Skip to content
Peter Törlind
Peter Törlind

Peter Törlind

Associate Professor
Luleå University of Technology
Product Innovation
Humans and Technology
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts
+46 (0)920 492412
A3540 Luleå

Associate Professor inProduct Innovation


Peter graduated with a master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1996 from Luleå University of Technology, later joining the Polhem Laboratory for research in distributed engineering. He received his doctorate in 2002 with the dissertation "Distributed Engineering - tools and methods for distributed product development".

He is now an assistant professor in the research subject Product Innovation. Peter teaches several courses in both undergraduate and advanced level. And passionate about pedagogy in education. His core competencies are theme-based innovation, creativity, collaboration, distributed engineering, global product development, and physical environments for creative meeting. Peter has written about 50 publications in this area.

Peter is also a collaboration founder of Alkit Communications, a spin-off company from Luleå University of Technology that develops applications for communication and testing.

Large organizations, such as the aerospace and automotive industries, have, for reasons of competence, among other things, placed component design and manufacturing in various locations. Larger companies also have a tendency to increasingly outsource the design and manufacture of components and subsystems to subcontractors and partners. This is becoming more common as the products become more and more complex and you increasingly need specialist skills that are often not available within your own company. These partners are often located in different places. To simplify communication between the cross-functional groups, you should use systems where you can quickly and easily visualize ideas and concepts so that everyone understands, can participate and give opinions.

By using these systems, design teams can utilize the common potential that exists in the team in the best way and think together instead of dividing the work.


Has previously supervised the following doctoral students:

  • Christo Dordlofva, PhD 2020
  • Anna Karlsson, PhD 2014
  • Jörgen Nordmark, PhD, 2014
  • Mikael Nybacka, PhD, 2009
  • Mattias Bergström, PhD, 2009

Supervisor now:

  • Didunoluwa Obilanade, Planned Lic 2022.
  • Erika Lind, Planned Lic 2021


Examiner for the following courses:

  • M7016T - Creative Concept Development
  • M0027T– IDEA Developers
  • A0013A - Product and production design
  • D0017A - Product visualization
  • D0045A - Design: project and specialization
  • D7011A - Advanced model building

Also teaches the following courses

  • D7014A - Degree Project in Technical Design, Product Design, M.Sc.
  • D0050A - Degree project in technical design, product design, university engineer
  • O7008N - Advanced project management
  • D0031A - User interface: design and technology


Has published the following textbooks:

  • Åsa Wikberg-Nilsson, Åsa Ericson & Peter Törlind. (2015) Design: process and method, ISBN: 9789144108858. Student literature. Used today by 7 universities in more than 10 different courses.
  • Bergström, M., Ericson, Å., Törlind, P., Larsson, A., 2011, 4I4I - Four I: s For Innovation, Second edition. Division of Functional Products, Luleå. ISBN: 978-91-7439-148-0.


  • 2004 CONEX scholarship recipient and recipient of SEK 25,000 for his efforts in computer-aided product development.
  • Developed a separation system for Sweden's first nanosatellite (Munin), sold the technical solution to Saab Ericson Space.


Article in journal

Identifying subassemblies and understanding their functions during a design review in immersive and non-immersive virtual environments (2021)

Lukačević. F, Škec. S, Törlind. P, Štorga. M
Frontiers of Engineering Management, Vol. 8, nr. 3, s. 412-428
Conference paper

Strategic development of personal and interpersonal skills (2021)

Törlind. P, Eklöf. L
Part of: Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2021), Continuity and Adaptability in Design and Engineering Education, 2021, 39
Conference paper

Surface Roughness Considerations in Design for Additive Manufacturing - A Literature Review (2021)

Obilanade. D, Dordlofva. C, Törlind. P
Part of: 23rd International Conference on Engineering Design, Gothenburg, August 16-20, 2021., 2021, 453
Conference paper

Implementation of integrated learning experiences and active learning in a creative concept development course (2020)

Törlind. P
Part of: Bidrag från 7:e utvecklingskonferensen för Sveriges ingenjörsutbildningar, s. 115-121, Luleå tekniska universitet, 2020
Conference paper

Implementation of workbooks as an active learning tool for Industrial Design Engineering (2020)

Wikberg Nilsson. Å, Törlind. P
Part of: Bidrag från 7:e utvecklingskonferensen för Sveriges ingenjörsutbildningar, s. 161-163, Luleå tekniska universitet, 2020
Conference paper

Contrasting Divergent and Convergent Thinking by Electroencephalography and Eye Tracking (2019)

Laspia. A, Montagna. F, Törlind. P
Part of: Research into Design for a Connected World, Proceedings of ICoRD 2019 Volume 1, s. 179-188, Springer, 2019
Conference paper

Improving Written Communication (2019)

Implementation at Industrial Design Engineering
Törlind. P
Part of: The 15th International CDIO Conference, Proceedings – Full Papers, s. 323-332, Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2019
Conference paper

Design for Qualification (2018)

A Process for Developing Additive Manufacturing Components for Critical Systems
Dordlofva. C, Törlind. P
Part of: Proceedings of NordDesign: Design in the Era of Digitalization, 2018
Conference paper

Evaluating Design Heuristics for Additive Manufacturing as an Explorative Workshop Method (2018)

Lindwall. A, Törlind. P
Paper presented at : Design Conference 2018, Dubrovnik, Croatia, May, 21-24 2018