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Center for e-Design (eDesign)

Brigham Young University

Iowa State University

Oregon State University

Penn State University

University at Buffalo-SUNY

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Wayne State University

Last Reviewed: 06/19/2017

The Center for e-Design creates and develops new design paradigms and electronic design tools that will assist in generating high quality products and systems at a reduced cost while also reducing the time associated with designing complex engineering products and systems.

Center Mission and Rationale

The mission of the Center for e-Design is to serve as a nationally recognized center of excellence in design where innovation and creativity are integrated with fundamental principles of science, mathematics, and engineering in the development, testing, and implementation of new methods and technologies for the design of products and systems focused on faster time-to-market, better product quality, and significantly reduced costs

The Center for e-Design focuses its efforts in three major areas to deliver value to its industry/government partners:

  1. Fundamental Research focuses on creating methods, tools, and technologies to address industry relevant needs in e-tools-enabled product development and realization including: enabling information infrastructure; new design paradigms and processes; design optimization; visualizing and virtual prototyping.
  2. Research Testbed focuses on integration of interdisciplinary research activities to validate developed tools, methods, and technologies.
  3. Engineering Education and Technology Transfers, which focus on educating a new generation of engineers and scientists proficient in e-design and rapidly transferring results into usable applications for industry and government.

Research program

Design Education

The objective is to prepare students to take on current and future challenges of engineering design. Research in this area focuses on methods and tools that improve design pedagogy and systems to support students' skills and knowledge in design methods, both locally and in distant and distributed design educational environments. Sample research includes:

  • Computer, social networking, and teleconferencing tools to facilitate smooth, efficient, and productive operation of design teams
  • Means to improve students’ ability to understand and solve problems that are ill-defined and complex
  • Impacts of project choice and problem context on student learning and engagement

 

Design Optimization

The objective is to develop a system that will assist in the generation and optimal evaluation of design alternatives, design process structures, and design configurations. Research in this area focuses on material selection, multiattribute tradeoffs, conflict modeling and resolution, complex system-level optimization management, preference modeling, and uncertainty incorporation. Sample research includes:

  • Ergonomics and cognitive tools
  • Economic and supply chain models
  • Material characteristics and constraints
  • Conflict management and negotiations
  • Conceptual design tools and design process models

 

Enabling Information Infrastructure

The objective is to develop an e-design platform that will seamlessly and dynamically integrate distributed design objects and engineering tools over the Internet. Research in this area focuses on modeling, managing, mining, and displaying complex, multidimensional, and multi-level information. Sample research includes:

  • Collaboration among design stakeholders
  • Interoperability of remote and heterogeneous systems
  • Scalability, extensibility, and portability of engineered tools
  • Information security management model

 

New Design Paradigms and Processes

The objective is to develop a design paradigm to support functionality-based design and reasoning in the conceptual design phase of product development. Research in this area addresses challenges in the development of a new design system that provides for direct participation of customers, automatic accommodation of preferences, scalability, flexibility, efficient collaboration, and multidisciplinary product design evolution. Sample research includes:

  • Function-Based Design
  • From Form to Function
  • Product Data Modeling
  • Hybrid Representation for Subscription-Based Information Flow
  • Engineering Knowledge Modeling

 

Visualizing and Virtual Prototyping

The objective of the Visualizing and Virtual Prototyping research thrust is to develop product realization tools that will optimize time-to-market of new products and support overall cost-effective product design. Research in this area focuses on the development of tools to support the realization, testing, and manufacturing of products in a rapid mode compatible with advancement in design tools. Sample research includes:

  • Virtual prototyping of complex parts
  • Product behavior models
  • Computer visualization
  • Human/computer interaction

 

Locations

University of Massachusetts Amherst

160 Governors Dr.

Amherst, Massachusetts, 01003

United States

University at Buffalo-SUNY

5 Norton Hall

Buffalo, New York, 14260-4400

United States

Brigham Young University

435F CTB

Provo, Utah, 84602

United States

801-422-7135

Wayne State University

4815 Fourth St.
Rm. 2067

Detroit, Michigan, 48202

United States

Iowa State University

3004 Black Engineering Bldg.

Ames, Iowa, 50011-2164

United States

Oregon State University

204 Rogers Hall

Corvallis, Oregon, 97331-6001

United States

Penn State University

310 Leonhard Building

University Park, Pennsylvania, 16802

United States

814-865-2106