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Research Interests

Major research interests

My over-riding research interests include the following: 

  • User Experience Research
  • User-centred Design of Products and Services
  • Product/Service Innovation, including the development of research methodologies for examination of interaction with innovative technologies and products
  • Human factors and collaboration in design
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Personal profile

Dr. Sun is a Professor in Product Design and Manufacture at University of Nottingham Ningbo China. She is a Chartered Technological Product Designer of the Institute of Engineering Designers (iED, UK). She obtained her Doctorate degrees from Loughborough University and Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Leicester University and University of Nottingham. Her research in ‘Human-Centred Design’ has produced new products on the market, over 20 patents, and over 70 peer-reviewed publications. She has secured over RMB5 million in funding from various high-level funding bodies (NSFC, AHRC) and industries. Her development of sustainable working relationships with industry has create opportunities for students to showcase their designs to a broader audience and to businesses. Over 30 of her supervised students’ designs have been recognised by the world’s largest, most prestigious and influential design accolades, such as IF design, A ‘Design award, International Design Awards, European Product Design Award.

Supervision Responsibility of PhD students

I am currently supervising 10 students in their PhD research (9 as principal/first supervisor). I have supervised a total of 16 PhD students in my career, of which 6 have completed in the past years. All students passed their viva exams first time, subject to only minor corrections of their theses.

  1. Name: Xiaosong Zhou (full-time)/ Supervision status: Principal/ Completion of PhD with minor corrections of the thesis.
  2. Name: Joyce Addae (full-time)/ Supervision status: Principal/ Completion of PhD with minor corrections of the thesis.
  3. Name: Lanyun Zhang (full-time)/ Supervision status: Principal/ Completion of PhD with minor corrections of the thesis.
  4. Name: Pinyan Tang (full-time)/ Supervision status: Second/ Completion of PhD with minor corrections of the thesis.
  5. Name: Nan Wang (full-time)/ Supervision status: Second/ Completion of PhD with minor corrections of the thesis.
  6. Name: Cao Zhang(full-time)/ Supervision status: Second/ Completion of PhD with minor corrections of the thesis.
  7. Name: Leijing Zhou (full-time)/ Supervision status: Principal/ Submitting thesis.
  8. Name: Siyuan Zhou (full-time)/ Supervision status: Principal/ Third year.
  9. Name: Hua Ma (full-time)/ Supervision status: Principal/ Second year.
  10. Name: Jing Ma (full-time)/ Supervision status: Principal/ Second year.
  11. Name: Fang Yang (full-time)/ Supervision status: Principal/ Second year.
  12. Name: Yifan Yang (full-time)/ Supervision status: Principal/ Second year.
  13. Name: Jiming Bai (full-time)/ Supervision status: Principal/ Second year.
  14. Name: Mengshen Yang (full-time)/ Supervision status: Principal/ Second year.
  15. Name: Yifan Zhang (full-time)/ Supervision status: Second/ Second year.
  16. Name: Ruiheng Lan (full-time)/ Supervision status: Principal/ First year.

Teaching

  • Physical Ergonomics
  • RSA Design Project
  • BEng Major Design Project

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