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Dr. GONG Miaosen is an associate professor of School of Design at Jiangnan University, and the director of DESIS lab. His research interests are focused on Strategic Design for Sustainability, Design for Social Innovation, and Cultural Tracing and Creation. As one of founding members of DESIS network, he has engaged into Design for Social Innovation for long since his PhD study with Prof. Ezio Manzini. In recent years, he has great interest in discovering sustainable values and wisdom of orthodoxy traditional culture in Pre-Qin Classics of China.
In last ten years, Miaosen has actively participated in building of new forums, platforms and organizations to promote the new design culture and design education with leadership and wide social impacts. He is a member of International Coordination Committee of DESIS network and co-coordinator of DESIS-China. He is one of founders of China Design Research PhD Colloquium and China Service Design Education Forum. He was a key member of academic team for Jiangnan University Redesign Design Education conferences (2012-16), the Chairs of annal international DESIS symposium (2010-22), and a member of expert committee of China Academy of Engineering major project Innovation Design Development Strategy (2013-16). Now he is also a guest researcher of The Hong Kong Chinese University Shenzhen (2019-).
Miaosen has rich industrial collaboration focusing on key competitiveness building by design innovation including industrial design, interaction design, service design and strategic design. He also incubated Keyihui Social Design Lab, a leading social enterprise for empowering the peoples with intellectual disabilities since 2012.
He did his PhD study in design at Politecnico di Milano, jointed with MIT. Before that, he studied in Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Wuxi University of Light Industry and Politecnico di Milano for his BEng, MA, and MDS.