Design Computing and Cognition

AIEDAM Special Issue, Spring 2012, Vol.26, No.2

Edited by: Stephan Rudolph, Jeff Heisserman & Steve Culley

This special issue of AIEDAM aims to present cutting edge, state-of-the-art research in design computing and cognition from DCC'10, the Fourth International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition ( ).

Design is a fundamentally important topic in disciplines ranging from the more commonly associated fields of engineering, information technology and architecture, to emerging areas in the social sciences and life sciences. Design research aims to develop an understanding of designing and to produce models that can be used to aid designing.

Design research can be carried out in variety of ways. It can be viewed as largely an empirical endeavor in which experiments are designed and executed in order to test some hypothesis about some design phenomenon or design behavior. This is the approach adopted in cognitive science. The results of such research can form the basis of a computational model. A second view is that design research can be carried out by positing axioms and then deriving consequences from them. If the axioms can be mapped onto design situations then the consequences should follow. This is the approach adopted in mathematics and logic and forms the basis of a small but powerful area in design research. A third view, and the most common one in the computational domain, is that design research can be carried out by conjecturing design processes, constructing computational models of those processes and then examining the behaviors of the resulting computational systems.

Topics in design computing and cognition include, but are not limited to:

  • Agents in design
  • Artificial intelligence in design
  • Biologically-inspired design
  • Collaborative design
  • Cognitive theories applied to design
  • Computational theories applied to design
  • Creative design
  • Design in practice
  • Digital media in design
  • Evolutionary approaches in design
  • Games and design
  • Human cognition in design
  • Learning from human designers
  • Machine learning in design
  • Multi-modal design
  • Situated computing in design
  • Virtual environments in design
  • Visual and spatial reasoning in design

All DCC'10 contributors including plenary session paper, poster, and workshop authors are invited to submit significantly revised and extended papers, or completely new papers. Note that your conference papers must not be resubmitted unchanged as they are already covered by publishers copyright.

Submissions are not open to people who did not take part in the conference.

All submissions will be anonymously reviewed by at least three expert reviewers, and a selection for publication made on the basis of these reviews.

Information about the format and style required for AIEDAM papers can be found here.

However, note that all submissions for special issues go to the Guest Editors, and not to the Editor in Chief.

REVISED Important dates:
Conference finishes:25 Jul 2010
Intent to submit (Title and Abstract):As soon as possible after the Conference
Submission deadline for full papers:1 Mar 2011
Reviews due:1 Oct 2011
Notification and reviews to authors:15 Oct 2011
Revised paper due:1 Dec 2011
Issue to CUP:15 Dec 2011
Issues appears:Apr 2012
Guest editors:

Please direct all enquiries and submissions to the guest editors:

Stephan Rudolph
Institute for Statics and Dynamics of Aerospace Structures (ISD)
University of Stuttgart
Pfaffenwaldring 27
D-70569 Stuttgart
Email: rudolph @

Jeff Heisserman
The Boeing Company
P.O. Box 3707, 0R-MK
Seattle, WA 98124-2207
Email: Jeff.Heisserman @

Steve Culley
Head of Design and Manufacturing
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Bath
Email: enssjc @