PAD 2020

Welcome to our “6th International Summer School on Product Architecture Design - PAD 2020”

The research collaboration of Prof. Ola Isaksson from Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), Prof. Kevin Otto from Aalto University (Finland), Prof. Dieter Krause from Hamburg University of Technology (Germany) and Prof. Seung Ki Moon from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) aims to broaden the knowledge of young researchers in the field of product architecture design and modularity and to create a platform to interact and discuss together.

The summer school has already been successfully carried out five times in different locations with research fellows from all around the world. Expanding the network, Prof. Ola Isaksson from Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) has joined the circle and will host PAD 2020 in Gothenburg for the first time. We are very excited and gladly invite you to join this year's summer school! Take a look at our flyer for more information.

What will expect you?

To level all participants, a consolidated state of the art within the research field of product development methods, focusing product architecture design and design for modularity, will be presented to you. In hands on workshops and exercises you will learn, apply and discuss different product development methods and structuring measures in order for you to gain a deep understanding of the topic and to broaden your horizon.

Your own research should not come short - everyone brings in their own PhD or research project. During the week you can discuss it with others and put it in context to product architecture design and modularity with helpful advice from four experienced professors in those research areas. The joint exchange aims to foster fruitful discussions and to identify new research fields, that could be approached together, eventually leading to new research collaborations – but that is on you!

Insights from industry side are offered by Volvo Group, who will host the event and join an industry workshop session, showing and discussing their findings on an actual development case with you. Last but not least, joint events and activities will take place in the evenings to get to know each other, the beautiful Swedish city of Gothenburg and, of course, to have fun.

Important Information due to COVID-19

 Due to the current situation we all face because of the COVID-19 virus, the timeline for execution of PAD2020 is not clear now. Please note the following points:

  • Further information about the period of execution of PAD2020 will be given in May.
  • All received applications are still valid. The application period is open until further notice. Please do not hesitate to apply.

General Information and Application

The summer school will take place from 22nd – 26th of June in Gothenburg (Sweden). PAD 2020 is free of charge for you, but you will need to cover the expenses for travel and accommodation.

For application, please fill out the application form and send it to Jan Küchenhof (jan.kuechenhof(at)


February, 1stApplication opens
May, 3rdApplication closes
May, 8thConfirmation of participation
June, 22ndStart of PAD2020 (9am)
June, 26thEnd of PAD2020 (2pm)

For further questions regarding the organization and application process of the summer school, please contact:

Jan Küchenhof, M.Sc.

Scientific Assistant

E-Mail: jan.kuechenhof(at)