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Engineering Design Centre


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 ten distinct groups, addressing a broad range of methodological approaches, professional practices and industry sectors:

Multiobjective optimisation is required to design a nuclear power plant

Computational Design Group

Dr Geoff Parks

Integrated optimisation methods and tools

A complex design process is required for major building projects

Process Management Group

Professor P John Clarkson

Improving design process performance

An excavator is a complex interconnected system

Change Management Group

Professor P John Clarkson

Modelling change in products

A designer at work

Design Practice Group

Dr Nathan Crilly

Relating designers, artefacts and users

A design team discussing project issues

Design Management Group

Dr James Moultrie

Managing design to create better products

A design team brainstorming in a creative office

Intelligent Interactive Systems Group

Dr Per Ola Kristensson

Designing, building and studying interactive systems

Aeronautical engineering effects all aspects of aircraft design

Aeronautical Design Group

Dr Jerome Jarrett

Faster, cleaner, safer flight

Forthcoming events

Latest news

Per Ola Kristensson promoted to Professorship as of 1 October 2019.

John Clarkson is awarded the Sir Misha Black Medal for his significant contribution to design education. November 2018.

Timoleon Kipouros is featured in CFMS Newsletter's article Shining the Spotlight. July 2018.

Recent publications 

Hassannezhad M, Cantamessa M, Montagna F, Clarkson PJ (2019). Managing Socio-Technical Complexity in Engineering Design Projects, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 141(8).

Clarkson PJ (2018). What has engineering design to say about healthcare improvement?, Design Science, 4: e17.

Munk DJ, Kipouros T, Vio GA, Parks GT & Steven GP (2018). On the effect of fluid-structure interactions and choice of algorithm in multi-physics topology optimisation, Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, 145: 32-54.

Dudley JJ, Schuff H & Kristensson PO (2018). Bare-handed 3D drawing in augmented reality, in Proceedings of the 13th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems. ACM Press.

Pradel P, Zhu Z, Bibb R & Moultrie J (2018). Investigation of design for additive manufacturing in professional design practice, Journal of Engineering Design, online.

Yang M, Rana & Evans S (2018). Engineering for Sustainable Value, in Value Creation through Engineering Excellence. Palgrave Macmillan.

Revell K, Langdon P, Bradley M, Politis I, Brown J & Stanton N (2018). User Centered Ecological Interface Design, in  Intelligent Human Systems Integration. Springer.