Katja Hölttä-Otto

20022020

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Personal profile

Artistic and research interests

Prof. Hölttä-Otto is an expert on product development methods. Her current research areas include empathy, user centered design, creativity and need finding. She is interested in how empathy and creativity can be developed and learned and also how creativity evolves during engineering education. She is also interested in novel methods for finding latent needs, needs not expressed by the user. She is also active in the area of systems engineering and does research in complex system architecture.

Prof. Hölttä-Otto teaches product development methods including design thinking. She is in charge of the ME310 Global Innovation Program at Aalto University: http://me310.aalto.fi/, which is part of the global SUGAR network on global interdisciplinary design thinking (http://sugar-network.org/).

Prof. Hölttä-Otto is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award and has won nine best paper awards or similar distinctions. She is an associate editor for the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design and an active member of the ASME Design Theory and Methodology community.

External positions

Associate Professor (tenured), Engineering Product Development, Singapore University of Technology and Design

20122015

Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

20122013

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

20052012

Keywords

  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Empathic design
  • Engineering pedagogy
  • User involvement
  • User-centered design
  • System Engineering
  • Product development
  • Mechanical Design

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Research Output

Empathic accuracy in design: Exploring design outcomes through empathic performance and physiology

Chang-Arana, A. M., Piispanen, M., Himberg, T., Surma-aho, A., Alho, J., Sams, M. & Holtta-Otto, K., 2020, In : Design Science. 6, 34 p., 16.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Incorporating Field Effects into Functional Product-System Architecting Methods

Otto, K., Hölttä-Otto, K., Sanaei, R. & Wood, K. L., 1 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME. 142, 4, 041402.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • A Decision Tree Based Methodology for Evaluating Creativity in Engineering Design

    Kershaw, T. C., Bhowmick, S., Seepersad, C. C. & Holtta-Otto, K., 25 Jan 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, JAN, 19 p., 32.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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    1 Citation (Scopus)
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    An extreme user approach to identify latent needs: Adaptation and application in medical device design

    Raviselvam, S., Subburaj, K., Wood, K. L. & Hölttä-Otto, K., 25 Nov 2019, 31st International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology. American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

  • Antecedents and outcomes of designer empathy: A retrospective interview study

    Surma-aho, A., Chen, C., Hölttä-Otto, K. & Yang, M., 25 Nov 2019, 31st International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology. American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

  • Projects

    DSM conference: DSM conference

    Hölttä-Otto, K.

    01/08/201731/12/2017

    Project: Conferences and seminars

    TESTBED

    Hölttä-Otto, K. & Surma-aho, A.

    01/08/201730/09/2018

    Project: Other external funding: Other public funding

    Suomen Akatemian rahoituspäätös - yliopistojen profiloitumisen vahvistaminen kilpaillulla rahoituksella

    Hölttä-Otto, K. & Mäkelä, K.

    01/08/201531/08/2019

    Project: Academy of Finland: Competitive funding to strengthen university research profiles

    Prizes

    ASME Journal of Mechanical Design (JMD) “Associate Editor Award”

    Katja Hölttä-Otto (Recipient), 20 Dec 2018

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

    Best Paper Award

    Katja Hölttä-Otto (Recipient) & Saurabh Deo (Recipient), 16 Dec 2017

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • Best Paper Award, ASEE 2010, Louisville, KY

    Matthew G. Green (Recipient), Carolyn Conner Seepersad (Recipient) & Katja Hölttä-Otto (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • Best Paper Award, ASEE 2010, Louisville, KY

    Nicole E. Genco (Recipient), Katja Hölttä-Otto (Recipient) & Carolyn Conner Seepersad (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • Best Paper Award, ASME design engineering technical conferences DETC, Design Theory and Methodology (DTM), Philadelphia

    Pia Hannukainen (Recipient) & Katja Hölttä-Otto (Recipient), 2006

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • Activities

    Innovation by Design - Interdisciplinary research on empathy and creativity

    Katja Hölttä-Otto (Speaker)
    Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic or invited talk

    Pre-examiner of a Doctoral Thesis

    Katja Hölttä-Otto (Examiner)
    19 Jun 2020

    Activity: Examination typesPre-examination of dissertation or acting as opponent to doctoral students

    Journal of Mechanical Design (Journal)

    Katja Hölttä-Otto (Guest editor)
    2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesMembership of an editorial board

    7 Experiences – Aalto Experience Summit to endorse Experience Research as a multidisciplinary research field

    Katja Hölttä-Otto (Chair), Johanna Moisander (Chair)
    1 Sep 20202 Sep 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganization of a workshop, panel, session or tutorial

    Fundamentals of Empathy and Creativity

    Katja Hölttä-Otto (Speaker)
    Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic or invited talk