Elizabeth Tilley: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2023

Name Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Tilley
FieldGlobal Health Engineering
Global Health Engineering
ETH Zürich, CLD D 10.1
Clausiusstrasse 37
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 88 28
DepartmentMechanical and Process Engineering
RelationshipAssociate Professor

151-3202-00LProduct Development and Engineering Design Restricted registration - show details 4 credits2GK. Shea, T. Stankovic, E. Tilley
AbstractThe course introduces students to the product development process. In a team, you will explore the early phases of conceptual development and product design, from ideation and concept generation through to hands-on prototyping. This is an opportunity to gain product development experience and improve your skills in prototyping and presenting your product ideas. The project topic changes each year.
ObjectiveThe course introduces you to the product development process and methods in engineering design for: product planning, user-centered design, creating product specifications, ideation including concept generation and selection methods, material selection methods and prototyping. Further topics include design for manufacture and design for additive manufacture. You will actively apply the process and methods learned throughout the semester in a team on a product development project including prototyping.
ContentWeekly topics accompanying the product development project include:
1 Introduction to Product Development and Engineering Design
2 Product Planning and Social-Economic-Technology (SET) Factors
3 User-Centered Design and Product Specifications
4 Concept Generation and Selection Methods
5 System Design and Embodiment Design
6 Prototyping and Prototype Planning
7 Material Selection in Engineering Design
8 Design for Manufacture and Design for Additive Manufacture
Lecture notesavailable on Moodle
LiteratureUlrich, Eppinger, and Yang, Product Design and Development. 7th ed., McGraw-Hill Education, 2020.

Cagan and Vogel, Creating Breakthrough Products: Revealing the Secrets that Drive Global Innovation, 2nd Edition, Pearson Education, 2013.
Prerequisites / NoticeAlthough the course is offered to ME (BSc and MSc) and CS (BSc and MSc) students, priority will be given to ME BSc students in the Focus Design, Mechanics, and Materials if the course is full.
151-8102-00LResearch Beyond the Lab: Open Science and Research Methods for a Global Engineer Information Restricted registration - show details
Does not take place this semester.
4 credits3GE. Tilley
AbstractFrom the proverbial 'field' to the heart of Zurich, engineering research is guided by the same fundamental principles. With the goal to improve the human condition with technology, we designed this course to teach learners how to conduct a research project out of the lab, and apply open science principles to their data analysis projects.
ObjectiveBy the end of the course, learners will be able to:

• articulate a foundational understanding of 'research'
• identify and implement an appropriate research paradigm for a given study
• identify the importance of, and challenges related to research ethics
• create a SMART research question
• articulate appropriate research aims and objectives for specific questions
• create survey questions using a variety of question types and understand the limitations and uses for each type of survey question
• apply 12 principles for data organisation in spreadsheets in the layout of a collected dataset
• clone a repository from GitHub into the RStudio Cloud and can use the RStudio IDE to commit and push changes to GitHub
• create a repository on GitHub and start a new R Project using the RStudio IDE in the RStudio Cloud
• can use three different ways of getting support in solving coding problems online
• can apply 10 functions from the dplyr R Package to generate a subset of data for use in a table or plot
• use GitHub to publish their Course project report as a website
• can use exported references from Zotero in Better BibTex Format to generate an automated reference list
• cross-reference figures and tables within an R Markdown file
ContentOver the course of the semester, students will develop a research project and learn the necessary qualitative and quantitative methods required to collect data from people. We will use tidyverse R packages to work with data, and git and GitHub as tools for version control and collaboration. By the end of the course, students will have a complete overview of how a typical field-based research project is designed, implemented and communicated.

Content will be delivered through lectures and tutorials. The success of the course will depend on the student's own willingness to engage with local challenges, stakeholders, citizens and agencies in order to develop a comprehensive body of work that answers a relevant, local problem.

Topics covered include:

• Theory and foundations of field-based Research
• Research Ethics: your role as a researcher, data privacy, ethical approval processes
• Qualitative and Quantitative research methods
• Research Design and implications for analysis
• Data Collection using digital tools
• Version control and collaboration with git and GitHub
• Exploratory analysis with tidyverse R packages for data visualisation and communication
• Concept of tidy data and tidyverse R packages for data transformation
Lecture notesDistributed during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course does not have any specific prerequisites. No prior experience of working with a programming language is required, nor do we expect statistical knowledge beyond basic summary statistics taught in high school environments.

