After a mechanical engineer degree, Olivier Pialot specializes in innovative product design methods (PhD thesis in Industrial Engineering – LIPSI-ESTIA Laboratory and G-SCOP-INPG – “The PST approach as a tool for rationalizing the innovative design process”).
Since 2010, he has been working as a Research Engineer in the “Ecodesign and Optimization of Systems” team at LISMMA (Supmeca) and then at COSMER (University of Toulon), on product design and rationalization of materials use. Following the MacPMR Project on the design of remanufacturable systems, he set up with Prof. Millet, worked and co-managed the ANR IDCyclUM Research Project (2012-2015) involving 5 laboratories and 2 manufacturers on sustainable innovations with multiple upgrade cycles. The aim of this research programme was to develop a methodology for designing upgradable systems, a new kind of “evolutionary” products that could gradually adapt to future user requirements while radically improving environmental performance and reducing accelerated obsolescence of objects. Since then, he has continued to work on upgradability, through aspects of modularity of systems and associated business models, on product end-of-life with a collaborative project on joint design Products – Processing chains and on a new ANR research project on a creativity toolbox to encourage companies to eco-innovate, the ALIENNOR project (2016-2019).