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Dr Robert Chien-Chung Chen

Job: Principal Lecturer, Deputy Head of Faculty International Activities

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Design

Research group(s): Design and New Product Development

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7565




Personal profile

Before joining De Montfort University, Robert worked as Associate Professor at two Universities (National Yunlin University of Science/Technology and National Cheng-Kung University) and was the Deputy General Manager at State Research Institute (Recreation and Footwear Design Research Institute) in Taiwan.
Robert is now the Principal Lecturer of Industrial Design and Orthopaedic Footwear Technology, Course Leader of MA/MSc Design Innovation Programme, Deputy Head of Faculty International Activities, and the Group Leader of the User-Centred Design Research Studio in the School of Design.
As senior PhD research student supervisor, Robert has successfully supervised 18 research students and is an external examiner for MA/MSc programmes and PhD viva voce at various universities in the UK. He is also a reviewer for a number of International Journals and Conferences. He is the author of three books for the China Productivity Centre (Taiwan); the editor of 2004 and 2005 Design and Manufacture Seminar proceedings for De Montfort University; more than 200 refereed research papers; and is a frequent Keynote speaker and Chair of the Conference/Seminars in Europe, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and Taiwan.
In addition to English, Robert speaks Taiwanese, Mandarin, and Japanese.

Research interests/expertise

Design and Innovation (Product and Footwear), ergonomics related Medi/Health-care (Comfort, Fitting and Assistive technology for special needs) and design research (i.e. Design/Research methods and User-centred design). 

Areas of teaching

Research methodology, Design thinking and Design methods, Ergonomics and Product design development for industries and Orthopaedic footwear design, making and fitting technology.


PhD in Medical Engineering and Physics. King’s College, University of London, UK. ‘91-‘93
MPhil in Design and Manufacture. Leicester Polytechnic, UK.’89-‘91
PGDip in Design Strategy and Management. University of Warwick, UK. ’96-‘96
PGDip in Design and Ergonomics. National Tsukuba University, Japan. ’83-‘84
BSc in Industrial Design Engineering. National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan.’75-‘80

State Associate Professor in Design. Ministry of Education Affairs, Taiwan.’94-date
State Lecturer in Product Design.  Ministry of Education Affairs, Taiwan. '84-date

Courses taught

Principal Lecturer of Industrial Design and Orthopaedic Footwear Technology, Course Leader of MA/MSc Design Innovation Programme.

Honours and awards

September 2000, awarded the Small and Medium Enterprise Innovation Research Award 2000 (Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan) on “Research and Development into 2-in-1 Outsole Pattern with Special Inward Construction for Safety Shoes/Boots Design.”

March 2008, awarded the Dean’s Award for Good Teaching at the De Montfort University, UK for “the production of high quality learning materials; to good team work; to supporting students to manage their own learning and to work in supportive groups; and to a positive, inclusive approach to assimilating a diverse range of individuals into the group”.

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member of DRS (Design Research Society), UK

Member of CID (Chinese Institute of Design), Taiwan

Member of BMES (Bio-Medical Engineering Society), Taiwan

Member of EST (Ergonomics Society of Taiwan), Taiwan

Member of MCSD (The Chartered Society of Designers), UK

Member of CIDA (China Industrial Design Association), Taiwan







Member of REMAP (Technical Equipment for Disabled People, Leicester Panel), UK

Member of ISPO (The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics), Denmark

Member of MSSF (Society of Shoe Fitters), UK

Member of TATA (Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Association), Taiwan

  Chair and Fellow member of TATA (1998-2001)

Member (fellow) of CPOA (Chinese Prosthetics and Orthotics Association), Taiwan







Consultancy work

Consultant (Shoe-fitting and Wearing comfort) to China Leather and Footwear Association, China

Consultant (Orthopaedic Footwear Design) to KS shoe Ltd., Taiwan

Consultant (Footwear Design) to Longshoe Footwear International, USA

Consultant (Product Design) to Goodman Sports International, Australia, USA