We collaborate to carry out unique projects. Under MATI Montréal, research professors and other professionals from Polytechnique Montréal, the Université de Montréal and HEC Montréal are brought together in one location where multidisciplinary work can be supported.
We collaborate to offer leading-edge training in collaborative work to students and industry professionals. Over 200 students have received this training and have been in high demand on the labour market since 2006.
We collaborate to show companies the value of adopting a multidisciplinary approach when carrying out projects. We use this approach to solve genuine, complex issues with industry.
We collaborate to make multidisciplinary work more effective by developing computer-based tools and relying on our analytical expertise and the results obtained by our research team.
Companies today strive to make a name for themselves by offering products and services that stand out in an increasingly international marketplace. Innovation concerns not only companies but also governments and higher education institutions. On a daily basis, innovation is the result of a simultaneous process involving both design and basic research. The ideation process, which uses a variety of methods, is paired with thorough research to inspire the formation of ideas and generate the design project. The more complex the design issue, the more opportunity there is for innovation, because it does not simply involve researching one specific component, but instead requires a combination of solutions involving systems, services, experiences and/or products. This is carried out in increasingly multidisciplinary teams that are often in different locations. Many well-respected company leaders have identified collaborative design as the industry’s most important challenge in the coming years. Beyond the technical aspects, high-performance teams must be able to rely on complementary expertise (engineers, designers, managers, etc.) to identify innovative solutions while addressing issues involving fields of study, language, culture, time differences and physical distances, all of which generate economic and environmental costs.
In recent years, students have had the opportunity to register for a project-based course entitled “Projet de prototypage virtuel” [virtual prototyping project]. The project team is made up of students from the three institutions that address product development: Polytechnique Montréal, the Université de Montréal’s School of Industrial Design (ÉDIN) and HEC Montréal. The students work together to design and develop a product for an industrial client. Over the years, the course has become a true laboratory and it became clear that the students were lacking certain skills required to carry out this type of project more successfully. This led to many research questions and publications regarding how best to teach this type of skill and, particularly, the challenges and obstacles involved in all collaborative design projects, whether academic or industrial. The industry’s response to this type of project has been very positive, which has given the school the freedom to choose the most interesting projects among those available.