First, I want to welcome you to the pages, and hopefully also to the course!
Together, we will aim to create a better understanding of design as a social, collaborative process, where different types of information, needs, goals, requirements and forces, through time and work, emerge into results, conceptual design solutions. The course has been designed especially to 1st year MA students of CoID MA programme, but also other interested MA students are welcome.
Focus on the design domain of interest to you
The course is not about a design domain like industrial design, interaction design, or service design. The teams decide the application area they want to pursue based on their interests and the findings from the first part of the course. There are many potential dimensions in all of the fields above, and more, which we can already see in the assignment topic area worth of pursuing, and ripe for creative design solutions. It's up to you to find out which to tackle.
Continue your concept after the course - if you wish
What's more, the immature concepts which we can achieve during this 6-week course can be further elaborated towards prototyping and testing as separate projects (up to 10 cr-worth), or during the course From Concepts to Designs (10cr) in the IV period in the Spring. The AMRI research team (see below) will continue to support you if you proceed after the course. We do hope to see that to take place - the intent of the setup has been to provide an opportunity to have a larger project during the MA studies, something which may not be possible within Aalto's 6-week study period system. You can still take this course as a standalone one.
The topic area for this Fall is Accessible Magnetic Resonance Imaging (AMRI).
You will be asked to engage in qualititive research for finding out the context, needs, and come up with requirements for some potential application areas for the technology which is being developed with Aalto ELEC who have expertise in medical imaging going back decades. The findings should lead to interesting emerging concepts which will be the other outcome of the course. There is also a social responsibility dimension to the product: The "accessibility" in the name of the project refers not only to use cases like imaging life-supported patients suffering from COVID-19 but to e.g. undeveloped areas, or even to crises to diagnose pneumonia, trauma etc. The assignment means contacts with the AMRI researchers, as well as with stakeholders and users in different roles, and contexts.
After the course, you should be equipped with skills and experience in qualitative user research, and ability to turn the insights into creative concepts, as well as with improved, articulated designerly metacognition. You have also actively participated with, and contributed to, a research project. There is a chance of a thesis topic for you coming out of this, as well!