PhD Student Recruiting
SUTD PhD Program
I am admitting PhD students in the following areas:
- Systems Engineering
- New Product Development
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Big Data Analytics for Design and Innovation
- Creativity Studies
Feel free to contact me.
Postdoc Openning
MIT-SUTD Postdoc Fellow Program
I am admitting postdoctoral research fellows in the following areas:
- Engineering Design and Creativity
- Big Data Analytics for Design and Innovation
- Network Analysis
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Systems Engineering
- New Product Development
If interested, please send me your vitae.
Idea Sea
My Songs

Jianxi Luo

Assistant Professor

Email: yhb@fhgq.rqh.ft

Website: http://epd.sutd.edu.sg/faculty/luo/

Research Interests:

Design Science

Pillar / Cluster

Engineering Product Development , Engineering Systems and Design (Affiliated)


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • PhD (Engineering Systems); SM (Technology & Policy)
  • Tsinghua University 
    • MS (Automotive Engineering); BE (Thermal Engineering)

Research Topics

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Product and System Design
  • Data-Driven Design
  • Systems Engineering
  • Network Analysis and Visualization

Teaching Topics

  • Entrepreneurship (Undergrad, SUTD)
  • Entrepreneurship (Undergrad, NYU) –>>
  • Entrepreneurship (Graduate, NYU) –>>
  • High-Tech Entrepreneurship (Executive, NYU) –>>
  • Managing Technological Change and Innovation (Graduate, NYU)
  • Introduction to Design (Undergrad, SUTD) –>>
  • Modelling a Systems World (Undergrad, SUTD)


  • Editor’s Choice“, Industrial and Corporate Change
  • “Reviewers’ Favourite” Paper Award, 19th International Conference on Engineering Design, 2013
  • Best Dissertation Award, Runner-Up, INFORMS Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Section, 2011
  • Best Paper Award, 2nd Place, Annual Conference of Chinese Scholars Association in Management Science & Engineering, 2010
  • Alfred A.H. Keil Fellowship for Wiser Uses of Science and Technology, 2004
  • China International Marine Containers (Group) Scholarship, 2003
  • Mercedes-Benz Scholarship, 2002


  • Ministry of Education (Singapore) Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 2
  • SUTD-MIT International Design Centre
  • National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (USA) – Completed
  • International Motor Vehicle Program (USA) – Completed

Research Group Members

  • Dr. Jeff Alstott, Postdoc Research Fellow (PhD in Network Analysis, University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Dr. Bowen Yan, Postdoc Research Fellow (PhD in Computer Science, University of Bristol, UK)
  • Dr. Giorgio Triulzi, Postdoc Research Fellow (Ph.D. in Innovation Economics, University of Maastricht, Netherland)
  • Bingyang Song, PhD Student (B.S. and M.S. in Automotive Engineering, Tsinghua University)
  • Yuejun He, PhD Student (B.S. in Information & Communication Engineering, Zhejiang University)
  • Bangqi Yin, Masters Student (Masters of Engineering, MIT; B.S. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, NTU)

Working Papers

  • “Mapping of technology domains”, with Giorgio Triulzi, Bowen Yan and Jeff Alstott, working paper
  • “Aiding inventors’ explorations with technology maps”, with Jeff Alstott, working paper
  • “Relatedness measures for technology network maps”, with Bowen Yan, working paper
  • “Filtering technology networks for predicting technology diversification of inventors and organizations”, with Bowen Yan, working paper
  • “Critical factors in successful crowdfunding for product innovation”, with Chaoyang Song, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Kevin Otto and Warren Seering, revision and resubmission
  • “Product innovation differences between new ventures and incumbent firms”, with Chaoyang Song, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Kevin Otto and Warren Seering, revision and resubmission
  • “A simulation-based method to evaluate the impact of product architecture on product evolvability”, invited to revise and resubmit
  • “The growing complexity in the invention process: implications from patent analysis to design processes”, with Bowen Yan and Kristin Wood, invited to revise and resubmit
  • “Before an ecosystem’s big bang: exploring the origins of the first root firm”, with Wei Zhang and Steven White, revision and resubmission
  • “The architecture and evolvability of innovation ecosystems: implications to firm boundary choices”, under review
  • “Use a systems lens to visualise the architecture of the economy”, with Margret Dalziel, Xiangyang Yang, Simon Brestiav and Azam Khan, under review
  • “Shape of the performance vs. time curve for new technologies”, Jeffrey Funk and Gerard Tellis, working paper
  • “Cyclic dependence, vertical integration, and innovation”, with Giorgio Triulzi, working paper
  • “A model of production networks”, working paper

