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Jianxi Luo

Assistant Professor

Website: http://ddi.sutd.edu.sg
Research Areas:
Infocomm Applications,Design Science,Human-Machine Interfaces, Robotics, Automation & Control,Mechanical Engineering,Rapid Prototyping,Computer Vision

Pillar / Cluster: Engineering Product Development


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • PhD (Engineering Systems, 2010); SM (Technology & Policy, 2006)
  • Tsinghua University
    • MS (Automotive Engineering, 2004); BE (Energy and Power Engineering, 2001)

Research Topics

  • ML & AI for Engineering Design Innovation
  • ML & AI for Entrepreneurship

Teaching Topics

         My latest views on Entrepreneurship education

  • Entrepreneurship (Undergrad, SUTD) >> www.tech-entrepreneurship.com
  • Entrepreneurship (Undergrad, NYU)
  • Entrepreneurship (Graduate, NYU)
  • Introduction to Design (Undergrad, SUTD)
  • Modeling a Systems World (Undergrad, SUTD)
  • High-Tech Entrepreneurship (Executive, NYU)
  • Managing Technological Change and Innovation (Graduate, NYU)

Awards & Honors

  • Caterpillar-INFORMS Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, INFORMS Analytics Conference, Austin, TX, 2019
  • Best Paper Award Nomination, Hawaii International Conference on System Science (HICSS), Hawaii, HI, 2019
  • SUTD Award – Excellence in Research, 2018
  • SG Good Design Mark, Singapore Design Business Chamber, 2017
  • Finalist, Richard R. Nelson Prize, 2016
  • Best Paper Award, Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Sydney, Australia, 2016
  • Best Poster Award, International Conference on Complex Systems, Phoenix, AZ, 2015
  • “Reviewers’ Favourite” Paper Award, International Conference on Engineering Design, Milan, Italy, 2015
  • “Reviewers’ Favourite” Paper Award, International Conference on Engineering Design, Seoul, Korea, 2013
  • Editor’s Choice“, Industrial and Corporate Change, 2012
  • 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
  • SUTD-ZJU Collaboration Grant
  • SUTD Pedagogy Innovation Grant
  • National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (USA)
  • International Motor Vehicle Program (USA)

Research Group Members

  • Bowen Yan, Postdoc Fellow (PhD in Computer Science, University of Bristol, UK)
  • Serhad Sarica, PhD Student (B.S. and M.S. in EE, Middle East Technical University, Turkey)
  • Bingyang Song, PhD Student (B.S. and M.S. in Automotive Eng., Tsinghua University, China)
  • Yuejun He, PhD Student (B.S. in Information & Communication Eng., Zhejiang University, China)
  • Lakshmi Siddharth, Researcher (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Rapor)

         Group Alumni

  • Jeffrey Alstott, Program Manager at Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), US Government
  • Srinivasan Venkataraman, Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
  • Giorgio Triulzi, Assistant Professor at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Chaoyang Song, Assistant Professor at Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
  • Izabela Witoszko, Product Manager, Microsoft, San Francisco, USA
  • Bangqi Yin, Founder and CEO of RiseWinter Technology Pte. Ltd.

