Supporting the arly stages of the product desgn process: Using an integrated collaborative environment

Julian P. Malins, Aggelos Liapis, Julia Kantorovitch, Panos Markopoulous, Richard Laing, Alexandros Didaskalou, Karin Coninx, Fiona Maciver

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Existing technologies designed to support professional product designers focus mainly on the modelling stages of the design process, while the early conceptual stages remain relatively unexplored. There is a need for seamlessly integrating product development tasks into a comprehensive collaborative computer supported design environment that can assist professional product designers. To address this need, a new research and development project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework programme has been launched, entitled Collaborative Creative Design Platform (COnCEPT). The research aims to address the technology gap by defining a flexible framework, which can serve as a blueprint for the development of efficient collaborative computer supported environments. The COnCEPT platform will use advanced data-mining algorithms to find appropriate text and visual information to support product designers at the early stages of the design process, making use of past solutions, market data and new emerging technologies. The software will convert the available and contributed information into a form making it accessible to the design team. The project will investigate which interaction techniques are most suited to specific situations and activities, and how they can be combined in one integrated environment. This paper identifies the key design challenges facing the project team, and describes the theoretical basis for the COnCEPT platform’s development. The paper also sets out the methodological approach that has been adopted by the researchers, which includes specialists from design, architecture, informatics, and interface design. The research will be evaluated with professional product designers and undergraduate design students. The potential use of a collaborative design platform and its implications for design pedagogy is also explored in the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th International conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE14)
Subtitle of host publicationDesign Education and Human Technology Relations
EditorsErik Bohemia, Arthur Eger, Wouter Eggink, Ahmed Kovacevic, Brian Parkinson, Wessel Wits
Pages166-171
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event16th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education, E&PDE 2014 - Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 4 Sep 20145 Sep 2014
Conference number: 15

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Conference16th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education, E&PDE 2014
Abbreviated titleE&PDE 2014
CountryNetherlands
CityEnschede
Period4/09/145/09/14

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Malins, J. P., Liapis, A., Kantorovitch, J., Markopoulous, P., Laing, R., Didaskalou, A., ... Maciver, F. (2014). Supporting the arly stages of the product desgn process: Using an integrated collaborative environment. In E. Bohemia, A. Eger, W. Eggink, A. Kovacevic, B. Parkinson, & W. Wits (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE14): Design Education and Human Technology Relations (pp. 166-171)
Malins, Julian P. ; Liapis, Aggelos ; Kantorovitch, Julia ; Markopoulous, Panos ; Laing, Richard ; Didaskalou, Alexandros ; Coninx, Karin ; Maciver, Fiona. / Supporting the arly stages of the product desgn process: Using an integrated collaborative environment. Proceedings of the 16th International conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE14): Design Education and Human Technology Relations. editor / Erik Bohemia ; Arthur Eger ; Wouter Eggink ; Ahmed Kovacevic ; Brian Parkinson ; Wessel Wits. 2014. pp. 166-171
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Malins, JP, Liapis, A, Kantorovitch, J, Markopoulous, P, Laing, R, Didaskalou, A, Coninx, K & Maciver, F 2014, Supporting the arly stages of the product desgn process: Using an integrated collaborative environment. in E Bohemia, A Eger, W Eggink, A Kovacevic, B Parkinson & W Wits (eds), Proceedings of the 16th International conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE14): Design Education and Human Technology Relations. pp. 166-171, 16th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education, E&PDE 2014, Enschede, Netherlands, 4/09/14.

Supporting the arly stages of the product desgn process: Using an integrated collaborative environment. / Malins, Julian P.; Liapis, Aggelos; Kantorovitch, Julia; Markopoulous, Panos; Laing, Richard; Didaskalou, Alexandros; Coninx, Karin; Maciver, Fiona.

Proceedings of the 16th International conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE14): Design Education and Human Technology Relations. ed. / Erik Bohemia; Arthur Eger; Wouter Eggink; Ahmed Kovacevic; Brian Parkinson; Wessel Wits. 2014. p. 166-171.

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Malins JP, Liapis A, Kantorovitch J, Markopoulous P, Laing R, Didaskalou A et al. Supporting the arly stages of the product desgn process: Using an integrated collaborative environment. In Bohemia E, Eger A, Eggink W, Kovacevic A, Parkinson B, Wits W, editors, Proceedings of the 16th International conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE14): Design Education and Human Technology Relations. 2014. p. 166-171