For 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:
Forthcoming talks in the EDC Seminar series are now announced listed on Talks.cam.
Ian Hosking and Bill Nicholl win an inaugural University public engagement award for Designing Our Tomorrow, while John Clarkson and Nathan Crilly win an impact award for research on inclusive design.
Include or lose: a new article by the IET on inclusive design highlights the EDC's role in education and good design practice. March 2016.
Dr James Moultrie has been awarded an EPSRC grant for a project entitled Design for Additive Manufacturing (D4AM). January 2016.
EDC research sponsors Dr Andrea Siodmok (Head of the Policy Lab in the Cabinet Office) as a Policy Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy. January 2016.
Dr Per Ola Kristensson has been awarded an EPSRC grant for a project entitled Augmenting Communications using Environmental Data to drive Language Prediction (ACE-LP). September 2015.
Dr Nathan Crilly's research into design creativity featured in Fast Company magazine. April 2015.
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, 1–17.
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.
Chen, C.-C., & Crilly, N. (2016) Describing complex design practices with a cross-domain framework: learning from Synthetic Biology and Swarm Robotics. Research in Engineering Design.
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.
Clarkson, P. J. & Coleman, R. (2015) History of inclusive design in the UK, Applied Ergonomics, 46(B), 235-247.
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 (8 pages).