E. Whitney, Christopher L. Magee (2012) The architecture of transaction networks: A comparative analysis of hierarchy in two sectors. Industrial and Corporate Change. 21(6), 1307-1335. >>
    5. Jianxi Luo and Christopher L. Magee (2011) Detecting evolving patterns of self-organizing networks by flow hierarchy measurement. Complexity, 16(6), 53-61. >>
    6. Jianxi Luo (2014) Network Structure and Evolvability of Innovation Ecosystems. DRUID Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark
    7. Wei Zhang, Jianxi Luo, Steven White (2014) Global Entrepreneurship and the Origin of An Ecosystem Root Firm: The case of China’s Solar Photovoltaic Industry. Strategic Management Society Special Conference,  Tel Aviv, Israel.
    8. Jianxi Luo, Giorgio Triulzi (2014) Architecture of Value Network Participation and Innovation: An Empirical Analysis of the Japanese Electronics Sector. INFORMS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, USA.
    9. Caoyang Song, Jianxi Luo, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Kevin Otto (2014) Innovation and Risk in Product Development: Empirical Testing of 3D Printers on KickStarter.com. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, USA.
    10. Katja Hölttä-Otto, Kevin Otto, Jianxi Luo (2013) Innovation differences between new ventures and incumbent firms. Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Engineering Design, Seoul, Korea.
    11. Victor Tang, Jianxi Luo (2013) Idea matrix and creativity operators. Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Engineering Design, Seoul, Korea.

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