Professor Aguilar’s research focuses on structured engineering design methodologies using interdisciplinary teams working towards a common user-oriented set of goals. Product design from interdisciplinary teams requires integrating a larger number of methodological viewpoints and expertise in order to validate the effectiveness of the team on the common user-oriented goals. Dr. Aguilar has proposed the Expanded Model of Axiomatic Design, as a converging model between the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) and Axiomatic Design, as a rational design methodology. The Expanded Model of Axiomatic Design has been successfully applied to the design of products for the disabled, and is currently being instantiated in other industrial applications.
Current Sponsored Research
Pilot study of neuro-rehabilitation therapies with assistant technology for patients with motor impairment of the superior limbs of cerebral origin (grant: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, France).