Selected Publications

  • Jianxi Luo. Network structure and evolvability of innovation ecosystems. DRUID 2014. [Read]
  • Wei Zhang, Jianxi Luo, Steven White. Global entrepreneurship and the origin of an ecosystem root firm: The case of China’s solar photovoltaic industry. DRUID 2014. [Read]
  • Jeffrey Funk, Jianxi Luo. 2015. “Vertical disintegration and entrepreneurial opportunities: how vertically specialised firms entered the U.S. semiconductor industry”, Technovaiton, minor revision
  • Jianxi Luo. 2014. Loops and autonomy promote evolvability of ecosystem networks. Scientific Reports, 4: 6440. [Read].
  • Daniel E. Whitney, Jianxi Luo, Daniel A. Heller. 2014. The benefits and constraints of temporary sourcing diversification in supply chain disruption and recovery. Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, 20(4), 238-250. [Read]
  • Jianxi Luo, Alison L. Olechowski, Christopher L. Magee. 2014. Technology-based design and sustainable economic growth. Technovation, 34(11), 663-677. [Read]
  • Victor Tang, Jianxi Luo. 2013. Idea matrix and creativity operators. Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Engineering Design. [abstract]
  • Katja Hölttä-Otto, Kevin Otto, Jianxi Luo. 2013. Innovation differences between new ventures and incumbent firms. Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Engineering Design. Reviewer’s Favorite Award[Read]
  • Jianxi Luo. 2013. Which industries to bail out first in economic recession? Ranking U.S. industrial sectors by the Power-of-Pull. Economic Systems Research. 25(2), 157-169. [Read]
  • Jianxi Luo. 2013. Power-of-pull of economic sectors: A complex network analysis. Complexity, 18(5), 37–47.
  • Jianxi Luo, Carliss Y. Baldwin, Daniel E. Whitney, Christopher L. Magee. 2012. The architecture of transaction networks: A comparative analysis of hierarchy in two sectors. Industrial and Corporate Change. 21(6), 1307-1335. Editor’s Choice[Read]
  • Jianxi Luo and Christopher L. Magee. 2011. Detecting evolving patterns of self-organizing networks by flow hierarchy measurement. Complexity, 16(6), 53-61. [Read]
  • “Hierarchy in Industry Architecture: Transaction Strategy Under Technological Constraints,” Doctoral Dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010. INFORMS TIMES Best Dissertation Award Runner-Up [Read]
  • Matthias Holweg, Jianxi Luo, Nick Oliver. 2009. The past, present and future of China’s automotive industry: A value chain perspective. International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 2(1/2), 76-118.
  • James Winebrake, Sandra Rothenberg, Jianxi Luo, Erin Green. 2008. Automotive transportation in China: Technology, policy, market dynamics, and sustainability. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 2(4), 213-233.
  • Yangjun Zhang, Minggao Ouyang, Qingchun Lu, Jianxi Luo, Xihao Li. 2004. A model predicting performance of proton exchange membrane fuel cell stack thermal systems, Applied Thermal Engineering, 24(4), 501~513.
  • Yangjun Zhang, Minggao Ouyang, Jianxi Luo, Zhao Zhang, Yongjun Wang. 2003. Mathematical modeling of vehicle fuel cell power system thermal management. SAE Technical Paper 2003-01-1146, doi:10.4271/2003-01-114.
  • Jianxi Luo, Yangjun Zhang. 2004. Influences of thermostat on engine thermal system transient performance, Journal of Tsinghua Science and Technology, 44(5), 701~704.
  • Jianxi Luo, Yangjun Zhang, Baoning Zhang. 2003. Numerical simulation of separated flow via 2d hybrid grid technique, Power Engineering, 23(1): 2240~2244.
  • Jianxi Luo, Zhangsong Zhan, Yangjun Zhang. 2003. Numerical investigation on complex flow field under vehicle, Automotive Engineering, 25(4), 330~334
  • Jianxi Luo, Yangjun Zhang, Shangrong Tu. 2003. Thermal management system design for fuel cell engine experiments, Vehicle Engine, 2003(4), 32~34.
  • Baoning Zhang, Yangjun Zhang, Qingguo Meng, Jianxi Luo. 2002. Criterion of three-dimensional flow separation with rotation effects, Journal of Tsinghua Science and Technology, 42(2), 254~257.

Short Bio

  • Jianxi Luo is an assistant professor in the Engineering Product Development (EPD) Pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Prof. Luo has a strong passion for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in research, teaching and practice. His research applies system theories and methods to designing products, processes and ecosystems for better chances of innovation. Recent work involves mining “big data” and network analysis to guide the design and innovation processes. He teaches courses on “entrepreneurship”, “innovation management”, and “design”, to undergraduate, graduate and executive students from diverse backgrounds. In practice, he was a (co-)founder of several start-ups in the United States. Prior to joining SUTD, he was a faculty member at the school of engineering of New York University. He is currently vice chair of the Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Section of INFORMS.

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