Harrison Kim from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Presented a Seminar in UConn’s UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering

Harrison Kim presenting his seminar

Professor Harrison Kim from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presented a seminar on March 8, 2016 on the topic of “Complex Systems Analytics: a Promising Enabler for Sustainable Design and Manufacturing.” Designing large-scale, complex systems has been a challenging task, particularly in the predictive context of life cycle. Key challenges arise in various stages of system’s life cycle – pre-life, usage life, and end-of-life – where massive-scale data is generated and captured from complex systems design, operations, and disposal. Green Profit Design – a new term coined by Kim’s team – shows that there is a strong link between sustainable product design, user generated contents in the social network service, and corporate profit generation. Green Profit Design has been shown to be successful in designing optimal, sustainable product portfolio by use of engineering design optimization and knowledge discovery for user preference capture. In this presentation, Professor Kim presented a summary of the recent findings that there exists an optimal design and remanufacturing threshold for maximum benefit of profit and environmental impact savings. The projects are sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Deere and Co. – green, sustainable design and recovery; sustainable product family design and recovery; trend mining design for product portfolio optimization.