2005-2007 (finalized)


Needfinding and innovation are the keywords of NeedInn.

The goal for NeedInn is to create a method, a working process, which contributes to a need centered product development process within e-health. To make this happen we need to develop a way to find the needs and to make them more clearly for users and solution providers.


Role: Project leader and main applicant
Type: Research and development
Keywords: E-health, Engineering Design, Needfinding, Product Development
Application area: Healthcare
Time frame: 2005-2007
Funding: 5.3 MSEK
Research unit: Luleå University of Technology
Partners: Alkit Communications, EU, Luleå Kommun, Länsstyrelsen Norrbotten, Länsstyrelsen Västerbotten, Skellefteå Kommun



  • Needs as a basis for design rationale. / Bergström, Mattias ; Ericson, Åsa ; Larsson, Madelene ; Nergård, Henrik ; Larsson, Tobias ; Renström, Boo. In: Proceedings of the Design 2008 : 10th International Design Conference, May 19-22, 2008, Dubrovnik, Croatia. University of Zagreb, 2008. 8 p. Research: Article for conference peer reviewed
  • Design for wellbeing. / Larsson, Tobias ; Larsson, Andreas. In: The Engineering Handbook of Smart Technology for Aging, Disability and Independence. / ed. Abdelsalam Helal ; Mounir Mokhtari ; Bessam Abdulrazak. Hoboken, N.J : Wiley, 2008. p. 819-832
  • Need driven product development in team-based projects. / Ericson, Åsa ; Larsson, Tobias ; Larsson, Andreas ; Larsson, Madelene. In: Proceedings of the 16th International conference on engineering design : ICED 07. 2007. 11 p. Research: Article for conference peer reviewed
  • NeedInn : behovsdriven produktutveckling inom E-hälsa. / Larsson, Tobias ; Larsson, Madelene. Luleå : Luleå tekniska universitet, 2007. 60 p. Research: Scientific report
  • In search of what is missing : needfinding the SIRIUS way. / Ericson, Åsa ; Larsson, Tobias ; Larsson, Andreas. In: Knowledge Sharing and Collaborative Engineering : Proceedings of Fourth IASTED International Conference on Knowledge Sharing and Collaborative Engineering, KSCE 2006. Acta Press, 2007. 6 p. Research: Article for conference peer reviewed
  • Educating engineering designers for a multidisciplinary future. / Bergström, Mattias ; Ericson, Åsa ; Matzen, Detlef ; Tan, Adrian. 2007. 2 p. Conference: National Workshop on Functional Products – Development and Sales, No. 2, Luleå, Sweden, October 24, 2007 – October 25, 2007.
  • Design for Wellbeing : Innovations for People. / Larsson, Andreas ; Larsson, Tobias ; Leifer, Larry ; Van der Loos, Machiel ; Feland, John. In: Proceedings of 15th International Conference on Engineering Design : ICED 05. 2005. 10 p. Research: Article for conference peer reviewed
  • Design for wellbeing : innovations for people. / Leifer, Larry ; Larsson, Andreas ; Larsson, Tobias ; Van der Loos, Machiel ; Feland, John. In: Human Centered Design : Maruzen for 10th anniversary of the Kanto Branch, Japanese Society of Mechanical Engineers. ed. / S Fukuda. 2005. 11 p. Research: Contribution to scientific book/anthology
  • Innovations for Life : Design for Wellbeing. / Larsson, Tobias ; Larsson, Andreas ; Kassfeldt, Elisabet. In: First International Conference on Lifestyle, Health and Technology : June 1-3, 2005 at Luleå University of Technology, Porsön, Luleå, Sweden. 2005. 1 p.