IDS Spring 2021-2022 Applications are Open!

IDS Spring 2021-2022 Applications are Open!

Interdisciplinary Design Studio (DTS) is a series of events consisting of various seminars, workshops and studio classes that support participants from different disciplines to work together. DTS, which is carried out with the coordination of the METU Design Factory and the mentorship of our professors from different departments, is a course designed with the partnership of industry and non-governmental organizations operating in different sectors, especially METU Technopolis.

DTS, called Interdisciplinary Problem Solving (BA148), will be held on Fridays between 09:00-12:30 as an open elective course to students from all departments in METU.

IDS Fall’21 Closing Ceremony

IDS Fall’21 Closing Ceremony

The Interdisciplinary Design Studio, which was held for the ninth time in the fall semester of the 2021-2022 academic year, ended with the closing event. Many valuable guests from academia and industry attended the closing event. DTS groups, consisting of students from different departments at METU, presented their innovative solutions that they had been working on throughout the semester. After the presentation and jury evaluations, the teams debated ideas with the participants about their work.

3 projects developed with the support of Arçelik for this term;

  • “Wiggle” prepared by the “Foodies” team to extend food life and minimize food loss.
  • “Washdraw” by the “Juno” team, focused on dishwashing in the kitchen environment, which will make user life easier.
  • “Reset”, the new home assistant application of the “Xyz” team that will make life easier for users.

You can find detailed information about the projects here.

DTS Güz’21 Kapanış Etkinliği

DTS Güz’21 Kapanış Etkinliği

2021-2022 eğitim öğretim yılı güz döneminde dokuzuncusu yürütülen Disiplinlerarası Tasarım Stüdyosu kapanış etkinliği ile sonlandı. Kapanış etkinliğine akademi ve endüstriden birçok değerli misafirimiz katılım gösterdi. ODTÜ’de farklı bölümlerde eğitim görmekte olan öğrencilerden oluşan DTS grupları dönem boyunca üzerinde çalıştıkları yenilikçi çözümlerini katılımcılara sundu. Sunum ve jüri değerlendirmelerinden sonra takımlar katılımcılar ile çalışmaları hakkında fikir alışverişinde bulundu.

Bu dönem Arçelik’in desteği ile geliştirilen 3 proje;

  • “Foodies” takımının gıda ömrünü uzatmaya ve gıda kaybını en aza indirmeye yönelik hazırladığı “Wiggle”
  • “Juno” ekibinin mutfak ortamında bulaşık temizliği odaklı kullanıcı hayatını daha kolay hale getirecek olan “Washdraw”
  • “Xyz” takımının kullanıcıların hayatını kolaylaştıracak yeni ev asistanı uygulaması olan “Reset”


Projeler hakkında detaylı bilgiye buradan ulaşabilirsiniz.

IDS-Fall ’21

IDS-Fall ’21

Interdisciplinary Design Studio – Fall’21

(BA4148 – Interdisciplinary Problem Solving)

9th Interdisciplinary Design Studio carried in the 2021-2022 fall semester continued by groups of interdisciplinary METU students to offer innovative solutions and ideas for real problems submitted by Arçelik. Workshops following design thinking principles, seminars, and faculty members from different study fields sharing their experiences and knowledge were conducted throughout the term.


Ayda Kurt – Beyza Türkozan – Emin Akca – Gülce Süzen – Toygar Elmas – Umay Demirel

“Washdraw” is a dishwasher-cabinet system that aims to minimize the physical inconveniences caused by the general cabinet system in homes. It ensures that users can always access clean products (plates, etc.) due to its meal-oriented tray system. It does not take up space in the house in terms of combining the storage and dishwashing system in a single product. Users save time with “Washdraw” and do not wait for their dishes to be washed.



Batuhan Sütbeyaz – Ecenur Işık – Hakan Durmaz – Merve Kalan – Oğulcan Veli Öztürkmen – Öykü Çise Şahintaş – Utku Tan Baylan

Our user research demonstrated the need for pet food from foods that people will not choose to eat. Because many users forget what is in their fridge or they do not want to eat food, which is from several days ago. Also, we want to support the Zero Waste Kitchen idea. Because of these reasons, we decided to create a pet food maker, “Wiggle”. Thanks to Wiggle, many edible foods are not wasted, and many pets can eat healthy food.


Ege Öden – Eldem Rehber – Güz Ceren Türkan – Meltem Şahin – Murathan Çuğunlular – Zehra Güneş

A“Reset” is a mindset that is proposed by TeamXYZ for the developed methodology assistant-home. It is an innovative way of designing not just smart homes, but smart living at homes. It is based on tracking, evaluating, and enhancing user patterns by machine learning techniques to improve the life quality of the proto personas.


DTS-Fall’21 Applications are Open!

DTS-Fall’21 Applications are Open!

With support from the METU Technopolis and sponsored by industry and NGOs, METU Design Factory provides training, equipment, and infrastructure to interdisciplinary student teams for collaborative design projects. DTS brings students from different disciplines together in interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative products.

Under the name of Interdisciplinary Problem Solving, Interdisciplinary Design Studio course will be held between 9.00-12.30 on Fridays as an open elective course for students from all departments at METU.