Note on accessibility: Although there are 2 weeks of data collection outside of the classroom, we do not want this, or any other component of the hybrid-style course to be a barrier to anyone who is interested in enrolling. If you have a specific concern about your ability to participate, please contact us, so we can discuss strategies to ensure that you are included.
Subject-specific CompetenciesTechniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
701-1502-00LTransdisciplinary Case Study Information Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 25.

Students will be informed by January 20th at the lastet if participation is possible.

Students must apply for this course with a two-page motivation letter. The letter should address the following: Why are you interested? What do you want to learn? What can you contribute to? The letter can also include special skills that the case study could benefit from. Please send the letter by Mon, 2 January 2023 the latest to Link and Link.

Important: for students in Agricultural Sciences, the case study can replace the compulsory course 751-1000-00L Interdisciplinary Project Work!
7 credits15PM. Stauffacher, P. Krütli, E. Tilley, B. Vienni Baptista
AbstractThis course is a problem-oriented and research-based teaching activity that takes place in a real-world setting. Students work independently in groups, apply different methods of data collection and analysis, and engage intensively with stakeholders.
In 2023, the case is Seychelles. The overarching theme is sustainable land use, examining tourism as a relevant land use-related industry.

ObjectiveStudents learn how to plan and conduct research in a real-world context. This includes structuring ill-defined and wicked problems, developing research questions, designing research plans, writing research reports, applying qualitative and quantitative methods, working in interdisciplinary and inter-cultural teams, and organizing transdisciplinary cooperation between science and society.
ContentSeychelles is a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) in the Indian Ocean, consisting of about 115 islands spread over a sea area of 1.4 million km2. SIDS share some common characteristics. They are small in size and economy, remote and isolated from international markets, vulnerable to external disturbances and effects of climate change. Seychelles is highly dependent on an intact natural environment. Tourism and fishery are the main economic pillars. Seychelles has recently joined the category of high-income countries, but still has many characteristics of a developing country.

With an area of 450 km2 used by almost 100,000 inhabitants and 300-400 thousand tourists per year, land is a scarce commodity in the Seychelles. Accordingly, the pressure on land use is high. Infrastructure, housing, industry, transport, recreation, agriculture, nature conservation and tourism compete for the scarce land.

Tourism takes up a lot of land, especially along the coastal strip, generates traffic and waste, requires energy and other resources and is heavily dependent on imports. On the other hand, tourism creates jobs, income and tax substrate. The number of tourist arrivals has grown strongly at rates of 10 percent per year over the last 10 years. The tourism strategy envisages further growth. This should be in line with sustainability goals.

Rethinking tourism in the Seychelles: Possible topics are e.g., synergies between agriculture and tourism; social impacts of tourism on local society; (environmental) impacts of tourism use including the development of mountain areas and offshore tourism facilities; the relationship between tourism and transport.

The case study is prepared in close cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), which is the main partner of the case study, to ensure that the research is relevant to the local context. A second key partner is the local University of Seychelles. It is again planned that a cohort of local students will participate, especially during the field phase.

This is the fourth transdisciplinary case study organized in Seychelles. In 2016 and 2018 we looked at solid waste management. In 2021, the theme was Seychelles’ transport system. See: https://tdlab.usys.ethz.ch/teaching/tdcs/former/cs2016.html

For further information about the case study 2023:
Prerequisites / NoticeInformation event on tdCS23: Monday, 5 December 2022 (17h15–18h00), CHN building, room G 42.
Slides will be provided on request.

Important dates:
- Semester phase in Zurich, February-June 2023: every Wednesday, 08h15-09h00 (online) and afternoon 14h15-18h00 (classrom)
- Validation workshop: Fri/Sat, 21/22 April 2023
- Three weeks field phase in Seychelles: Mon-Fri, 3-21 July 2023 (dates may slightly change)
- Between end of Semester and start field work, some further work may be needed

If you have questions, please send an Email to pius.kruetli@usys.ethz.ch.

Students must apply for this course with a two-page motivation letter. The letter should address the following: Why are you interested? What do you want to learn? What can you contribute to? The latter can also include special skills that the case study could benefit from. Please send the letter by Mon, 2 January 2023 the latest to pius.kruetli@usys.ethz.ch and michael.stauffacher@usys.ethz.ch.

