Design Descriptions: Disruptive Technologies in Future Design & Development Systems
Important Dates
May 25 Submissions due
June 8 Notification of acceptance
30 June 9:00am-12:30pm Workshop

Workshop Aim:

Recent advances in disruptive technologies are creating new opportunities for the design world. For example, the availability of big data is increasing, Industry 4.0 is changing the nature of manufacturing systems and so the designed products that can be produced, and moves towards automation of knowledge-based activities is highlighting a need for understanding of human behaviour. The full potential of these opportunities for engineering design, architecture and engineering design & development systems are not fully realised and their impact on design descriptions and design & development processes is not entirely clear. The goal of this workshop is to explore state-of-the-art thinking, and requirements for new computational methods, processes and practices in design description. 
The following questions will be explored.

  • How can data be used to influence and design for behaviour change?
  • How is human behaviour best represented in design descriptions?
  • How can data be used to improve designs: e.g., through value to users, increased functionality, providing more sustainable solutions?
  • What is the impact of disruptive technologies on current design descriptions and processes?
  • What new opportunities for design & manufacture are emerging?
Workshop Chairs
Alison McKay (a.mckay@leeds.ac.uk)
Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen (s.ahmed-kristensen@rca.ac.uk)
Program Committee
  • Scott C Chase, USA
  • Chris Earl, Open University, UK
  • Kemper Lewis, Buffalo State University, USA
  • Kristina Shea, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Workshop Notes
The workshop builds on a white paper (http://doi.org/10.5518/wp/1 ) that resulted from an international research collaboration meeting in November 2014 on design: shape and structure and outcomes from the design description workshop at DCC'16 (link).

Submission information:
Participants do not need to submit anything to attend the workshop. 

Abstracts of research presentations and demonstrations that include at least one of the following are invited: (i) demonstration of examples and cases of using/applying links between descriptions in design; (ii) candidate benchmark examples that encompass key characteristics of problems they highlight and benefits of proposed or potential approaches, should be submitted to one of the Workshop Chairs.

Workshop format:
¼ hour:Introduction 
2 hours: Up to 6 x 10 min presentations followed by 10 min discussion focussed on presentation 
1 hour: Group discussion focussed on workshop goals 
¼ hour: Wrap up 

All attendees at the workshop need to register either as an addition to the DCC'18 conference registration at a cost of €30, or if not registered for the conference at a cost of €60. Please go the DCC'18 Registration page to add this workshop to your registration.