Theme: Enhancing design through the 4th industrial revolution thinking

The goal of the 30th CIRP Design Conference is to review and discuss the design principles of Industry 4.0 within the context of factories and manufacturing facilities. It will further highlight the networking, information transparency and interoperability of the components for machines, devices, sensors, and people to connect and communicate with each other via the Internet of Things (IoT) or the Internet of People (IoP). Topics will focus on scientific approaches, technical issues for methods and tools with respect to new socio-environmental and economic impacts as well as human awareness in the modern organizations. Contributions on advanced approaches for human-centered design, rapid industrialization, products and multi-process are welcome. The conference will also challenge the definition of new software tools and information environments to take into account more appropriate technologies and better integration of usability engineering. The main topics and subtopics are as follows:

1. Design for enhancing the 4th industrial revolution thinking
  • Big data for design
  • Internet-of-Things (IoT) and data representation design
  • Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and design
  • Knowledge-based and agent-based systems design
  • Energy efficiency design
  • Design for rapid industrialization
  • Human-centered design
  • Networking of smart production systems, smart factories, smart logistics, smart products and services
  • Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and haptics
  • Appropriate technology design
3. Design methodology and tools
  • Managing complexity – size, requirements, constraints, variants, multidisciplinary and many stakeholders
  • Product and production system architecture
  • Modularization
  • Model-based systems engineering
  • Design process management and organization
  • Collaborative and distributed product development
  • Simulation driven design
  • Virtual engineering, and manufacturing
  • Bio-inspired design
  • Artificial intelligence and design
  • Optimization in design
  • Tolerancing
5. Design to X
  • Smart products
  • Design of Product-Service Systems (PSS) and Industrial Product-Service Systems (IPSS)
  • Design of factory, smart factory and manufacturing systems
  • Design of mechatronics and systems
7. Design education
  • Design education and learning factories
  • Design theory and methodology for design education
  • Industry and academia cooperation in design research and education
  • Gamification and model-based learning
9. Emerging issues
2. Design theory
  • Design theory and development processes
  • Theories for conceptual design and their application
4. Design for X
  • Design for additive, adaptable and hybrid manufacturing
  • Design for mass-customization and personalization
  • Design for life cycle and circular economies
  • Design for sustainability, quality management and lean manufacturing
  • Design for de- and re-manufacturing
  • Design for manufacturing, reconfigurable and assembly
  • Design for robustness, quality assurance and metrology
  • Design for user-friendliness and user-experience
  • Design for human-robot collaboration
  • Design for ergonomics
6. Creativity and emotion in design
  • Methods for disruptive innovation
  • Human interaction in design and visualization
  • Creative design methods (TRIZ, bio-inspired, …)
  • Industrial design for customer feelings and emotions
8.Case studies and industrial experiences