New Collaborations on the Horizon for designCORE and MIRA


New Collaborations on the Horizon for designCORE and MIRAdesignCORE at Institute of Technology Carlow last week hosted a visit by Professor Qiyin Fang, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Biophotonics of the Department of Engineering Physics at McMaster University, Canada.

A member of McMaster Institute for Research in Ageing (MIRA) and the lead of the ‘McMaster Smart Home for Ageing’ research living lab, Professor Fang’s visit served to further develop postgraduate research and undergraduate projects in line with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by McMaster University and designCORE in 2018.

Since 2016, designCORE and MIRA have been working closely together, utilising design approaches within interdisciplinary teams across six faculties at McMaster University. Dr. P.J White of designCORE and IT Carlow, commented on the collaboration, “Design is being interpreted and implemented in various ways both nationally and internationally. The recent visit to designCORE by Professor Fang builds upon work initiated by my colleague, Colin Deevy and I at McMaster in 2016. It underpins our shared conviction that if design is to successfully address intractably complex problems, it can only be achieved through interdisciplinary engagement and an evidence-based, design-led approach’

During his visit, Professor Fang enjoyed a tour of the designCORE lab, the Institute’s undergraduate facilities and the ‘Future Studio’, the new enterprise space at the Enterprise and Research Incubation Campus, located on the grounds of IT Carlow.

Professor Fang met with the President of Institute of Technology Carlow, Dr. Patricia Mulcahy to discuss the growing relationship between both institutes, and with members of designCORE and engCORE to discuss opportunities for research and teaching, including a discussion on the ‘McMaster Smart Home for Ageing’ and the development of a new module in ‘Design within Health Sciences’ at McMaster University.

Photo: back row (l-r): Dr. David Ryan; Dr. Brian Casey and Colin Deevy. Front (l-r): Prof. Qiyin Fang of McMaster University; Dr. P.J. White, designCORE; Dr Patricia Mulcahy, President of IT Carlow.