Link for the application:

IDS-Spring ’20

IDS-Spring ’20

Disiplinlerarası Tasarım Stüdyosu – Spring’20

(BA4148 – Interdisciplinary Problem Solving)

8th Interdisciplinary Design Studio carried in the 2019-2020 spring semester continued by groups of interdisciplinary METU students to offer innovative solutions and ideas for real problems submitted by companies from several different sectors. Workshops following design thinking principles, seminars, and faculty members from different study fields sharing their experiences and knowledge were conducted throughout the term. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic that effected the globe during the semester, face to face educational activities halted and the rest of the IDS process was carried out using online collaboration tools and teleconferencing in a virtual environment. A virtual closing ceremony is held at the end of the semester that presented an invaluable opportunity for IDS students to share their projects and experiences with attendees from Design Factory Global Network, industry partners, IDS students and, METU Design Factory tutors.


Demet Doğanay – Tuğba Uçar – Ceren Kalfa – Busenur Şahin – Duygu Can

“Locus” sponsored by UNDP, aimed to renew a ghost space in Ankara, to make it a more effective area for the public-use. By considering the outputs of user research conducted on the area, a better-suited concept design enhancing the dynamic surroundings of the environment is intended. The project was designed with the ideals of the area having a more sustainable system and to educate the users by cognitive learning methods, encouraging self-learning.



Didem Baratalı – Eda Yılmaz – Ezgi Özkürkçü – Utku Ertürkan

“Farkında” sponsored by UNDP two interconnected processes that consist of interactive brochure design and train-wagon concept. Rather than conventional design approaches, an interactive design approach is aimed to better convey the messages to the target group for the design of the train-wagon concept and brochure. Among UNDP’s Sustainable Development Goals, “Good Health and Well-Being”, “Quality Education”, “Gender Equality”, “Climate Action” and, “Responsible Consumption and Production” are targeted for this project. These processes aim to raise public awareness of Sustainable Development Goals and achieve sustainable development by 2030.


Aysel Ege Coşkun – Ahmet Altuğ Çiçekdağı – Hande Fatma Karataş – Mücahit Alkan Yorgancı

Aiming to take the usage of unmanned aerial vehicles to another level, we focused on the dynamic and busy work life within the campus of Middle East Technical University, which seems to exhibit a highly compact city nature. We inferred from our observations that the trips within the campus result in loss of time and money for all types of users. Seeking to facilitate the transportation of goods, documents, and food, we propose a system design that highlights a quick, secure, and safe delivery of cargos via a pre-determined route and storage service. Provided that the storage-stations are located on the activity nodes of the campus, the drones are always ready for take-off to respond to the users’ needs. Thanks to its mobile application, users can manage the transportation of their cargo to another station without wasting time at the station. In this way, we hope to save time for users and see the implementation of the design on other campuses.


Elvan Buse Utkulu – Arda Yazıcı – Başar Yücel – Zeynep Ceren Arular

In the scope of BA4148-Interdisciplinary Problem Solving, the Smartera group has conducted this project with the mentorship of GAMA Enerji. The main purpose of the project is to draw the attention of the new graduates and make them excited about working and being a part of this company having a fully adapted technological/digital system which follows the latest technology advancements and Industry 4.0 digital revolution. For this reason, this project aims to create a business atmosphere such that the company develops some products with the help of Industry 4.0 technologies, also optimizes and accelerates the workflows and communications between employees by boosting the effect of cutting-edge technologies in business life.


IDS Spring ’20 Virtual Closing Ceremony

IDS Spring ’20 Virtual Closing Ceremony

Interdisciplinary Design Studio (IDS), an interdisciplinary course conducted by METU Design Factory each semester which aims METU students coming from different disciplines to solve real problems coming from our stakeholders from various industries is coming to an end with a closing ceremony on 15th of May 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic that have serious affects across the globe, this years closing ceremony will be organized virtually. Student groups that will attend the closing ceremony with their solutions are as follows,

  • Group Locus – UNDP
  • Group Awake – UNDP
  • Group Paper Tigers – Nurol BAE Systems (BNA)
  • Group Smartera – GAMA Energy
DTS-Spring ’20 Starts!

DTS-Spring ’20 Starts!

Interdisciplinary Design Studio (IDS) Spring ’20, which brings together real problems from our stakeholders with METU students from different disciplines, partnering with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Gama Energy and British Nurol Aerospace (BNA), has started.

Training for 3D Modelling and Additive Manufacturing Technologies in Vocational Education

Training for 3D Modelling and Additive Manufacturing Technologies in Vocational Education

With the contributions of the Ankara Development Agency, between 3-4-5 February 2020, a training for” 3D Modelling and Additive Manufacturing Technologies in Vocational Education” was held for 20 students from Etimesgut Güvercinlik Vocational Technical Anatolian High School Informatics Department and Mamak Ortaköy 80. Yıl Vocational Technical Anatolian High School Electronics Technology Department in Ankara Development Agency Entrepreneurship Center and METU Design Factory. . In this training, various training and activities were organized for vocational high school students on subjects such as interdisciplinary work, three-dimensional modeling, and manufacturing, computational design, teamwork.