Founding Membership Opportunities for New MIT Initiative
The MIT Smart Customization Group is an MIT-Industry collaboration devoted to improving the ability of companies to efficiently customize products and services in various industries and for diverse customer groups. This industry interest group aggregates the key players in the area of mass customization and strives to become a vital community of practice in this field.
It is hosted by the MIT
Design Lab, an interdisciplinary center at MIT bridging design, architecture,
engineering, and management research. Its faculty consists of William J. Mitchell,
Marvin Minsky, Frank T Piller, Ryan Chin, as well as other members from throughout
New: The MIT Smart Customization Group website hosted by the MIT Design Laboratory: http://design.mit.edu/smartcustomization/index.htm
Objectives and benefits of the Smart Customization interest group:
Planned Events in 2007
Terms of Membership
(1) The MIT Mass Customization Interest Group is an MIT-Industry Collaboration devoted to improving the ability of comopanies to efficiently customize products and services in various industries and for diverse customer groups. This industry interest group aggregates the key players in the area of mass customization. The Lab is chaired by Professor Bill Mitchell, Director of the MIT Design Lab and the Smart Cities Group of the MIT Media Lab.
(2) Lab member companies ("members") work on their own mass customization agenda as they choose. The MIT interest group facilitates this process by interaction and exchange between members during the group meetings. There is no obligation for members to share the experiences and techniques they have developed or used with other members. Direct competitors are not invited to join the group unless affected members agree that this is acceptable.
(3) The interest group holds two or three two-day meetings per year. Group meetings shift between MIT and member sites (there is however no obligation for a member to host a meeting). At meetings held at MIT, the primary focus of presentations and discussion is on recent research on mass customization and related topics. At meetings held at member sites, the primary focus is on methods employed by those members, and discussions of recent mass customization projects that have been carried out using new concept development methodologies.
(4) For membership terms and the conditions of joining the group, please contact the Program Manager.
Program Manager and Interest Group Coordinator:
Betty Lou McClanahan
Program Manager, MIT Media Laboratory
20 Ames Street, Room E15-228
Cambridge, MA 02142-1308
Telephone: 617-253-0630. Fax: 617-258-6264. Email: bl [ at ] media.mit.edu
For more information regarding the general content of the interest group,
please contact Professor Frank Piller
617 326 3748; piller [ at ] iimcp.org