To assist this process of development for the engineering systems design research community, the organizers of DESIGN are proposing core areas for the conference as described below. It is required explicitly from all contributors to show how they are contributing to the emerged communities of researchers within these areas.

Design 2020 - Topics



Empirical studies of design and design support
New approaches to the design theories
Design science research methods
Design theory

Engineering design research has a long history of research activities associated with it. However the establishment of credible convincing and well supported new theories and innovative research approaches is a continuing task. Undertaking design research is difficult because of the amount of issues associated with design, evaluating models and methods by ‘experiments’ with industrial collaborators, generating large enough data sets or validating results in quite different design situations. Papers which have a valid basis and promote to the community undertaking design research will be of particular interest in this core area.



Organisational understanding of product development
Multi-product development
Life cycle management
Market and business implications
Global product development
Globalisation, legislation,

A critical factor in the effectiveness of designers and design teams is the way that they are organized and managed. This core area will deal with strategies, methods and tools to support innovation in everyday design work with its manifold relations to internal partners as well as to suppliers and customers. This may include such topics as collaborative working, meeting strategies, virtual organizations, distributed teams, the supplier/designer interface, idea generation and evaluation. Again the state of the art is critical and may come from outside the engineering design research field.



Design knowledge and collaboration
Collaborative systems
Representations of design information
Decision making and decision support
Knowledge intensive design
Artificial intelligence in design
Data driven design

The provision of the appropriate amounts of high quality and relevant design information and knowledge is seen as being critical to the success of a product or system design and development activity. Papers submitted to this core area may take a technical or human view of the issues. They may deal with such areas as search strategies, information or knowledge reuse, representation methods, organisational learning and so on. Examples of information and knowledge strategies that have been evaluated in practice, with a reflection of the difficulties are of particular interest.



Configuration and modularization
Modelling and management of engineering processes
Product development models and strategies
Conceptual design cognition
Design for product life cycle
Resilient processes

There are various views on the overall design process and there are a wide variety of product-, company- or branch specific approaches to structure and to support design processes. Papers submitted for this core area may deal with any of these aspects and related topics. In particular examples of new process developments and process improvement strategies will be of particular interest. Authors will be expected to show how their results add to various design process improvement approaches. Examples of the impact of their new approaches or new implementation tactics would be highly relevant.



Tools for DfX and product development
IT in product development
Usage and integration of supportive technologies
Virtual product development

The provision of innovative support tools within the engineering design process is essential for the effective delivery of high quality products and systems. Papers submitted for this core area may be associated with tools for any design related activity and for any phase of the design process. Papers will be expected to show why the particular tools are necessary or why the particular approach being introduced is novel. Papers which include examples of use or application case studies are particularly welcome.



Creativity and ideation
Innovation methods and tools
Open innovation
Social innovation

Creative, holistic, multidisciplinary studies of design and interplay of design and innovation that turns technological inventions into welfare will be considered in this topic. Innovation and design as integral part of product development are of primary concern of the competitive companies and society. We are particularly keen on contributions focused on relationships between design, innovation, science and technology.



Cooperation and collaboration
Designer's attitudes and skills
Human thinking
Emotional engineering

The human aspect of design is crucial and arguably has two aspects, one being the role that the designer has in producing products and systems that relate to the users themselves. The other is the way that the designer can be supported to be more creative and innovative. As well as other research in the engineering design area, any cross-reference to human-computer interface work or other human aspect work would be of interest. Papers that deal with any of these human dimensions will be welcome.



User-centred design
Aesthetics and visual impressions
User interaction design

The papers addressing multidisciplinary aspects of design, systematically discussing methods and tools relevant for both Industrial and Engineering designers will be welcomed under this topic.



Requirements Engineering
Design for X
Ecodesign implementation
Design for additive manufacturing
Product service engineering
Computational design synthesis
Engineering design in mechatronics
Change management

Papers selected for this core area will be expected to include a novel design approach or method or an example and assessment of how a method or methods have been implemented in practice. The papers will be expected to relate to the state of the art in the area and show how their approach has contributed to the overall effectiveness of the design process.



Design education strategy
Tools and environments for design education
Project-based education



Geometrical modelling, simulation and tolerancing
Simulation based design
Visualisation and virtualisation

This topic is to provide articles of practical relevance to the working engineer. Programme chairs will welcome papers demonstrating engineering competence, experience and usefulness in manufacturing, assembly, use, recycling and sustainability. We are particularly keen on contributions that may indicate transfer of everyday design methods to research community.



Defining a systems approach
Manging structural complexity
Simulation within complex systems
Complex systems design
Interdependencies in complex systems
Model-based systems engineering (MBSE)
Cyber-physical systems design

We are interested to receive the papers that relate systems engineering with engineering design methodology. Contributions considering similarities and differences among two approaches, considering processes, methods, tools, and education should help community to better understand life cycle, business and technical needs of the engineering design process and products integration in the complex systems engineering process.



Approaches to socio-technical systems design
Human factors in design
Socially responsible design
Technology and sustainable development
Life science and design for healthcare

Technology has a profound influence on society. New possibilities and new risks arise as a consequence of the implementation of new technologies and products. Decisions made during design processes shape the possibilities and risks of products. Contributions in this topic should address engineering values and ethics, social sustainability, explore and define the research agenda of interdisciplinary collaboration.

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