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We are pleased to invite you to prepare and submit papers to the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED17.
The conference will be held on the campus of the University of British Columbia from Aug. 21-25, 2017.
In keeping with the critical nature of natural and human resources to Canada, and especially to the province of BC, the overarching theme of ICED17 is “Resource-Sensitive Design”.
We will have special events and activities to showcase this theme as it is interwoven throughout the workshops and sessions that will span the traditional ICED topics.
All of us on the Organising and Programming Committees welcome you warmly to ICED17 in Vancouver!

-Mike Van der Loos, Conference Chair

ICED – Innovation in Engineering Design

ICED conferences are premiere forums where the design community comes together to share insights, discover new ideas, and form friendships. ICED provides the most prominent biannual meeting in design for researchers, designers, engineers and practitioners to stay abreast of new developments in the field.
From its engineering roots, ICED has evolved over the past 35 years to cover a wide area of design-related topics. Today it is a flagship event of The Design Society, providing a platform for engineering design research and practice in all forms. We believe that this provides the most fruitful environment to discover and disseminate ideas with impact.
ICED conferences implement rigorous quality assurance processes for all conference contributions, and work hard to provide participants with one of the best conference experiences. ICED proceedings are indexed by the leading indexing bodies, and papers are available for download on the Design Society website.
Join us at ICED17, present and discuss your work and views, and engage with fellow engineering design experts from all around the world. Join the global, multidisciplinary, inclusive and joyful community that comes together at ICED conferences.
We appreciate your continued support to design and look forward to meeting you in Vancouver.

-Anja Maier                                                     -Dorian Marjanović
Programme Committee Chair                    President of the Design Society

Conference theme for special sessions and keynotes:

“Resource-Sensitive Design”. This general theme encompasses three main areas. The first is “Design to advance resource-limited societies”, or how to design products that succeed given limited infrastructure, uncertain supply chains and cultural factors that impact product introduction. Second, Design to protect critical resources: especially in British Columbia, how do limits on critical natural resources such as oil, gas, water, and forestry define how products are designed and fabricated?  And third, Design to embrace resource limitations, or, how can all of us learn to design with a minimalistic approach: elegant, functional design through simplicity.

Expected participants

The ICED conference series invites and encourages contributions from both academia and industry.  For ICED17, we seek designers from a broad range of experience and ideas, especially with the following profiles:

  • Researchers in the field of engineering design and design science
  • Researchers and practitioners working on multidisciplinary aspects of design
  • Design, product development, engineering and technical professionals and managers
  • R&D executives working in engineering design and product development
  • Educators of high school, undergraduate and graduate design curricula
  • Representatives from national and regional development agencies, government bodies and research, industry and innovation policy organisations.

 Activities and Events

  • Plenary, podium and discussion sessions
  • Keynotes from academia and industry
  • Workshop sessions
  • Industry exhibits
  • Design Society meeting
  • Young Members event
  • PhD forum
  • Technical tours in evenings or on the last day of the conference to local companies, partner universities and other venues
  • Social events such as conference dinners, and also additional excursions that participants will book separately


Programme Committee

  • Anja Maier, Programme Committee Chair
  • Stanko Škec, Assistant Programme Chair
  • Harrison Kim, Programme Chair
  • Michael Kokkolaras, Programme Chair
  • Josef Oehmen, Programme Chair
  • Georges Fadel
  • Stephan Husung
  • Filippo Salustri
  • Mike Van der Loos

Organising Committee

  • Mike Van der Loos, Conference Chair
  • Antony Hodgson, Assistant Chair
  • Filippo Salustri, Assistant Chair
  • Kamran Behdinan
  • Agnes d’Entremont
  • Tamara Etmannski
  • Florin Gheorghe
  • Chris McKesson
  • Oscar Nespoli
  • Peter Ostafichuk
  • Sonia Serrambana

Conference Topics

Design processes

  • Models
  • Strategies
  • Design process modelling and management
  • Innovation engineering
  • Multi-, Cross- and Trans-disciplinary processes
  • Industrial design

Design organisation and management

  • Organisational understanding
  • Workspaces for design
  • Market and business implications
  • Management of innovation and complexity
  • Assessment and management of risk and uncertainty
  • Social responsibility and ethics of designing

Design research applications and case studies

  • Design practice
  • Industry case studies
  • Transfer of design research methods into industry
  • Applications to complex engineered systems
  • Applications of design research across industry domains

Product, services and systems design

  • Product and system modelling
  • Structural complexity
  • Product architectures, platform design, modularisation and product family design
  • Product-service systems (PSS)
  • Design and optimisation of organisational processes
  • Systems engineering and design
  • Designing large-scale engineering systems (e.g. healthcare, policy, infrastructure, energy systems)

Design methods and tools

  • Design tactics and methods
  • Requirements elicitation and management
  • User orientation, user integration
  • Evaluation and decision-making
  • Modelling and simulation methods
  • Virtual product development
  • Usage and integration of supportive technologies
  • Bio-inspired design
  • Computational design methods and tools (e.g. design automation, representation, optimisation, evaluation and integration)
  • Designing under uncertainty, Robust Design

Design for X, design to X

  • Design for lifecycle (DfX) – manufacturing, additive manufacturing, use of new technologies, assembly, testing, use, recycling, etc.
  • Design to properties (DtX) – cost, time, quality, flexibility, safety, etc.
  • Ecodesign
  • Sustainability (e.g. circular economy, social innovation)
  • Designing for digitised engineering value chains (e.g. big data, integrated lifecycle data models, internet of things, sensor technologies)

Design information and knowledge

  • Knowledge-intensive design
  • Information and knowledge management
  • Design knowledge and collaboration
  • Representation of design information and knowledge

Design theory and research methodology

  • Design theories and approaches
  • Design research methodologies and methods
  • Experiments in design
  • Evaluation of theories, approaches and methods

Human behaviour in design

  • Designers’ thinking, motivations and skills
  • Design cognition
  • Creativity and innovative thinking
  • Teamwork in design
  • Collaborative and participatory design
  • Communication in design
  • Design for emotion and experience

Design education

  • Teaching examples and experiments
  • Academic education experiences, plans and visions
  • Industry training in design
  • Life-long learning in design

Important Dates:

  • Aug. 1, 2016: paper submission
  • Dec. 19, 2016: full paper deadline
  • Mar. 20, 2017: notifications of paper acceptance
  • Apr. 24, 2017: camera-ready paper deadline
  • May 10, 2017: author registration deadline
  • Aug. 21, 2017: start of conference

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ICED17 will be held on the beautiful campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in the New Student Union Building, the “Nest”.  Surrounded by gardens, ocean and forests, UBC is situated at the western tip of Point Grey Peninsula away from the traffic and noise of the city, yet only 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver and 50 minutes from the Vancouver International Airport by a superb public transit system.  The 763-hectares campus boasts spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean over the Burrard Inlet, the north shore mountains and the downtown core of Vancouver.  Pacific Spirit Regional Park, the largest “green belt” of luscious forested parkland in Vancouver, separates UBC from vibrant downtown metropolitan Vancouver.


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