Co-evolution of design research and design practice - implications of new methodological developments on future design processes

Event Dates: September 2022 (Part 1) and January 2022 (Part 2)

Preliminary Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 December 2022 (Part 2)


Engineering products go through a wave of unprecedented changes as the products respond to the great societal challenges of our time like sustainability, carbon neutrality or circular economy.  Engineers from different disciplines come together to design the next product generations making use of digital technology like simulation, AI or digital twins.  At the same time established engineering paradigms, like stage gate processes, are shifting.  Design research and industry need to work together to advance design practice. 

Engineering design research is focused on the advancement of technology and improvement of design practice while engineering education trains the next generation of engineering designers.  The mechanisms for knowledge exchange between academia and industry can differ.  Theory driven research generates insights that can improve practice, while practice driven research systematises and theorises best practices and new practices observed in industry.  What we see is that industry and academia learn from each other; alternatively, design research and design practice co-evolve.  In the past, the development of design processes, tools and methods has been responsive to the needs of industry arising from changing technology.  To address the challenges and opportunities industry is facing now, there is a need to collaborate to bring products to the market quicker and cheaper.

The Design Process Special Interest Group focuses on the theory and empirical studies of design processes.  Structured processes are necessary to orchestrate the interplay of people and to assure that products are developed on time and on budget with appropriate approaches & procedures, methods, data, and tools.

This workshop series aims to think ahead how ongoing research on novel technologies, design approaches, management approaches, formal design methods, tools etc. will affect design processes of the future.  We are seeking contributions of design researchers that elaborate on the implications of their own research focussed on future design processes.  During the workshop we aim to discuss the impact on design processes and interdependencies between evolving research results and practice.


This workshop series has been organised in two parts.  You can either participate in one or in both events, the first event was successfully hosted in September 2022, but there is still time to attend our second event in January 2023.  While both parts of the workshop have been organised as primarily on-site events, we will provide opportunities for online participation for interested participants. 

During the workshops, we would like to engage in lively discussions stimulated by talks of the participants.

Based on the discussions and exchange with peers we expect participants to prepare a written contribution for the workshop proceedings.  The contributions will be published as an edited book by Springer.  Interested contributors are expected to submit a short abstract that outlines their paper prior to the event.  The full paper needs to be prepared until February 2023.

Industry speakers are welcome to contribute by giving a presentation without paper.


Part 1  |  September 15 & 16, 2022, Technical University Munich

This event was hosted by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Zimmermann (TU Munich), MSc Jakob Trauer (TU Munich).

Part 2  |  January 12 & 13, 2023, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

This event is hosted by Prof. Srinivasan Venkataraman (IIT Delhi), Prof. Vishal Singh (IIS Bagalore), Prof. Amaresh Chakrabarti (IIS Bangalore).


Event 1 deadlines (concluded)

  • Event 1 - TU Munich, Germany | September 15-16, 2022

Event 2 deadlines

  • Event 2 – IIS Bangalore, India    | January 12-13, 2023 
  • Abstract Submission Deadline      | December 01, 2022
  • Notification of Acceptance             | December 05, 2022

Contact for further information

Kilian Gericke -

Claudia Eckert - 

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