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6th International Conference on Research into Design (ICoRD '17) Design for communities 9-11 January 2017, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India.

Date: -

Venue: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India., India

Series: ICoRD

Design is ubiquitous; it pervades all spheres of life, and has been around as long as life has taken up the task of purposefully changing the world around it. Research into design and the emergence of a research community in this area has been relatively new. Its development has been influenced by the multiple facets of design (human, artefact, process, organisation, the micro- and macro economy and the ecology by which design is shaped) and the associated diversification of the community depending on the facets of focus or that of their applications. Design is complex, balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders, and requiring a multitude of areas of knowledge to be utilised, and resources spread across space and time.

ICoRD '17 is the sixth in a series of conferences intended to be held every two years in India to bring together the international community from diverse areas of design practice, education and research. It aims to showcase cutting edge research about design to the stakeholders; aid the ongoing process of developing and extending the collective vision through emerging research challenges and questions; and provide a platform for interaction, collaboration and development of the community in order for it to take up the challenges to realize the vision. The conference is intended for all stakeholders of design, and in particular for its practitioners, researchers, pupils and educators.

The theme of ICoRD '17 is “Design for communities”. While Design traditionally focused on the development of products for the individual, the emerging consensus on working towards a more sustainable world demands greater attention to designing for and with communities, so as to promote their sustenance and harmony - within each community and across communities. ICoRD'17 is hosted at the foothills of the Himalayas in the North-East of India, which is home to myriad linguistic and cultural communities with their own traditions, heritage and aspiration. It is only appropriate that the theme for ICoRD '17 aligns with this ambiance.

The conference will have:
• Invited/keynote presentations from eminent international experts and practitioners;
• Presentations of refereed papers as podium, poster, panel or theme presentations;
• Industrial sessions to present perspectives from industry and studies in practice.
• Presentation of ICoNNN Awards and Keynotes
• Doctoral Symposium
• Networking Sessions for Young researchers

The organizing committee invites submissions of research papers in all areas of design. This includes all dimensions, e.g., people, product, tools, processes, economies and environments of design, with research results contributing to its understanding and support. Some example topics are listed below:

• Design Theory and Research Methodology
• Human factors in Design
• Design for X (Safety, Manufacture & Assembly, Cost , Reliability etc.)
• Enabling Technologies & Tools (Computer Aided Conceptual Design, Virtual Reality, Haptics, etc)
• Design Management, Knowledge Management and Product Life Cycle Management, Design Analytics
• Applications in Practice (Automotive, Aerospace, Biomedical Devices, MEMS, etc.)
• Eco-Design, Sustainable Manufacturing, Design for Sustainability
• Design Creativity, Synthesis, Evaluation and Optimisation
• Design Lexicon, Taxonomy, Ontology
• Design Collaboration and Communication
• Design Aesthetics, Semiotics, Semantics
• Design Training and Education

Prospective authors should send an abstract of their paper (500 words) including paper title and author details, by uploading the abstract on the conference management tool latest by 15 February 2016, through the ICoRD '17 website:

All abstracts will be checked for their novelty and relevance for ICoRD '17; all papers relevant to the conference with novel content will be asked to submit full paper for peer-review. Authors will be notified of the acceptance decision of their abstract by 1 March 2016, which can be checked by the authors by logging into the conference management tool on the website.

A Poster/flyer for ICoRD '17 is available for download here - Please feel free to download, print and display this poster in your department premises for a broader visibility of the conference.

Important Dates:

Submission of abstracts: 15 February 2016
Acceptance decision of abstracts: 1 March 2016
Full papers: 1 May 2016
Acceptance decision for full papers: 1 August 2016
Copyright form and final paper submission: 1 September 2016
Early Bird Registration (Mandatory for at least one author per paper): 15 September 2016
Conference: 9-11 January 2017

For More Information, Contact:

Conference Chair:
Prof Debkumar Chakrabarti,
Department of Design,
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India;
Tel: +91 361 2582 453;

Programme Chair:
Amaresh Chakrabarti,
Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India;
Tel: +91 80 2293 3406; Fax : +91 80 2360 1975;

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