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Project Title: Design-Driven Innovation Project Outline: When an innovation is inspired by design, it transcends technology and utility. Human centred design, brings innovation by seamlessly integrating the physical object, a service, and its use into something whole. A design-driven innovation is so simple that it becomes an extension of the user, creating meaning and a new language. This area of research takes a unique look at the intersection between design and innovation, and explores the novel ways in which designers are contributing to the development of products and services from the comprehension of subtle and unspoken dynamics in socio-cultural models. The research will cover multiple sectors across different disciplines and is likely to focus on new product development, breakthrough innovation and disruptive innovation. Project Title: Designing for Sustainability/ Design for sustainable change/Circular economy / Design Thinking Project Outline: Design thinking is increasingly being used to address the biggest challenges society is currently facing: as such design can be a powerful driver for sustainable change. This research is likely to involve multiple case studies across different disciplines and in particular examine aspects of sustainability and innovation in new product development. In this research candidates are expected to approach sustainability issues and offer a radically new set of strategies to attain sustainability by challenging conventional ways of defining, designing and producing functional objects, materials and services.

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Omar Huerta is a creative leader with more than 10 years of oxperience working in the fields of Innovation, Product Design and Design Strategy.

He has helped with his work to global companies to go beyond common products and get them rediscovered through Disruptive Innovation and Design Thinking.

His work has been influential and recognized worlwide, he has given Design and Innovation lectures and workshops, and he's actively involved in initiatives to transform linear economies into circular ones by using User-centered design.


Research Expertise and Interests

  • Design Driven Innovation
  • New Product Development
  • Product Design
  • Breakthrough Innovation
  • Disruptive Innovation
  • Design for Sustainability and Manufacturability
  • Circular economy


Research Degree Supervision

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Research Expertise and Interests

  • Product Development
  • Product Design
  • New Product Development
  • Innovation
  • Disruptive Innovation
  • Breakthrough Innovation
  • Circular Economy
  • Design Driven Innovation
  • Design for Sustainability
  • Design for Manufacturability

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Research Output 2018 2020

  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 1 Article

A Design-based Approach to Enhancing Technical Drawing Skills in Design and Engineering Education using VR and AR Tools

Huerta Cardoso, O. I., Kus, A., Unver, E., Aslan, P. R., Dawood, M., Kofoglu, M. & Ivanov, V., 26 Feb 2019, VISIGRAPP 2019: Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications. Kerren, A., Hurter, C. & Braz, J. (eds.). Portugal: Science and Technology Publications, Lda., Vol. 3. p. 306-313 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Drawing (graphics)
Engineering education
Augmented reality

An Approach to Improve Technical Drawing using VR and AR Tools

Huerta Cardoso, O. I., Unver, E., Aslan, R., Kus, A. & Allen, J., 1 Nov 2019, In : Computer-Aided Design and Applications. 17, 4, p. 836-849 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Drawing (graphics)
Product Design
Engineering Design
Product design

Application of VR and AR Tools for Technical Drawing Education

Huerta Cardoso, O. I., Unver, E., Aslan, P. R., Kus, A. & Chotrov, D., 2019, Proceedings of CAD'19. p. 363-366 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
virtual reality
best practice

An evaluation of technical drawings training needs for developing new training methods

Kus, P. A., Aslan, P. R., Unver, E., Huerta Cardoso, O. I., Dimitrov, P. L., Tomov, A. P. P. & Tekin, P. Y., 24 Jun 2018, ХXVII International Scientific and Technical Conference AUTOMATION OF DISCRETE PRODUCTION ENGINEERING “ADP – 2018”: ХXVII международна научно-техническа конференция Автоматизация на Дискретното Производство“ АДП – 2018”. 224 ed. Bulgaria, Vol. 3. p. 309 - 317 8 p. (Sozopol at the Recreation base of TU Sofia; vol. 3, no. 224).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

training method
method of teaching

Activities 2014 2018

  • 6 Oral presentation
  • 2 Consultancy
  • 1 International Collaboration

Technical University of Sofia

Omar Ivan Huerta Cardoso (Visiting researcher), Ertu Unver (Visiting researcher)
7 Nov 201810 Nov 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesInternational Collaboration

Consultancy on Sustainable Materials

Omar Ivan Huerta Cardoso (Consultant)
10 Jul 201811 Jul 2018

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Design Driven Strategy

Omar Ivan Huerta Cardoso (Consultant)
11 Jun 2018

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Innovacion en Materiales para una Economia Circular

Omar Ivan Huerta Cardoso (Speaker)
20 Oct 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation