"The mere act of framing any activity as performance makes it into a performance."

John Cage

"The relationship between theory and action is played out in the studio setting." 

Farrier, 2005


The Center for Advanced Design Studies

Focusing on translational research across disciplines, bringing cutting-edge theory to practice and cutting-edge practice to theory, the Center for Advanced Design Studies examines how change is made in different domains and translates that knowledge across domains.  

CfADS presents interviews with leading voices in design from across a wide range of disciplines with a special interest on the impact of digital media on culture, from legal design to currency design, from cinematography to machine learning.

CfADS facilitates workshops and offers consulting services to bring innovation and change to organizations. 



Envision Bootcamp:


Hands-on Introductionto Multimodal (Signal)
Analysis Techniques –Qualitative and Quantitative
Understanding of Team Dynamics

8 – 10 December 2021
10am – 4pm
Campus Griebnitzsee, Potsdam

Jessica Lake

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The team

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Dr. Jonathan Edelman

  • Director of the Center for Advanced Design Studies and the Design Dynamics Lab

  • Visiting Professor at the Hasso Platner Institute

  • Founder and Head of the Digital Health Design Lab at the Digital Health Center, Hasso Plattner Institute


Dr. Jonathan Antonio Edelman is currently a Visiting Professor at the Hasso Plattner Institute. Before his appointment at HPI, Jonathan was Head of Programme for Global Innovation Design at the Royal College of Art, London. Jonathan was the Director of Interdisciplinary Design at Stanford University’s Product Realization Lab and Consulting Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering.


Babajide Owoyele

PhD Student, HPI-Stanford


Babajide is a PhD student working with Dr Jonathan Edelman in the DTRP project “Research to Impact: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap and Putting Design Thinking Research to Work“. 

Babajide completed his Masters in Global Production Engineering (Solar Technology) from Technical University Berlin in 2017. 

In parallel with his masters, he gained a degree program on Climate Knowledge and Systemic Innovation at European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). He has also worked in research positions at Wuppertal Institute, ESA BIC  and as a product engineer at several startups. Babajide graduated from Covenant University, Ota in Nigeria, with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.


Joaquìn Santuber

PhD Student, HPI-Stanford


Joaquín is a researcher at HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program. He is part of the ‘Research to Impact: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap’ group under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Edelman. His research focuses on physiological data to assess team performance in the context of skill training. As part of connecting research and practice he also teaches at the School of Design Thinking in Potsdam.

He is a Lawyer by training and has international experience as a consultant on innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the co-founder of This is Legal Design, a Berlin based creative agency where he brings together his legal background and Design Thinking expertise.


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