DESIS Workshop: Enterprise and Employability (Sep 2013, UK)

Dates: 25-26 September 2013
Location: Lincoln University, UK

This event will explore what lies beyond Higher Education DESIS projects. We seek to map the potential applications of the learning DESIS projects produce for students and understand the roles for and requirements of designers trained in design for social innovation and sustainability when entering the job market across the sectors involved in social innovation.

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CoDesign Special Issue (Oct 2013)

Theme: CoDesign with people living with cognitive and sensory impairments
Deadline for submission of intent: 18 October 2013

The main focus of this special issue is on methods and techniques for codesign with people living with cognitive or sensory impairments. The issue will collect a number of high-quality papers describing how existing methods/techniques were adjusted for people living with impairments, or how dedicated methods/techniques were developed.

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Charrette: call for series / theme editors

Charrette, the new journal of the Association of Architectural Educators (AAE) ‘Charrette’ is now looking for interested parties for the roles of Ongoing Series Editor and Theme Editors.

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Designing Disaster Mobilities (May 2014, Pennsylvania USA)

Dates: 18-21 May 2014
Location: Penn State University, USA
Deadline for submissions: 15 November 2013

ISCRAM 2014: ELSI in Crises: Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues of IT Supported Emergency Response

We invite practitioner reports, academic papers, and demonstrations of technologies that address ethical, legal and social opportunities and challenges of IT supported crisis management in all phases.

This track explores critical ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) and innovative responses in practice, policy, and IT design with a view to emergent technology for mobilizing crisis response and management.

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ASME Journal of Mechanical Design Special Issue: Biologically-inspired design (Jan 2014)

Deadline for submissions: UPDATED 24 January 2014 (or possibly later)

[Blog Editor’s note: I’m gratified to see a journal as prestigious as JMD finally recognize the significance of Bio-inspired design within engineering, even though other limbs of the ASME have, in the past, promulgated climate-change denialism.  –Fil Salustri]

Biologically-inspired design (BID) (or biomimicry) is an emerging research area at the intersection of design, computer science and biology that seeks to systematically mine biological knowledge to solve design problems. BID research is active across many disciplines and has had important and significant results. Of particular research interest to society is how can we mine biology for solutions to problems for which we have no good “engineered” solution (e.g., think of how Velcro changed the world as a means of easy, reusable attachments – it was inspired by the common cocklebur’s hooked spines that easily grab other objects). Consequently, the Journal of Mechanical Design calls for submissions for a special issue on Biologically-Inspired Design.

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6th Intl Conf on Concept Mapping (Sep 2014, Brazil)

Dates: 23-25 September 2014
Location: Santos/SP, Brazil
Deadline for submissions: TBA


One decade of conferences (2004-2014): Time for celebration… in Brazil!

The Sixth International Conference on Concept Mapping follows on the success of the first five Conferences held Pamplona, San José, Tallinn/Helsinki, Viña del Mar, and Valletta in bringing together scholars and practitioners interested in concept mapping. It is being organized by the University of São Paulo and the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, USA.

The Conference is aimed at all persons interested in the use of concept maps (based on the work of Dr. Joseph Novak), including, but not limited to: facilitation of learning; eliciting, capturing, archiving, and using “expert” knowledge; planning instruction; assessment of “deep” understandings; research planning; collaborative knowledge modeling; creation of “knowledge portfolios”; and administrative and strategic planning and monitoring. We expect participants from a broad range of fields presenting a wide variety of research and applications of concept mapping.

All papers and proceedings from previous conferences are available at

More information will be posted at the CMC website: as it becomes available.

AIEDAM Special Issue: Analogical Thinking (Feb 2014)

Deadline for full papers: 1 February 2014

Guest Editors: L.H. Shu & Ashok K. Goel

This special issue of AIEDAM will be devoted to papers concerned with Analogical Thinking.

Analogical thinking involves the use of analogies for a variety of tasks such as

1) Generating novel concepts (design-by-analogy) and
2) Helping explain existing and new concepts

We welcome papers that report the study of analogies (and metaphors) not only in design, but more generally in engineering, analysis, manufacturing, as well as design education. We welcome work describing cognitive studies, computational theories and interactive tools.

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Design & Nature 2014 (July 2014, Croatia)

Dates: 9-11 July 2014
Location: Opatija, Croatia
Deadline for submission of abstracts: ASAP

The Design and Nature conference is to be reconvened in 2014 following the success of previous meetings, the first of which was held in Udine, in 2002; followed by Rhodes, (2004); the New Forest, home of the Wessex Institute of Technology (2006); the Algarve (2008); Pisa (2010) and La Coruna (2012).

Scientists and engineers now have at their disposal a vast array of relationships for materials, mechanisms and control. The resulting laws have been painstakingly assembled by observation and analysis and span the cosmic scale of space down to the molecular level of genetics. In particular, they have made us aware of the rich diversity of the natural world around us.

These developments have prompted the reconvening of the Design and Nature Conference which attracts researchers from around the world working on a variety of studies involving nature and their significance for modern scientific thought and design. The success of the series is in great part due to the interdisciplinary character of the conference, which brings together a wide variety of specialists such as physical scientists, engineers, biologists, medical experts as well as those involved in humanities and arts.

Delegates attending Design and Nature 2014 will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper for possible publication in the International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics, one of the Journals edited by the Wessex Institute.

See the website for more information.

AIEDAM Special Issue: Design of Complex Engineered Systems (Sep 2013)

Deadline for full papers: 16 September 2013
Guest Editors: Irem Y. Tumer & Kemper E. Lewis

Design of Complex Engineered Systems is a research area that focuses on systematic and rigorous approaches to designing and analyzing large-scale engineering systems. Complexity comes from the fact that these systems are not only large-scale, but also include multiple disciplines, and are composed of hardware, software, and at times humans, which typically results in unmodelled and poorly understood interactions and behavior at multiple scales. Such behavior often leads to unintended consequences that plague engineering organizations developing such systems, including cost overruns, schedule delays, unplanned maintenance, and ultimately, catastrophic failures during operation.  Current systems engineering processes do not guarantee safe, effective, and robust systems that are delivered on-time and within budget. Over the last 5 years, the engineering design research community has recognized this problem and advances have been made in many research groups with real large-scale applications.  Furthermore, government organizations including NSF, NASA, and DARPA have created new programs that specifically fund the scientific approaches needed to make a significant impact in the state-of-the-art.  As a result, this special issue is very timely in that many of the approaches are ready to be disseminated and shared with our peers.  The guest editors intend to showcase the variety of the research in this field.

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Call for Papers / Designs for the 2014 Fashion And Communication SYMPOSIUM May 2-3, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota

Fashion is change and because it is change, fashion impacts nearly every aspect of our lives from the language we speak, the furniture we use, the homes we live in, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and the food we eat. Fashion also reflects social consensus and to achieve consensus we must have communication. Thus, for  our third symposium we focus on relationships between fashion and communication. We are interested in providing opportunities to share research findings, innovative teaching strategies, and designs that explore and investigate issues related to communication and fashion.

The symposium has an inclusive definition of the term “fashion”. While fashion is often understood to center on apparel choices, fashion can be recognized as the current style or way of behaving in any field. Thus, proposals are welcome from divergent fields such as architecture, anthropology, cultural studies, history, interior design, graphic design, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies among others.

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