Intl J Prod Devel: Special Issue: International Engineering Operations (Dec 2011)

An invitation for high-quality submissions for a forthcoming special issue on “International Engineering Operations” to appear in the International Journal of Product Development. The Full call can be found at
Deadline for submissions: 5 Dec 2011.

Articles will be processed as received, and submitters will be notified promptly if they do not fit this special issue. Full review of an article will be accomplished by one of the Guest Editors and two reviewers.

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written). Please submit your manuscript directly via email to either Yufeng Zhang or Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen, deadline for submissions is 5th December 2011. Please direct questions to either Yufeng Zhang via or Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen via

J Eng Des Special Issue on Dependency Modelling in Complex System Design (Sep 2011)

Journal of Engineering Design
Special Issue on Dependency Modelling in Complex System Design

Dependency modelling techniques such as the Design Structure Matrix (DSM) support complexity management by focusing attention on the elements of a system and the dependencies through which they are related. The dependency modelling perspective highlights structures in systems and their environments. It can help to understand the implications of connectivity on different aspects of system performance. It can assist in understanding, designing, optimising and maintaining complex systems; including products, processes and organisations.

Since the ‘Design Structure System’ was introduced in 1981, a great deal of progress has been made exploring how different forms of dependency modelling can support complex system design. Many approaches have been developed, for instance based on DSM, MDM, and network analysis. Tools and methods have been transferred into practice.

Much has changed in the three decades since Prof. Steward’s seminal paper was published. This special issue on Dependency Modelling in Complex System Design will take stock of new developments and trends.

Authors are invited to submit research papers on any topic related to modelling and/or management of dependencies in complex system design. All papers will be peer-reviewed through the normal process.

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Northern World Mandate: Towards Open & Participative Cities (May 2012, Helsinki)

Dates: 24-26 May 2012
Location: Aalto University School of Art and Design, Helsinki Finland
Organized under the umbrella of Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media that is the only global association representing art, design and media education in the world. It was founded in 1990 and has today 176 prominent members from 44 countries.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 Nov 2011

“Open, participative cities: how design knowledge can support public services in the development of open, participative human environment.”

The Cumulus conference, interlinked in the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012, is organized in the premises of Aalto University, in the School of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland and in the neighbouring city of Espoo. The conference program has the opportunity to include pre-conferences and site events.

The Cumulus conference organizing committee is pleased to announce the first call for abstracts/proposals.

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Science and Method in the Humanities (Mar 2012, New York)

Location: Rutgers University
Date: 2 March 2012
Deadline for abstracts submission: 1 Nov 2011

Rutgers University announces “Science and Method in the Humanities,” an interdisciplinary graduate symposium to be held on March 2, 2012, with keynote speakers Peter Dear (Cornell University) and Barbara Herrnstein Smith (Duke University, Brown University).

The aim of the conference is to explore questions of method and methodology in the sciences and in humanities scholarship that engages the sciences. This one-day event will bring together scholars working across that curricular divide for an interdisciplinary discussion of science and method, ranging from the historical development of scientific methods and their various historical re-articulations to broader concerns of methodology across the humanities.
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Probing the Interior 1800-2012 (May 2012, London)

Date: 25 May 2012
Location:  The Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College London, UK
Deadline for submission:   2011-11-30

Bodily, psychic and spatial interiors can be mapped, traversed and violated in multiple ways. This one-day conference will interrogate and re-evaluate the contested terrain of the interior in its varied forms. It will examine the interlacing and overlapping of different types of interiors, and seek to re-position the ‘interior’ in critical terms. Moreover, it will attempt to develop new ways of thinking about the relationship between the decorative arts, furniture, bio-technologies, anatomy and space. The conference will take place in The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum and conclude with a keynote address in the Anatomy Theatre at King’s College London.

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Symposium: Civil society reclaims public space. Cross perspectives based on research (Mar 2012, Brussels)

Location: Brussels
Dates: 15-16 March 2012
Organized in the framework of the Human Cities Festival (

For more information you can download the Call For Papers from here <>

Download the application template here<>

Proposals should not exceed 2,000 characters spaces included (see the template) and be drafted in English.
They should be drafted in a clear, accessible language, potentially adapted
to a non-specialized audience.

DEADLINE: 14 October 2011

craft+design: A World in Making: cities craft design (June 2012)

Publication date: 2013
Guest Editor: Suzie Attiwill

On 12 March 1913, a naming ceremony took place in an empty paddock on a hill. This rural environment was to become a city, the capital city of Australia, the city of Canberra. The aspirations and the projections of the Griffins’ winning design for Canberra are an example of a world-in-making involving the practices of design and craft. This issue of craft+design enquiry will be published in 2013 – 100 years after this event and when, for the first time in history, more than half the world’s population live in cities. By 2030, this will increase to at least 60% with significant growth happening in cities of developing countries and the emergence of meta-cities with 20 million inhabitants. ‘The twenty-first century will be known as the century of the city’ (Tibaijuka, 2010).

This next issue of craft+design enquiry will focus on and highlight the role, contribution and potential of craft and design practices to the urban environment as well as the transformation of these practices – a world in making.

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Product Lifecycle Management 2012 (July 2012, Montreal)

The IFIP WG5.1 9th International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management, PLM12, will be held at Ecole de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) Montréal, Québec, Canada, 9th-11th July 2012

PLM12 will bring together researchers, developers, and users of PLM in an event that combines keynote lectures, exhibitions, research paper presentations, poster and panel sessions with an active social program, including visits to some of Montreal’’s leading high tech enterprises.

For further details please see

CHI Student Research Competition (May 2012, Austin Texas)

Location: Austin, TX
Dates: 5-10 May 2012
Deadline for submission: 9 Jan 2012

CHI Student Research Competition (SRC) at the CHI 2012 conference in Austin Texas ( is a forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for prizes up to US$500. If you are a supervisor for undergraduate or graduate students, please share this CFP with them. If you are a student with a research idea worth showcasing, please consider participating in the competition!

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Icon & Anonymity: What is Californian Architectural History? (May 2012, Santa Barbara CA)

Location: University of California, Santa Barbara
Date: May 19, 2012
Deadline for submissions: 30 Oct 2011
Contact: V.M. Welter ( and S.J. Sadler (

Call for Participants

During Winter and Spring quarter 2012, the Art, Design, and Architecture Museum (ADAM) at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) will exhibit “Carefree California: Cliff May and the Romance of the Ranch House”.  This first ever exhibition dedicated to the œuvre of Californian architect Cliff May draws from the archive housed at UCSB and offers a perfect opportunity to think more generally about the teaching of Californian architectural history.  Through open, collegial round-table discussions, the conference “Icon and Anonymity” will ask: Is there a specifically Californian history of architecture, and what do we teach when we offer instruction in it?
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