EuropIA.13: Connecting Brains Shaping the World (Jun 2011, Rome)

13th International Conference on Advances in Design Sciences and Technology
Deadline for submissions: 10 January 2011
Location: Department of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering Faculty of Engineering – Sapienza University of Rome, Via Eudossiana 18 – 00184 Rome – Italy
8th -10th June 2011

Conference Theme

EuropIA Conferences are organized as a cross-platform for the study and analysis of the application of the ICT to architecture, archaeology, building engineering, civil engineering, urban design and policy analysis.

The aim of EuropIA international conferences is to promote advancements of information and communication technology (ICT) and their effective application for the Building and Construction industry.
The characteristic of these conferences is the interaction of different disciplines regarding their approach, methods and techniques and the application of advanced technologies. Cross-platform discussions and interactions help to enhance scope of these technologies beyond their existing application limits.
Specifics of disciplines are not the subject of the conference but serve as cases.

We seek a discussion of terms and conditions for introducing new tools and new strategies required by the inevitable changes of the professional and educational working.

The main theme of the EuropIA13 is Collaborative Design Spaces.

Industry and the building industry in particular, are being stirred up by new design methods, aimed at overcoming the increasing complexity of their respective products.
Collaboration allows for a flexible and adaptable development of the work carried out in networked organizational structures, such that the outcome of the work will be shared and contributed to by a wider range of experts, thus benefiting from and facilitating the spread of innovative methods and ideas within organizations.

Collaborative Engineering takes pride of place in that it has the potential to enhance the design process through a more effective collaboration between widely different and separated teams of specialists. Its aim is to provide concepts, technologies and innovative solutions.

Topics of interest for this conference include, but are not limited to the following that can be assumed as keywords for indexing purposes:

  • Design Theory;
  • Digital aids to architectural design creativity;
  • Sustainable/ green design and construction systems;
  • User Participation in Design;
  • Mass Customization;
  • Human-machine interfaces for design and construction;
  • Multi-agent decision-support systems;
  • Design conflicts management;
  • Process and product modelling;
  • Collaborative life cycle management for design and construction;
  • Embedded and smart systems for design and construction;
  • BIM and the semantics representation;
  • Ontology knowledge models;
  • IFC and standard representations;
  • Generative and Parametric Design;
  • Data expandability for design and construction.

The conference will compare the different scientific positions and current results that are emerging in the international field from research on these topics, aimed at enhancing design, namely architectural and building, by means of tools that support the integrated Process/Product design activity in a collaborative space.

Topics should thus be developed with respect to: innovative and effective representations of entities and products (in the most general sense possible, creativity, buildings, requirements, methods, processes, etc.); real-time explanations of the meanings of quantities and qualities involved, and their attendant constraints; agents allowing dynamic notations among ‘internal’ representations used by each actor in their own ‘space’ of competence, and ones used to communicate their work to experts in other fields; a high quality of adapted ergonomic human interfaces.

Paper submissions are invited on these and related topics describing past and current research efforts, as well as experience with proof-of-concept, prototype and operational systems.

Deadline for paper submissions is 10th January 2011. For more information, please visit or


About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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