Selected Publications

  1. Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (In Press) Multicores-Periphery Structure in Networks. Network Science >>
  2. Jianxi Luo, Daniel Whitney (In Press) The Hierarchy-Niche Model for Supply Networks. Production & Operations Management >>
  3. Binyang Song, Giorgio Triulzi, Bowen Yan, Jeffrey Alstott, Jianxi Luo (In Press) Overlay Technology Space Map for Analyzing Design Knowledge Base of a Technology Domain: The Case of Hybrid Electric Vehicles. Research in Engineering Design >>
  4. Serhad Sarica, Jianxi Luo (In Press) An Infinite Regress Model of Design Change Propagation in Complex Systems. IEEE Systems Journal >>
  5. Binyang Song, Jianxi Luo, Kristin Wood (In Press) Data-Driven Platform Design: Patent Data and Function Network Analysis. Journal of Mechanical Design, 141(2), 021101 >>
  6. Jianxi Luo (2018) Architecture and Evolvability of Innovation Ecosystems. Technology Forecasting and Social Change 136, 132-144 >>
  7. Jianxi Luo, Binyang Song, Lucienne Blessing, Kristin Wood (2018) Design Opportunity Conception Using Technology Space Map. Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, 32(4): 449-461 >>
  8. Bangqi Yin, Jianxi Luo (2018) How Do Accelerators Select Startups? Shifting Decision Criteria Across Stages. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 65(4), 574-589 >>
  9. Srinivasan Venkataraman, Binyang Song, Jianxi Luo, Karupppasamy Subburaj, Mohan Rajesh Elara, Lucienne Blessing, Kristin Wood (2018) Does Analogical Distance Affect Performance of Ideation. Journal of Mechanical Design, 140(7): 071101 >>
  10. Katja Hölttä-Otto, Kevin Otto, Chaoyang Song, Jianxi Luo, Timothy Li, Carolyn Seepersad, Warren Seering (2018) The Characteristics of Innovative Mechanical Products – 10 Years Later. Journal of Mechanical Design,140(8): 084501 >>
  11. Jianxi Luo, Giorgio Triulzi (2018) Cyclic Dependence, Vertical Integration, and Innovation: The Case of Japanese Electronics Sector in the 1990s. Technology Forecasting and Social Change, 132, 46-55 >>
  12. Jianxi Luo (2018) System-of-Systems Innovation: Proactive Methods for Conception and Strategies for Implementation. Journal of Enterprise Transformation >>
  13. Margaret Dalziel, Xiangyang Yang, Simon Breslav, Azam Khan, Jianxi Luo (2018) Can we design an industry classification system that reflects industry architecture. Journal of Enterprise Transformation >>
  14. Marakkalage, H., B. P. L. Lau, S. Sarica, S. K. Viswanath, T. Balasubramaniam, B. Yuen, Jianxi Luo, R. Nayak, C. Yuen (In Press) Understanding the Lifestyle of Older Population in Singapore: Mobile Crowdsensing Approach. IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems >>
  15. Binyang Song, Srinivasan Venkataraman, Jianxi Luo (2017) Patent Stimuli Search and its Influence on Ideation Outcomes. Design Science, 3, e25 >>
  16. Yuejun He, Jianxi Luo (2017) The Novelty “Sweet Spot” of Invention. Design Science, 3, e21 >>
  17. Jeffrey Alstott, Giorgio Triulzi, Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (2017) Inventors’ Explorations Across Technology Domains. Design Science, 3, e20 >>
  18. Jianxi Luo, Bowen Yan, Kristin Wood (2017) InnoGPS for Data-Driven Exploration of Design Opportunities and Directions: the Case of Google Driverless Car Project. Journal of Mechanical Design, 139(11), 111416 >>
  19. Binyang Song, Jianxi Luo (2017) Mining Patent Precedents for Data-driven Design: The Case of Spherical Rolling Robots. Journal of Mechanical Design, 139(11), 111420 >>
  20. Jianxi Luo, Kristin Wood (2017) The Growing Complexity in Invention Process. Research in Engineering Design, 28(4), 421-435 >>
  21. Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (2017) Filtering Patent Maps for Visualization of Diversification Paths of Inventors and Organizations. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68(6), 1551–1563 >>
  22. Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (2017) Measuring Technological Distance for Patent Mapping. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68(2), 423–437 >>
  23. Jeffrey Alstott, Giorgio Triulzi, Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo (2017) Mapping Technology Space by Normalizing Technology Relatedness Networks. Scientometrics, 110(1), 443-479 >>
  24. Jianxi Luo (2015) The United Innovation Process: Integrating Science, Design and Entrepreneurship as Sub-Processes, Design Science, 1, e2 >>
  25. Jeffrey Funk, Jianxi Luo (2015) Vertical disintegration and entrepreneurial opportunities: how vertically specialised firms entered the U.S. semiconductor industry, Technovation, 45/46, 52-62  >>
  26. Jianxi Luo (2015) A simulation-based method to evaluate the impact of product architecture on product evolvability. Research in Engineering Design, 26: 355–371 >>
  27. Jianxi Luo, Alison L. Olechowski, Christopher L. Magee (2014) Technology-based design and sustainable economic growth. Technovation, 34(11), 663-677 >>
  28. Jianxi Luo (2014) Loops and autonomy promote evolvability of ecosystem networks. Scientific Reports, 4: 6440 >>
  29. Jianxi Luo (2013) Power-of-pull of economic sectors: A complex network analysis. Complexity, 18(5), 37–47 >>
  30. 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.
  31. 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 >>
  32. Jianxi Luo and Christopher L. Magee (2011) Detecting evolving patterns of self-organizing networks by flow hierarchy measurement. Complexity, 16(6), 53-61. >>
  33. Matthias Holweg, Jianxi Luo, Nick Oliver (2009) The past, present and future of China’s automotive industry: A value chain perspective. Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 2(1/2), 76-118.
  34. James Winebrake, Sandra Rothenberg, Jianxi Luo, Erin Green (2008) Automotive transportation in China: Technology, policy, market dynamics, and sustainability. Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 2(4), 213-233.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. Jianxi Luo, Yangjun Zhang (2004) Influences of thermostat on engine thermal system transient performance, Journal of Tsinghua Science and Technology, 44(5), 701~704.
  38. Jianxi Luo, Yangjun Zhang, Baoning Zhang (2003) Numerical simulation of separated flow via 2d hybrid grid technique, Power Engineering, 23(1): 2240~2244.
  39. Jianxi Luo, Zhangsong Zhan, Yangjun Zhang (2003) Numerical investigation on complex flow field under vehicle, Automotive Engineering, 25(4), 330~334
  40. Jianxi Luo, Yangjun Zhang, Shangrong Tu (2003) Thermal management system design for fuel cell engine experiments, Vehicle Engine, 2003(4), 32~34.
  41. 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 was born in Chongqing, China, and holds degrees in mechanical engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing and engineering systems from MIT in Cambridge, MA. He is currently assistant professor of engineering product development at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), where he leads the Data-Driven Innovation Lab. He is also associate director of the SUTD Technology Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP). Prof. Luo has a strong passion for design, innovation and entrepreneurship in research, teaching and practice. His research applies system theories and network analysis methods to designing products, processes and ecosystems for better chances of innovation. Recent research focuses on developing scientific principles and a data-driven decision support system for concept generation and direction-finding for innovation. He teaches courses on “entrepreneurship”, “innovation”, 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 Tandon School of Engineering of New York University, a visiting scholar at Columbia University in NYC and the University of Cambridge in UK. He is a chair emeritus of the Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Section of INFORMS.

InnoGPS: GPS for Innovation


Postdoc Opening

I am admitting postdoctoral research fellows in the following areas:
- Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
- Network Science, Graph Theory, Complex Systems
- Studies of Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship
If interested, please send me your vitae.

PhD Opening

I am admitting PhD students with the following backgrounds, experiences, interests:
- Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design and Innovation
- Computer-aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Engineering (CEA)
- Technology Entrepreneurship
If interested, please send me your vitae.