More and more electronic and “smart” things enliven the world. From the conventional computer to the ubiquitous smartphone with its thousands of apps, to refrigerators and coffee machines: Today, all these objects are increasingly networked with each other to form the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and offer many new and meaningful functions, but also some useless ones. But who determines the digital transformation of our world? Who actually decides which functions we want and which we do not? Moreover, how can we best design functions that we do want? How do these technologies contribute to the development of our society, to the success (or failure?) of a company?
The new bachelor’s course „Design of Digital Systems – IoT“ at the New Design University St. Pölten investigates questions like these. Develop and design the digital future, together with us!
(* in accreditation. planned start: October 2019)
In this unique course the NDU trains graduates who face the challenges of digitalization and take advantage of the manifold chances provided by new technologies. The course deals with the interaction between networked things, networked systems and networked actors. It is of particular importance to us to focus on the needs of users in the development of new digital systems. Whether in the development of apps or new networked devices of the Internet of Things: in the design and development of digital products, design thinking and user experience are always at the center of attention.
The course enables you to react actively and creatively to the digital transformation of our society. It therefore includes a technological focus that is extended to include design and economic expertise.
The technical courses cover aspects of computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics as well as specializations necessary for the design and implementation of IoT systems: Software applications, smart hardware components, sensor systems and embedded systems (Cyber-Physical Systems), system integration, data acquisition, modelling and analysis. A particular focus is on the wireless communication of IoT systems – a central segment of smart technologies – and the critical topic of security.
The design courses cover the essential skills needed for the development of innovations in the digital field, such as “Design Thinking” – a strategy for problem solving and increasing creativity, which is already being successfully implemented in Design and Management. Another focus is User Experience Design (UX-Design) and Interface Design – meaning the focus on users of the “Internet of Things” and researching functional, aesthetic and ergonomic interfaces between interactive systems and people. In order to ensure that technology and design as well as theory and practise are connected, the “IoT Lab” acts as an essential constant throughout the course. With this pedagogical concept, the learning outcomes are tested in small group projects and prototypical solutions for the IoT are developed each semester.
As a link between technology and design, graduates are an ideal support in industries that are particularly affected by digitalization. In addition to IT, these include industry, trade, healthcare, the automobile industry, but also education and science as well as art and culture. The activities sought range from software engineering, product and project management to IoT consulting and research engineering. Experts for digitalization processes and IoT are also needed in various positions in numerous start-ups, innovation and consulting agencies. Due to the dynamic development of technology and the pronounced shortage of skilled workers – especially people with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are urgently sought – graduates have numerous career opportunities and, with the appropriate experience, management positions throughout Europe at their disposal.
* in accredidation. planned start: October 2019