Design For Life


The ICED 15 programme committee will organize sessions that cover substantial, original and previously unpublished research on the traditional topics of ICED conferences:

Design processes

  • Models;
  • Strategies;
  • Management;
  • Innovation engineering;
  • Trans-disciplinary processes;
  • Industrial design.

Design Research Applications and Case Studies

  • Design practice;
  • Transfer of design research methods into industry;
  • Best practice;
  • Industry case studies;
  • Applications to complex engineered systems;
  • Applications of design research across industry domains.

Design theory and research methodology

  • Design theories and approaches;
  • Design research methodologies and methods;
  • Experiments in design;
  • Evaluation of theories,
  • Approaches and methods.

Design organisation and management

  • Organisational understanding;
  • Design and optimisation of organisational processes;
  • Design of workspaces to manage product development;
  • Market and business implications, management of innovation and complexity;
  • Risk assessment and management;
  • Social responsibility and ethics of designing.

Products, services and systems design

  • Product and system modelling;
  • Structural complexity;
  • Product architectures / platform design / modularisation / product family design;
  • Product-service systems (PSS);
  • Design and service engineering;
  • Systems engineering and design.

Design methods and tools

  • Design tactics and methods;
  • Requirements management;
  • User orientation, user integration;
  • Evaluation and decision making;
  • Modelling and simulation methods;
  • Virtual product development;
  • Usage and integration of supportive technologies,
  • Bio-inspired design.

Design for X, design to X

  • Sustainability;
  • Ecodesign;
  • Design for social sustainability;
  • DtX (to properties) – cost, time, quality, flexibility, etc.;
  • DfX (for lifecycle) – manufacturing, assembly, testing, use, recycling etc.;
  • Design for new technologies (e.g. design for additive manufacturing).

Design information and knowledge

  • Knowledge-intensive design;
  • Design knowledge and collaboration;
  • Representation of design information and knowledge;
  • Information and knowledge management.

Human behaviour in design

  • Designers’ thinking, motivations and skills;
  • Creativity and innovative thinking;
  • Teamwork in design;
  • Collaborative and participatory design;
  • Communication in design;
  • Design for emotion and experience;
  • Design cognition.

Design education

  • Teaching examples and experiments;
  • Education experiences,
  • Plans and visions;
  • Training in design (academic and industrial).

The ICED 15 program committee will organize sessions that cover substantial, original and previously unpublished research on the traditional topics of ICED conferences… To read more click on the title.

Papers will be classified according to the usual streams that have been adopted in previous ICED conferences. The conference programme and calendar, however, will also be set up in relation to the conference themes, with the aim of having each of the days of the conference being associated to one of the three subthemes:

Keynote Speakers and details… To read more click on the title.


Preview BoA

The Programme & Abstracts Book is now available. You can find detailed information about abstracts and speakers, sessions, logistics and other conference events. VIEW



HERE you find the information to download the APP of the The official guide to ICED 15.



Explanation of the Conference Programme Layout. VIEW

List of events (click on titles for details)

  1. Assessing Creativity in Design Studio projects (Design Education and Design Creativity SIGs)
  2. Bio-inspired design (Design Creativity SIG)
  3. Collaborative Design Methods and Training (Collaborative Design SIG)
  4. Core readings in design and product development and risk management (Risk Management Processes and Methods in Design SIG)
  5. Decision making models as a basis for idecide – the new Decision Making App (Decision Making SIG)
  6. 2025 – Grand visions & challenges of Modelling & Management of Engineering Processes (MMEP SIG)
  7. ECO Design: Eco-innovation methodologies and application – a natural complement to ecodesign? Jointly organised by the Ecodesign SIG and UNEP (ECO Design SIG)
  8. Emotional Engineering: Creating Life beyond Products (Emotional Engineering SIG)
  9. Methodology for Design, Integration, Modeling and Simulation of Cyber Physical Systems (Design Cyber Physical Systems SIG)
  10. Robust embodiment design. How to design location schemes and part to part interfaces in a robust manner (Robust Design SIG)
  11. Set up of research studies in the field of HBiD (Human Behaviour in Design SIG)
  12. Socio-technical framework for collaborative engineering design (Collaborative Design SIG)


By tradition, tutorial sessions at ICED conference aim to bring together users and experts in interactive sessions elaborating specific topics. Tutorials will be organised to promote integration of different views, approaches and methods. Tutorial coordinators could invite selected presentations and demonstrations in order to stimulate the debate as well as to propose any format of delivery that inspires interaction. ICED15 welcomes every participant to the Special Event – Tutorial-Style Workshops.


List of events… To read more click on the title.

- Set new visions or challenge established views of design within the community!
- Share opinions and exchange ideas on vital design community topics!
- Meet international young people working in design research and practice!


