Innovation classes (FSA 2212)


Les trois "P" de l'innovation de Kosta Peric


The Louvain School of Engineering has launching the 4th edition of the innovation classes with the support of the International Lhoist Berghmans Innovation Chair and the firm AGC Glass Europe.

The challenge of this 2017 edition was: Develop a global system to visualize the operations of a Lhoist plant for three types of users 1) those who work on site; 2) those who manage it; 3) those who surround it (residents, municipal authorities, ...) taking advantage of recent visualization technologies. This is to start the digital transformation of plant monitoring and thus allow better communication with all the implications that this may have in terms of the performance of the plant, the well-being of those who work there, and also the management of the environment.

NB: Make sure to distinguish between technological opportunities (VR, mega image etc ..), solutions to problems, and the definition of the real problems of the factory.

Course code : FSA 2212
Time: Fall semester

Why ?

To propose a different teaching method based on active learning to foster student creativity and familiarize them with the innovative approaches developed in recent years.

For Whom ?

A selection of 15 to 20 students in several disciplines including engineering, architecture and management.
EPL's students must be in their second year of master. It is preferable they chose a Master Thesis labeled "innovation classes" from the on-line Master Thesis Application, but this is not a requirement. The course is also open to exchange students.

How ?

• Start in October
• 48-hour kick-off during which students must complete a challenge (putting students in condition)
• 11 weekly workshops of 3 hours each during which students participate in theoretical sessions on innovation processes and methodologies and address a broader challenge
• Stay abroad in a "FabLab" at a partner university during Fall break (approx. one week)
• Final debriefing on solutions to the broader challenge before a jury at the end of the semester

An international network ?

• Because some of our partners have engaged in similar processes and we want to learn from each other;
• Because the multicultural aspect is almost as essential as the multidisciplinary one to innovate and meet challenges;
• The list of partners is managed by the professors responsible for the course, the idea being to establish privileged relationships with institutions that have adopted a similar educational approach.

Which outputs from the students ?

In addition to the tasks related to solving the challenges, the students will :
• Prepare a briefing to be presented to international partners outlining the tasks they wish to achieve during their stay;
• During this stay of approximately one week, students may either work on the classes' challenge, on a matter related to their Master Thesis, or revisit an innovation methodology with a partner. The three are not mutually exclusive;
• Prepare a debriefing of their stay in the form of a 3-minute video;
• Pitching on solutions found to the broader challenge before the jury at the end of the semester.

When and Where ?

Prototyping area in the Stévin building every Monday from 6:15 pm to 9:15 pm. Agenda of the 2017 edition.

Videos on the course!

In a nutshell (2'15-minute video), this is how it goes !

A kick-off, this is how it goes !

Final pitches before the jury !

Further information and registration

By clicking here !