Important: for students in Agricultural Sciences, the case study can replace the compulsory course 751-1000-00L Interdisciplinary Project Work.
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingfostered
Critical Thinkingfostered
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered
851-0649-00LInternational Development Engineering Restricted registration - show details 1 credit2VI. Günther, K. Shea, E. Tilley
AbstractIn this lecture series, students will learn from researchers around the globe about technological interventions designed to improve human well-being for complex, low-resource settings. Students will get familiar with frameworks from social sciences and engineering, helping them to understand and evaluate the discussed technologies and to put them into a broader context.
Objective• Students will get familiar with frameworks from social sciences and engineering needed for innovation in a complex, low-resource setting.
• Students will learn about concrete examples of technological interventions designed to improve sustainable development and critically reflect on them.
• Students get a broad understanding of some of the most important issues and discussions related to global sustainable development.
ContentIn the introductory class, students will learn about challenges related to global sustainable developments and how they have developed over time. Students will then get exposed to frameworks from social sciences and engineering disciplines, which will help them analyze technologies designed for low-resource settings. In the remaining sessions thought leaders from the field of development engineering will present a wide range of innovations from sectors such as health, water and sanitation, education and governance that will then get discussed with students. Since many of this thought leaders will come from around the globe at least 50% of sessions will be online.
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
851-0653-00LResearch Design for Global Sustainable Development Restricted registration - show details
Does not take place this semester.
2 credits2SI. Günther, T. Schmidt, K. Shea, E. Tilley
AbstractThe course is for doctoral students who are developing a technology/concept to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and are interested in testing/piloting it in a real-world setting. Building on a proposal that participants develop in advance, the course covers the practical and theoretical considerations involved when taking a technology/concept into a real-world context.
ObjectiveStudents understand the concepts of co-evolution of technology and policy and can evaluate the external validity of a case study. They understand how to determine user needs and design their technology/concept to meet them. They understand how to test the social impact of a technology/concept. They can identify potential ethical issues and develop a mitigation strategy.
ContentThis course is for doctoral students from all ETH departments who are developing a technology or concept to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of their PhD and are interested in testing/piloting it in a real-world setting. Building on a short proposal that participants will develop before the course, the 4-day program will address the practical and theoretical considerations involved when taking the technology/concept out of the lab into a real world context. The skills developed will allow participants to iteratively develop their proposal such that it could be competitive if submitted to a funding call.
Special attention will be paid to the common pitfalls of technology testing in complex environments, user-centered design, quantitative evaluation, as well as the fundamentals of project management in an international multi-partner project, paying particular attention to the KFPE principles.
Students will come with a short project proposal that is further developed over the course of the four days and learn the necessary background, theory, and methods to implement and evaluate their technology/concept. Content will be delivered through lectures, workshop sessions and presentations . The success of the course will depend on the student's willingness to apply the material to their own proposal, integrating the feedback of peers and lecturers along the way.
Each morning will consist of a lecture and practical session. The afternoons will include time for workshopping the proposals, as well as a feedback session and group discussion.

Topics covered include:
Innovation/Research Theory: How to think about technological impact ex ante and how to select case studies
Needs-Driven Technologies: How to define the problem/need for which a solution is to be designed/tested
Impact Measurement: How to design a research project that can analyze the social impact of a technological or social innovation
Partnership Administration and Ethics: How to set up and maintain equitable partnerships

We welcome students from all departments, particularly from engineering, computer and natural sciences. Ideally, PhD students are already advanced enough to already have a (first) proposal but not too advanced so that this course only creates afterthoughts. As such, we recommend that students take the course in the first or second year of their doctoral studies.

Importantly, this course is not meant as a comprehensive introduction to the research design skills that a doctoral student should have; rather this is a short overview that will provide insights into the specific methodologies used to translate lab-based research into more complex environments.
Prerequisites / NoticePlease note: Students can only participate in the course if they send a short proposal with the following information about the technology/concept they are developing (max. 2 pages!) via email to alhees@ethz.ch no later than February 20, 2023.

Motivation (which challenge/need will be addressed? Which SDGs are addressed?)
Background (current state of the art)
Describe concept/technology and its novelty
Case study location, targeted context, targeted population
Proposed methodology to test/pilot the technology/concept