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Engineering Design Centre


Good design is fundamental to product success and improvements in people and processes are just as vital for the health of a business as developments in technology. The Cambridge Engineering Design Centre delivers practical tools and methods to industry, based on rigorous research and a deep understanding of engineering design.

The Centre's research and knowledge transfer activities are coordinated within the groups listed below:

Read more at: Aeronautical Design Group

Aeronautical Design Group

Faster, cleaner, safer flight The aim of this group is to research the role of computational models in the delivery of highly interactive technical systems: by developing high performance design optimisation approaches; by studying the use of robust computational design in aerospace systems; by...

Read more at: Automotive Design Group

Automotive Design Group

Driving new vehicle designs The aim of this group is to research the role of interaction design in the delivery of increasingly sophisticated vehicles: by modelling driver behaviour to assist the design of inclusive, user-centred interfaces; by reducing the impact of vibration on the use of...

Read more at: Change Management Group

Change Management Group

Modelling change in products The Change Management Group researches the impact of change propagation in complex systems made up of components, activities or people. In particular, we are researching how knowledge of change propagation can influence the development of product architectures and...

Read more at: Computational Design Group

Computational Design Group

Integrated optimisation methods and tools The aim of this group is to improve the design process and designed products by effectively exploiting the potential of computational synthesis, search, optimisation and analysis tools to support and enhance the creativity and decision-making of engineering...

Read more at: Design Management Group

Design Management Group

Managing design to create better products The Design Management Group researches the role of understanding and improving the way the ways in which design and new product development are managed on the successful delivery of new products and services. In particular, we are researching how such...

Read more at: Design Practice Group

Design Practice Group

Relating designers, artefacts and users The Design Practice Group researches the relationships between designers, artefacts and users. In particular, we study the following practices: the specification of artefacts by designers (and also how designers consider users in that process); the...

Read more at: Healthcare Design Group

Healthcare Design Group

Design for quality and safety The Healthcare Design Group researches the role of systems thinking in the UK Health Service as a means to deliver safe, effective and affordable care. In particular, we are researching how to define and embed an evidence-based systems engineering culture in the UK...

Read more at: Inclusive Design Group

Inclusive Design Group

Countering design exclusion The Inclusive Design Group researches the interplay between the demands products make of their users and the diverse range of capabilities of those users. In particular, we are researching how knowledge of inclusive design thinking in the design and retail community can...

Read more at: Intelligent Interactive Systems Group

Intelligent Interactive Systems Group

Designing, building and studying interactive systems We focus on understanding how to design interactive systems that enable people to be more creative, expressive and satisfied in their daily lives. We build systems that amplify people's ability to efficiently interact with computer systems...

Read more at: Process Management Group

Process Management Group

Improving design process performance The Process Management Group researches the role and nature of process modelling in the successful delivery of new products and services. In particular, we are researching how the modelling and analysis of design processes can influence the timely introduction...