Jianxi Luo

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Associate Professor

Website: http://ddi.sutd.edu.sg

Pillar / Cluster: Design and Artificial Intelligence, Engineering Product Development

Jianxi Luo is a tenured Associate Professor with SUTD, Director of Data-Driven Innovation Lab. and former Director of SUTD Technology Entrepreneurship Programme. Prof. Luo holds a PhD in Engineering Systems (Technology Management and Policy track) and S.M. degree in Technology Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and M.S. and B.E. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University. He had been a faculty member at New York University (2011-2012), visiting scholar at Columbia University (2011-2012) and University of Cambridge (2005). He was Chair of INFORMS Technology Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship Section (2015-2016). He is currently an Associate Editor of Design Science, Guest Editor of Technovation, and editorial board member of Research in Engineering Design, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, among other journals.

His research fuses design science, network science and artificial intelligence to push the frontiers of data-driven design and creative artificial intelligence, for more informed, inspired and creative decisions in engineering design, innovation management and technology policy. He has published >130 academic articles and given >80 invited talks at >50 universities, companies and government agencies around the world. His research received over a dozen awards from Design Society, ASME, INFORMS, Complex System Society among others. He was the recipient of SUTD “Excellence in Research” Award in 2018.


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Ph.D. (Engineering Systems); S.M. (Technology Policy)
  • Tsinghua University
    • M.S. (Mobility & Vehicle Engineering); B.E. (Energy & Power Engineering)

Editorial Service

  • Associate Editor, Design Science
  • Guest Editor, Technovation
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
  • Editorial Board Member, Research in Engineering Design
  • Editorial Board Member, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Enterprise Transformation
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management


  • Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design and Innovation
  • Engineering Knowledge Discovery and Representation
  • Design Concept Generation and Evaluation Methods
  • Creative Cognition & Computation Theory
  • System Theory, Graph Theory, Network Science
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Patent Analytics

Teaching & Service

Awards & Honors

  • Best Paper Award, International Design Engineering Technical Conferences / Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE), Anaheim, California, 2019
  • Innovative Applications in Analytics Award Finalist, Sponsored by Caterpillar, INFORMS Business Analytics Conference, Austin, Texas, 2019
  • Best Paper Award Nomination, Hawaii International Conference on System Science (HICSS), Maui, Hawaii, 2019
  • Excellence in Research Award, Singapore University of Technology & Design, 2018
  • SG Good Design Mark, Singapore Design Business Chamber, 2017
  • Richard R. Nelson Prize Finalist, 2016
  • Best Paper Award, Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Sydney, Australia, 2016
  • Best Poster Award, International Conference on Complex Systems, Phoenix, Arizona, 2015
  • “Reviewers’ Favourite” Paper Award, International Conference on Engineering Design, Milan, Italy, 2015
  • “Reviewers’ Favourite” Paper Award, International Conference on Engineering Design, Seoul, Korea, 2013
  • Editor’s Choice“, Industrial and Corporate Change, 2012
  • Best Dissertation Award (Runner-Up), INFORMS Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Section, 2011
  • Best Paper Award (2nd Place), Annual Conference of Chinese Scholars Association in Management Science & Engineering, 2010
  • Alfred A.H. Keil Fellowship for Wiser Uses of Science and Technology, 2004
  • China International Marine Containers (Group) Scholarship, 2003
  • Mercedes-Benz Scholarship, 2002

Recent Invited Talks

  • “Data-Driven Design Ideation”, International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM), September 23, 2021
  • “Data-Driven Innovation”, George Washington University, April 9, 2021
  • “Data-Driven Innovation”, Keynote Speech, 1st International Symposium on Intelligence Design (JAIST 30 Years Anniversary Event), Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, March 14, 2021
  • “Toward Creative AI for Innovation”, Enterprise Singapore Venture Building Program, January 4, 2021
  • “COVID-19 Pandemic Forecasting: The Uncertainty Challenge and Predictive Monitoring”, IEEE InTech Forum, IEEE Computer Society, December 2
  • “Data-Driven Innovation”, Keynote Speech, 13th International Workshop on Design Theory, Paris, France, January, 2020
  • “Journey to Creative Artificial Intelligence”, Invited Talk, A*STAR Artificial Intelligence Program, Singapore, January, 2020
  • “Networks: Heterogeneity, Evolvability and Innovation”, Invited Talk, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Hanoi, Vietnam, August, 2019
  • “Creative Artificial Intellignece”, Invited Talk, Centre for Brain-Inspired Computing Research, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, July, 2020
  • “Computer-Aided Ideation for Design”, Keynote Speech, 17th Annual International CAD Conference, Singapore, June, 2019
  • “Computer-Aided Ideation”, Mengshi Autonomous Vehicle Resarch Lab, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, May, 2019
  • “Data-Driven Innovation”, MIT Ideation Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, April, 2019
  • “Data-Driven Innovation”, State Key Laboratory of Automotive Safety and Energy, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, June, 2018
  • “Innovate InnoGPS to Innovate”, Keynote Speech, DSTA Innovation Day, Singapore Expo, October, 2017
  • “Data-Driven Innovation”, Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, June, 2017


Theme 1: Design & Artificial Intelligence
Theme 2: Technology Management & Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Theme 3: Complex Systems & Networks

Most Recent Publications

Guiding Data-Driven Design Ideation by Knowledge Distance
Jianxi Luo, Serhad Sarica, Kristin Wood
Knowledge-Based Systems, 218, 106873, 2021

Idea Generation with Technology Semantic Network
Serhad Sarica, Binyang Song, Jianxi Luo, Kristin Wood
Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing. Accepted for Publication, In press, 2021

Deriving Design Feature Vectors for Patent Images with Convolutional Neural Network
Shuo Jiang, Jie Hu, Jianxi Luo, Christopher L Magee
Journal of Mechanical Design, 143(6), 061405, 2021

TechNet: Technology Semantic Network
Serhad Sarica, Jianxi Luo, Kristin Wood
Expert Systems with Applications, 142, 112995, 2020

Data-Driven Intelligence on Innovation and Competition
Serhad Sarica, Bowen Yan, Jianxi Luo
Information Systems Management, 37(3), 198-212, 2020

Machine Learning Based Design Concept Evaluation
Bradley Camburn , Yuejun He , Sujithra Raviselvam , Jianxi Luo, Kristin Wood
Journal of Mechanical Design, 142(3), 031113, 2020

More on the Data-Driven Innovation Lab website

PhD Student Openings with Scholarships

I always welcome new PhD applicants. PhD Scholarship information can be found here. For interested applicants, please feel free to send me your CV and research interests via email, or submit the online quick inquiry form here. If your background, experience, skills, personal interests and career plan match with the DDI Lab, we will contact you in due course. Thanks.