The 5th workshop on Product-Service Systems in Tokyo

Published: 31 May 2008

2008-05: The 5th workshop on Product-Service System and Service Engineering has taken place in Tokyo Japan. The workshop is organised and hosted by The University of Tokyo and Tokyo Metropolitan University.

Professor Arai, Professor Shimomura and PhD students from both universities had made a good effort to make the workshop an occasion for learning from each other and networking in an informal atmosphere. Guided by the PhD students Koiji Kimita and Tatsunori Hara the participants had the opportunity to perform first-hand and hands-on exercises of service design, based on, e.g., the development of personas, creation of a list of values and the identification of keywords

Ongoing discussions during the workshop
Ongoing discussions during the workshop

WORKSHOP

The group representing the division of Functional Product Development consisted of Tobias Larsson, Åsa Ericson and Petter Andersson. Within this community which is framed by a common research interest in Product Service Systems (PSS), researchers from several other universities participated in the Tokyo workshop; these were Linköping University, KTH Stockholm, Denmark University of Technology, University of Grenoble, Technical University Berlin and Ruhr-University of Bochum.

The Futsal teams Europe and Japan gathered
The Futsal teams Europe and Japan gathered

ORGANISATION AND FUTSAL

Besides organisational issues of the PSS community, planning of forthcoming workshops and service design exercises, another type of a physical exercise was on the agenda, namely futsal in Ochanomizu. The European team won the game, but the Japanese professor Shimomura promised to reclaim the cup during the next workshop. As usual, the planning was excellent and the entire event was fruitful.