MANAGING COMPLEXITY

BY MODELLING DEPENDENCIES

The DSM Conference 2010 is organized and hosted by the Engineering Design Center at the University of Cambridge in collaboration with Technische Universität München. For the fourth time now, the conference is  an event endorsed by the Design Society.

 

University of Cambridge, Engineering Design Center

The Cambridge Engineering Design Centre (EDC) undertakes research to create knowledge, understanding, methods and tools that will contribute to improving the design process. This is achieved through:

  • Innovative fundamental and applied research;
  • Knowledge transfer via education, training, publications and industrial collaboration; an
  • Promotion of the importance and benefits of engineering design in the UK.

The EDC currently comprises over 70 staff and students, including many working on DSM-related research. We work with companies in a variety of sectors including aerospace and healthcare, and collaborate with many universities worldwide. For more information on our research activities see: www-edc.eng.cam.ac.uk/research/

 

Technische Universität München, Institute of Product Development

Situated in the Faculty for Mechanical Engineering, the Institute of Product Development has been active in of design methodology research for over forty years now. As part of its core activities, the research group "Systems Engineering" has been working on models, methods and tools to make complexity management more efficient and achievable. The institute is part of the Technische Universität München, which was recently selected as an "Elite-Research Institute" by the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments.



The Design Society

The design society was founded to contribute to a broad and established understanding of development and design, and to promote the use of results and knowledge from research on engineering design for the good of humanity. The Design Society focuses on the promotion of cooperation between researchers, professionals and instructors, the organization of international and national conferences and workshops, and the establishment and support of "branches" (regional activities) and "special interest groups or SIGs" (international, thematically defined activities), the active support of research, practice, management, and continued education in development and design; the work of the Design Society furthermore is concerned with advocating publications and the promotion of their distribution, with the compilation of a knowledge database, and with the cooperation with other similar organizations.

 

Special Interest Group "Managing Structural Complexity"

The event is, in part, organized by members of the Special Interest Group "Managing Structural Complexity" under the roof of the Design Society (see above). The Special Interest Group (SIG) is chaired by Udo Lindemann, Steven Eppinger and Matthias Kreimeyer. Its purpose is to bring together researchers focused on research and application of managing complex structures such as product architectures, process networks or organisational structures. The SIG focuses on how structural patterns can be recognised, modeled, analysed, improved and purposefully put into use in the context of engineering design.

 

DSMweb.org

Although no organization per se, the community portal DSMweb.org is the bridgehead between the members of the DSM Community and its events, as all members are invited to take an active role and shape the future of our community as an enabler to new activities and different formats of the DSM Conference that suit the needs of all future developments. Furthermore, most past conference proceedings are archived there.