For more than twenty-five years the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre (EDC) has undertaken fundamental and applied research to generate knowledge that improves the design process. Our work is driven both by intellectual curiosity and industrial collaboration, resulting in understanding, methods and tools that shape design theory and design practice.
The EDC engages in knowledge transfer activities through publications, education, training and ongoing engagements with government and other public institutions. More generally, we promote the value of engineering design in the UK and beyond, and the value of design education and design research.
The EDC represents thirteen distinct groups, addressing a broad range of methodological approaches, professional practices and industry sectors:
EDC seminar list for 2016/2017 is available at talks.cam.
Healthcare Design featured in thebmj (p6-7) and presented at the inaugural Health Foundation conference. January 2017.
Laurence Cook wins Student Paper Award at major AIAA conference. January 2017.
Inclusive Design impacts online shopping, the new hero image beats conventional pack shots. October 2016.
The EDC celebrates 25 years with the launch of a new book. September 2016.
The Design Practice Group publishes a 'primer' on the design and science of complex systems. September 2016.
Vasconcelos, L. A., Cardoso, C. C., Sääksjärvi, M., Chen, C.-C., & Crilly, N. (2017). Inspiration and fixation: the influences of example designs and system properties in idea generation, Journal of Mechanical Design, 139 (3) 031101.
Maier, J.F., Eckert, C.M. & Clarkson, P.J. (2017). Model granularity in engineering design - concepts and framework, Design Science, 10.1017/dsj.2016.16.
Yaping Ju, Y., Qin, R., Kipouros, T., Parks, G. & Zhang, C. (2016) A high-dimensional design optimisation method for centrifugal impellers, Proc IMechE Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, 230(3), 272–288.
Liu, Y., Srai, J. S. & Evans, S. (2016). Environmental management: the role of supply chain capabilities in the auto sector, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 21(1), 1–19.
Moultrie, J. (2015) Understanding and classifying the role of design demonstrators in scientific exploration, Technovation, 43–44, 1–16.
Caddy, O., Fitton, W., Symons, D., Purnell, A. & Gordon, D. (2015) The effects of forward rotation of posture on computer-simulated 4-km track cycling: Implications of Union Cycliste Internationale rule 1.3.013., Proc IMechE Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 1–11.
Jarrett, J. P. & Ghisu, T. (2015) Balancing Configuration and Refinement in the Design of Two-Spool Multistage Compression Systems, Journal of Turbomachinery, 137(9), 091008.