From Makerspace to "Systerspace" - Building

Systems-Thinking into Design Projects of Authentic Complexity

Recorded: November 7, 2019 at 2:00pm EST

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A Systerspace is a project-based learning strategy based on system integration as opposed to conventional problem-based design and building (i.e. Makerspace). In a Systerspace, students engage in design projects framed by more challenging contemporary themes in complex system design. It shifts the design thinking away from pure intuition and creativity towards design activities and decision making for applications of authentic complexity drawn from contemporary themes such as autonomous transportation, cyber-physical systems, Industry 4.0 etc. Quanser has collaborated with a growing collection of global universities and industry to introduce a fresh perspective on modern design education. This Webinar will introduce the general approach, the target outcomes and skills inventories, case studies, and a review of the technology that supports this promising approach. A significant portion of the Quanser Systerspace work has its origins in ECEDHA within which progressive faculty provided valuable input and feedback on earlier iterations of the concept. Today, Quanser technology including its new research-oriented robotics series, is providing a ready path to increase the project sophistication of undergraduate without that still fits within the practical constraints of programs. The presenter, Dr. Tom Lee is Quanser’s Chief Education Officer and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Attend this webinar to:

  • Learn how move beyond simple maker projects to authentic experiences in complex engineering system design, in undergraduate programs.
  • Learn how to sanely introduce applications from autonomous transportation, cyberphysical systems, Industry 4.0 etc. into undergraduate programs.
  • Learn what progressive institutions are doing to better prepare their students for the age of complex connected intelligent engineering systems.
  • Learn how these emerging techniques offer ECE departments to refresh their courses and programs to strengthen the ECE dimensions in modern robotics, mechatronics, AI, and more.


Dr. Tom Lee
Chief Education Officer

Dr. Thomas Lee FCAE is Chief Education Officer at Quanser, a leading company known for advanced technologies modern engineering education, with a notable specialization in advanced robotics, mechatronics, and control. Dr. Lee’s professional career spans thirty years with significant contributions to the global discussions on topics such as mathematics, modelling and simulation, mechatronics, robotics, IoT, and design as they relate to education. Dr. Lee earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He holds a BASc and MASc in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He currently holds Adjunct appointments at the University of Waterloo, University of New Mexico, and York University. In 2019 Dr. Lee was elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.



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