AIEDAM Vol 30 No 3: Special Issue – System Architecture Design (April 2015)

Website: http://aiedam.usc.edu/index.php/SpecialIssues/Vol30No3
Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2015

Guest Editors: Claudia Eckert & Marija Jankovic

In the early design stages of design processes system architecture defines the interaction between product, process and company organization as well as the integration across different domains of design such as mechanical, electrical, software engineering. During system architecture design, companies decide the balance between innovative and incremental development. System architecture decisions impact fundamentally on overall project and company success, especially in complex systems.

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17th Intl Summer School on Engineering Design Research for PhD Candidates (Jul/Aug 2015, Germany/Luxembourg)

Dates: 28 June – 3 July 2015 / 2-8 August 2015
Locations: Gut Schöneworth, Freiburg/Elbe, Germany / Franciscan Mother House, Luxembourg
Website: http://www.ssedr.org
Deadline for application: 10 April 2015

The aims of the Summer School on Engineering Design Research are to make PhD students who are working on topics related to Design Science better qualified and equipped for their research by (i) helping them select a theoretical foundation and develop a research approach, and (ii) encouraging discussion and collaboration.

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IN-TECH 2015 Conference (Sep 2015, Dubrovnik Croatia)

Dates: 9-11 Sep 2015
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Website: http://www.in-tech.info
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 May 2015

The International Conference on Innovative Technologies (IN-TECH 2015) will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia from September 09.  2015 till September 11. 2015.  The special excursion on 12.09.2015. will be organized, more information will be specified soon.  The conference fee is only 350 EUR (240 EUR for students). It is included in the price: lunch, gala dinner, book of proceedings, conference materials, briefcase.

Also, selected papers will be considered for publication in issues of CC, SCI and CSA journals.

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NORDES 20115: Design Ecologies: Challenging anthropocentrism in the design of sustainable futures (June 2015, Stockholm Sweden)

Dates: 7-10 June 2015
Location: Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, Sweden
Website: http://nordes.org/nordes2015
Deadline for submissions: 7 January 2015

Design hinges a natural-artificial continuum through humans’ natural capacity to produce what we call ‘the artificial’. At a time when human activity is threatening biodiversity and causing severe climate change, it becomes obvious that natural and artificial systems can no longer be conceived in isolation but only in relation to each other – or indeed as one.

The coupling of natural and artificial systems poses challenges due to its complexity and partly reveals the anthropocentrism that has traditionally characterised design. Several questions arise in this context. How can design practices embrace pluralism by recognising, in the manifestation of design itself, biological as well as cultural diversity? In other words, how do we in design, and beyond, move from the kind of ego-system we seem to be so trapped in towards the kind of eco-system everyone and everything can gain from? How are designers, educators and researchers of design currently engaging with these challenges, and how might or should they engage with them in the near future? Designers in Scandinavia have shaped and influenced many local human societies to an important extent through a legacy of democratic and user-centred values. How can these be extended to acknowledge and celebrate humans’ cohabitation on a global scale to also include the myriad of all other existing species and systems at alternative scales in time and space? How can the various design practices be genuinely sensitive to ecological complexity? And how can they be understood, designed and studied in relation to each other – or indeed as a whole?

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20th Intl Conf on Engineering Design: Design for Life (July 2015, Milan Italy)

Dates: 27-30 July 2015
Location: Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Website: http://www.iced15.org
Deadline for submissions: UPDATED 15 December 2014

We are pleased to invite you to prepare and submit papers to the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 15!

The ICED15 conference will be held in Milan, at the same time as EXPO 2015, making this a truly unique occasion for participants to attend both events. The EXPO 2015 theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” inspired the ICED 15 motto to be “Design for Life”, which points to the role and responsibility that designers have in improving human existence.

“Design for a healthy life”, “Design for a sustainable life” and “Design for a contented life” are three fields in which design can have a particularly strong impact and have therefore been selected as themes for the ICED 15 conference.

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CEEA 2015: Experiential Engineering Education (May 2015, Hamilton Canada)

Dates: 31 May – 3 June 2015
Location: McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Website: http://www.ceea2015-mcmaster.ca
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 26 January 2015

The Canadian Engineering Education Association’s Annual Conference (CEEA2015-McMaster) will be held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario from May 31 to June 3, 2015. All areas of engineering education research and practice are invited, but we would like to theme the broader discussion around what experiential education means for our students. This conference offers a unique venue for academics and practitioners to discuss recent trends in engineering education and education research. The conference includes workshops, plenary sessions, and technical sessions.

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7th Intl Conf on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (June 2015, Vancouver Canada)

Dates: 9-12 June 2015
Location: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Website: http://eesd15.engineering.ubc.ca/
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 16 September 2014

The 7th International Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EESD15) will explore current and future ways of thinking in the emerging field of EESD and will celebrate the ground-breaking work accomplishing in EESD since 2002. The conference will be held from June 9-12, 2015 at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Vancouver campus, overlooking beautiful Howe Sound in Vancouver, Canada.

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EESD15: 7th Intl Conf on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (Jun 2015, Vancouver Canada)

Dates: 9-12 June 2015
Location: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Website: http://eesd15.engineering.ubc.ca
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 16 September 2014

The 2015 Engineering Education for Sustainable Development conference at the University of British Columbia will explore current and future ways of thinking in this emerging field and celebrate the ground-breaking work accomplished in EESD since 2002. After 6 successful EESD conferences, EESD15 will be the first to be held outside of Europe. EESD15 is the premiere forum for contributing to, and learning about, engineering education for sustainable development.

Please refer to the website for details.

Journal of Engineering Design: Special Issue on Interaction and Experience Design (July 2014)

Website: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/cfp/cjencfp.pdf
Deadline for notification of intent to submit: July 2014

Even in the development of the most technologically complex products, systems and  environments, it is now accepted that the role of the user must remain firmly in focus. It is not  enough to fulfil functional requirements such as safety and performance, or to achieve technical  excellence in manufacture. The emergence of user-centred design has been critical in shifting  focus towards human needs in the design and development process. Inclusive design in particular  has set out the importance of universal usability in the design of products, and this fundamental  requirement has been addressed in a previous special issue of JED. Broader user-based issues,  however, require deeper consideration of the emotional reaction of individuals. The delivery of  more personalized usage scenarios encompasses aspects of interaction design, psychology,  culture and human factors to achieve satisfying, engaging and meaningful user experiences.

The aim of this special issue is therefore to address the emotional needs of users and their experiences in using products, processes and systems. What indicators can be monitored to best understand response during product use? Do requirements change through the ageing process  with respect to motivation, learning and dexterity? How can tasks and activities be designed and sequenced to form compelling narratives of use? How can factors such as culture, personality,  experience be considered in interface design? And can the tensions between tailored individual requirements and product universality be resolved in unifying design principles?

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EAD11: 11th Conf of the European Academy of Design: The value of design research (April 2015, Paris France)

Dates: 17-19 April 2015
Location: Paris Descartes University – Paris College of Arts
Website: http://www.europeanacademyofdesign.org 

Design today is increasingly being recognized as creating value – whether for cultural and collective intelligence, for embedding new technology into new behaviours, for fostering or acting as a force for change in societies and for companies confronted with complex problems. This value is based on design research within a large variety of settings and scientific backgrounds. The gestalt of the conference is “the whole is more than just the sum of its parts”. Taking this principle to heart, the conference will bring together all stakeholders in design research and design process innovation. University labs, design schools, and R&D departments from industries have been invited.

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