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Berkeley Engineering Executive & Professional Education

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This two-day design innovation course provides a framework for thinking about the co-evolution of design and technology, with a focus on emerging trends in the Internet of Things.


The “Internet of Things” (IoT) is the concept associated with devices becoming connected as the cost of sensors and connectivity continues to plunge. Connected devices can be as simple as a toaster signaling its status, or as complex as a jet engine streaming real-time updates during flight. More than 50 billion IoT connected devices are expected by 2020.


  • What is the Internet of Things?
  • Innovation at the intersection of design and technology
  • Design thinking and human-centered design processes
  • Emerging IoT technologies related to wearables, consumer products, and infrastructure
  • Hands-on rapid interaction prototyping workshop
  • Industry Examples


Advances in design are often intricately interwoven with advances in fundamental technologies, and the most iconic products excel in both areas. This two-day course provides a framework for thinking about the co-evolution of design and technology, with a focus on emerging trends in the Internet of Things.

Leading faculty from the College of Engineering will lecture on IoT topics, explaining how this emerging technology is changing the product and service landscape from the body to the city, and why a human-centered design approach is essential in deploying new technologies successfully.

Industry experts will complement faculty-led sessions with case studies illustrating these concepts. In workshop sessions, participants will have a chance to bring ideas together through rapid prototyping.

JACOBS INSTITUTE FOR DESIGN INNOVATION The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation is UC Berkeley’s interdisciplinary hub for learning and making at the intersection of design and technology. The Jacobs Institute views design and technological innovation as integrally linked: innovation opens possibilities and extends the reach of design, while design links new technologies with human experiences and ensures that innovation truly benefits people and communities. Bringing together technical depth, design methodology, and a focus on societal impact, the Jacobs Institute aims to enable participants to understand both the underthe-hood details that make something work and the big-picture context that makes something matter. Design Innovation for the Internet of Things


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  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Industrial Applications for the Internet of
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UC Berkeley Engineering Executive & Professional Education prepares engineering and technical professionals for leadership roles by cultivating expertise and skills in technology and leadership.


Recognized as one of the world’s top three engineering schools, we understand engineers and what they face as they move into leadership roles in global environments. We bring the perspective of a faculty of thought leaders - engineers who are creating tomorrow’s knowledge today - who have realworld industrial experience as entrepreneurs, heads of Research and Development, and consultants to industry. All of our programs incorporate these strengths as the basis of design and delivery so that our program graduates are well-versed in how to fill global engineering roles. We recognize the tremendous strengths and skills that engineers and scientists have developed through their education and experience. Engineers are adept at mastering complex systems and making decisions in the most challenging technological situations. We teach them how to apply these skills to global business and organizational situations and challenges.

Who should attend

The program is designed for engineering leaders, designers, and practitioners working in a range of sectors, including corporate R&D labs, manufacturing, and/or consumer goods.

Trust the experts

Björn Hartmann

Björn Hartmann is Faculty Director of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, a new undergraduate teaching institute focused on hands-on, human-centered design. He also co-founded the CITRIS Invention Lab, equipped with digital fabrication and rapid prototyping tools, that serves as inspirati...


Eric Paulos

Associate Professor and Chief Learning Officer of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, UC Berkeley College of Engineering. Eric Paulos is the founder and director of the Hybrid Ecologies Lab, an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering Computer Science Department at UC Berkeley, Dire...


Scott Moura

Scott Moura is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Director of eCAL. He received the Ph.D. degree from theUniversity of Michigan in 2011, the M.S. degree from the University of Michigan in 2008, and the B.S. degree from the...


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