Design Process


The Design Process Special Interest Group aims to support industry in understanding, modelling and running design processes by bringing together a community of design researchers and interacting with industry by identifying research challenges in modeling and managing engineering processes and working together to resolve them. The SIG investigates strategies, approaches, methods, and tools for modelling, building up, optimising and managing design processes of complex engineering products.

The SIG members work closely with industry and the SIG wants to respond to the challenges of industry in guiding the research of its members and support practitioners directly through access to workshops and design publications. The SIG’s role is being a facilitator for networking, for identifying research needs, for developing research ideas, and for exchanging and discussing research results, by incorporating researchers and practitioners.


The Design Process SIG is interested in the role that product and process models can play in improving the performance of design processes of complex engineering products. It is interested in the use of product and process modelling as a means to support directing, controlling and managing engineering design processes.

Of interest are models generated specifically for process planning and management purposes as well as product models, such as function models, that are used to make key decisions about the product or the process that is required to create the product. As many of these models are linked or interconnected, the SIG specifically addresses integrated product and process models. We are open to all modelling approaches and address how the structure of different modelling approaches affect the models generated and the actions carried out based on these models. The SIG works closely with industry and aims to address issues arising from industrial practice.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kilian Gericke; University of Rostock, Germany (chair)
Prof. Dr. Claudia M. Eckert, Open University, UK (chair)
Prof. P. John Clarkson, University of Cambridge, UK
Prof. Felician Campean, University of Bradford, UK
Prof. Dr. Ola Isaksson, Chalmers University of Technology, GKN Aerospace Engine Systems, Sweden
Dr. David Wynn, University of Auckland, New Zealand


Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA

Mode of operation

Current activities
- Regular workshops addressing topics central to our field (process modelling, integrated models, fundamentals of process modeling, ...)
- Work on review papers
- Forum for PhD students in this field

- Active exchange between industrial and academic members
- Work on joint research project

Interaction via:
- e-mail
- SIG Workshops

Deliverables and benefits for our members:
- Networking (personal meetings, internships, etc.)
- Overview of ongoing research projects in our area
- Literature database providing an overview of most relevant literature in our area (using Mendeley)
- Visibility of your work in the right context
- Focussed feedback on your work
- Joint publications
- Joint research proposals
- Events
- Exchange between industry and academia

Type of events

Regular meetings
- workshops at ICED and DESIGN Conference
- SIG workshops hosted by members or industry partners
- Hybrid events and online meetings

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