Speakers are invited to give dynamic, short talks (7 min) with the help of multimedia
(e.g. video, images, etc.) that describe their vision for how design research can impact:
- Contented Life
- Healthy Life
- Sustainable Life


In sharing their vision, speakers should include the following elements in their talk:
- What is your coolest design project (past / current / future dream project) that illustrates this vision?
- How will your vision contribute to the future of design research and/or practice?
- How will your vision improve lives?

Note to speakers: This presentation does not necessarily have to correspond to your current or past research projects or work. It is open to allow you to present new ideas, directions and hurdles that need to be overcome to achieve your future vision of design research and practice for life.


Speakers will include participants of the ICED15 conference and the local design, engineering and business community. Masters students, PhD students, Post Docs and other young people, i.e. up to and including seven years from their last degree, are invited to apply. Up to 10 spaces are available to broadcast your vision on “Design for Life”!


Please send a title and one paragraph description of your proposed talk on Design for Life addressing the questions above before 15 May 2015 14 June 2015 to with the Subject “ICED 15 YM Event”. Please include your current position, e.g PhD student and year, Post-Doc and year, or industry position. The participants will be selected based on the originality and visionary nature of the proposal.


Applicants will be notified by email of the talk acceptance by 1 July 2015. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ACCEPTED TALKS.

Aims,format, participants and application.. To read more click on the title.

The PhD Forum is now in its third year and gives PhD students the opportunity to discuss their work, as well as ask for feedback on more specific issues or challenges. This is framed in a group discussion, giving participants insight into how others are approaching related topics. Feedback is provided by experienced scholars as well as by the participant’s peers. This is all combined into a vibrant workshop where participants can explore their subject and network with other young researchers.
• To foster the exchange of ideas and research approaches between younger researchers
• To provide opportunities for discussing personal research topics, methodologies and potential problems with experienced scholars
• To enhance networking and collaboration

The PhD Forum is now in its third year and gives PhD students the opportunity to discuss their work… To read more click on the title.

The Design Society (DS) will hold its General Meeting on Wednesday, 29th July, 2015, starting at 04:30 pm. Members of the DS Advisory Board (AB), both of the “old” and “new” AB, will have a brief meeting after the DS General Meeting. Afterwards, the DS Board of Management (members both of the “old” and “new” BM) will hold a short meeting.

The Design Society (DS) will hold its General Meeting on Wednesday, 29th July… To read more click on the title.

Don’t lose the opportunity to visit EXPO after ICED2015.
If you registered to ICED2015 before 15th March 2015 and you confirmed your intention to join the EXPO visit, you’ll find a complimentary ticket for you and your accompanying persons in your personal envelope.
Those who are interested to purchase further tickets can proceed through the EXPO website.

The complimentary ticket are open date, this means that you can decide to organize your visit when it is more convenient for you. However, it is recommended to confirm the date of your access through the section MyExpo (on EXPO website).

If you need any assistance on this issue, please visit the ICED2015 Registration Desk: during every afternoon coffee break our staff will provide you with information and support concerning the Expo visit.


Intro on EXPO

Since 1851, the “World Exposition” fair shows to the world the mankind’s technologic development in different fields.
This year, Milan hosts this fair dedicated to the theme “Feeding the planet, energy for life”. 145 countries and 3 International Organizations show their vision about food culture in the past and in the future, working in a multi-ethnic world to solve the collective food problem.

“Expo 2015” is organized in Pavilions and Clusters devoted to food themes and sustainability for the future. ICED organizing team has selected for you a path to get a comprehensive overview on the Expo buildings and contents on Friday 31st in the morning. You will have plenty of time to visit the interior of your favourite pavilions in the afternoon and in the evening by yourself with your closest colleagues and friends.



Meeting point and Travelling

Rho Fiera Milano hosts the “Expo Milano 2015” fair. The fastest way to reach the site is travelling by train. We suggest to travel in groups of about 50 people. Trains leave from Villapizzone train station, just behind the conference marquee.

MEETING POINT: Bovisa Campus, conference marquee (plenary sessions), Friday 31st July at 09:00 AM.
DEPARTURE (Destination EXPO): Milano Villapizzone train station (5 minutes walking from Bovisa Campus).
TRAINS: eight trains per hour.
ARRIVAL: Rho Fiera EXPO Milano 2015 train station (2 stops).

We plan to complete the tour around 2 PM and get back to Bovisa Campus by 2:30 PM. Those who like to continue the visit can enjoy Expo until 11PM. The last train to Milano Villapizzone is at 11:58 PM.

Please consider that for security reasons an ID card or passport is required to access the Expo area and it is not allowed to enter with dangerous objects (as in international airports).

Don’t lose the opportunity to visit EXPO after ICED2015… To read more click on the title.

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