ICED21: The 23rd International Conference on Engineering Design

Gothenburg, Sweden

16th - 20th August 2021

Papers now available at

Proceedings of the Design Society: Volume 1 - | Cambridge Core

The forthcoming International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED21, is the forum where the design community comes together to share insights, discover new ideas, create new design ventures, and form friendships. We invite high-quality submissions for ICED21, covering substantial, original and previously unpublished research. We are looking forward to including applied, theoretical, and results-oriented papers from both academia and industry into the conference programme.

Conference theme: Design in Motion

Our society is in motion, more now than ever before, with societal challenges fundamentally altering the conditions for designers and product developers. Designers have a critical role in understanding and proactively responding to this motion, transforming our society for a sustainable quality of life for all. The economy is turning circular and products are being designed to be sustainable, connected and intelligent. The way we produce and use energy and information radically changes both our products and the way they are designed. Adapting products to social and health development, highlights the importance of design for human wellbeing. As such we design “solutions” rather than “products”, and in many ways ‘Design is in Motion’.


The conference will address this theme through the following key challenges - Sustainable Design and the Circular Economy; Design for Health and Wellbeing; Design for Societal Transformation; and, Design in the Data Driven Economy.

We invite you to embrace the conference theme of ‘Design in Motion’ and submit full papers addressing the topics listed below. For ICED21 the topics include those used in previous conferences but new topics that specifically focus on the conference theme have also been included. The conference programme will encompass keynote speeches, workshops organized by the DS Special Interest Groups, paper presentations, discussion sessions, and awards for distinguished papers and presentations. The conference will also feature a ‘Market Place’ which will give the opportunity to demonstrate current research activity and design tools. All accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings, published by Cambridge University Press.

  • Agile Design and Manufacturing Practices 
  • AI and the Data Driven Economy - Industry 4.0
  • Data Driven Design 
  • Design and Mobility
  • Design Creativity
  • Design Education
  • Design for Healthcare
  • Design for Sustainability
  • Design Information and Knowledge
  • Design Management
  • Design Methodology
  • Design Methods and Tools
  • Design Processes
  • Human Behaviour in Design
  • Next Generation Systems
  • Society, Health and Wellbeing 
  • Systems Design

Organising Committee ICED21 

Organising Committee ICED21 is hosted  by Chalmers university of technology in Gothenburg and the Department of the Industrial and Materials Science. The organizational committee also engages the Department of Technology Management and Economics, the Wingquist laboratory and the Swedish Product Development Academy. 

  • Ola Isaksson (Conference Chair)
  • Lars Almefelt
  • Dag Bergsjö
  • Cecilia Berlin
  • Andreas Dagman
  • Göran Gustafsson
  • Johan Malmqvist
  • Massimo Panarotto
  • Magnus Persson
  • Oskar Rexfelt
  • Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck
  • Johan Stabeck
  • Helena Strömberg
  • Jessica Twedmark

Programme committee 

  • Bill Ion, University of Strathclyde (Programme Committee Chair)
  • Gaetano Cascini, Design Society Board of Management / Politecnico Milano
  • Kilian Gericke, Universität Rostock
  • Ola Isaksson, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Johan Malmqvist, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Avril Thomson, University of Strathclyde
  • Ian Whitfield, University of Strathclyde

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