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Cambridge Engineering Design Centre



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:

Significant prior knowledge is required to design a jet engine

Knowledge Management Group

Aylmer Johnson

Capture, storage and retrieval of engineering knowledge

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

A phychiatrist's hands holding the palm of her patient

Healthcare Design Group

Professor P John Clarkson

Design for quality and safety

A designer at work

Design Practice Group

Dr Nathan Crilly

Relating designers, artefacts and users

A design team discussing project issues

Design Managment 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

Extreme mountain biking demands expert mechanical design

Product Design Group

Dr Digby Symons

Innovative mechanical design

Latest news

Forthcoming talks in the EDC Seminar series are announced.

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.

Recent publications

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. 

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).