IDS-Spring ’19

IDS-Spring ’19

Interdisciplinary Design Studio – Spring’19

(BA4148 – Interdisciplinary Problem Solving)

7th Interdisciplinary Design Studio, carried in the 2018-2019 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.


Cemal Atakan Parlak – Laçin Doğukan Uslu – Enes Berk Karahançer – Zeynep Zengin

In order to “expand the use of ID cards on the campus” mission given to us by Utarit, we started to think how we can increase identity card usage, then collecting, processing and analyzing the data that will arise from the use of the card, ensuring the correlation between the different areas and finally presenting to the users and managers. As a result of the surveys conducted with the campus components, we decided to start and develop our project in terms of transportation and library density which are the two biggest problems. Accordingly, we planned to offer the usage and occupancy rates of rings and awaiting people at the stations to the users and vehicle directorate simultaneously and also to contribute to the improvement and re-planning stages of usage analysis data which can be reached according to the desired time period. We have designed applications such as selecting the working area, displaying the occupancy rate, cancelling the reservation after the expiration of the reservation to handle library place problem thanks to the use of the card readers at the entrance and exit. Again, we created this information to be presented online to users and related management units through the interface we have created. We intend to determine the usage relationship between these areas in the form of cafeteria, sports halls, dormitories, study halls and other areas and to make the related inferences and improvements. We want to make life on campus more efficient if our project is implemented.


Begüm Göktenay Güzel – Hilal Şahin – Berke Taş – Mehtap Tuğba Kaynak – Can Kayabek – Poyraz Arcasoy

Based on our customer research, we have seen that ironing is one of the most unbearable domestic works for people as they find it boring and difficult because of several reasons. For instance, they complain about exposure to extreme heat, the difficulty of dealing with wrinkles, time consumption and expensiveness of irons. In this sense, our problem solution does not offer excluding ironing with another product, but it aims to make the ironing process much easier and bearable without needing expensive irons and excessive power consumption. Thus, we designed a smart hanger that dries and provides an appropriate moisture level for ironing. Besides, users will be able to select the time for clothes to be ready for ironing through using a mobile application which communicates with our smart hanger and notifies users when clothes are at appropriate humidity level.


Berfin Bölükemini – Fatih Toprak – Berke Tezergil – Mahmoud Fouda – Elif Özlem Topal – Özge Kayaaslan

We observed many problems in the Turkish Cargo hub but we focused on three main of them. These are sheet covering, height measuring and cargo tracking problems. To solve the height measuring problem we used a laser sensor to determine any overflow in the height of the pallets, to make easier the job of workers we designed a sheet covering mechanism. In addition to these, we suggest using RFID technology in the hub to easily tracking of the cargos in the hub and observing the workers performance. Thanks to these problem solutions we are believing that the company’s reliability will increase. To make clear our problem solution, we designed a prototype for the work station. The prototype that we have prepared for the real imagination of our work station is including a laser sensor for the detection of any overflow of the height, 2 step motors with belts to achieve sheet covering, aluminium bars which are for the belt mechanism and to hold lasers. All these parts of our prototype are constructed on MDF plates except the step motors. In addition to these, we have suggested a new sheet type for using in the station to make workers job more easily. The sheet has its own belt two sides of it to tighten up it without using any other adhesive things.


Artun Yıldız – Onur Cem Yoloğlu – Beyza Ungan – Ömür Özdoğan – Hande Alpkirişçi

The Smartru group has identified the biggest problem of campus transportation as the inefficient use of available resources. The group has developed a dynamic mobile application called METUNAVI, which includes social support, optimization of resources available and support for decision-making mechanisms among users in order to ensure effective use of the resources available to solve this problem. Thanks to the application, transportation ways such as the ring and hitchhiking, which are actively used in the campus, reach an optimum point and the walking is integrated into the system as a transportation alternative. The application has also increased the social sharing of campus components and with the incentive system, according to the application has provided continuous improvement.