|Title of event||A Robust Design Research Landscape- Clarifying the Potential of RD Principles and Indicators|
|Organising (SIGs)||Robust Design SIG|
|Workshop chairs||Tobias Eiffler|
This year’s SIG workshop aims at creating a landscape of research in Robust Design (RD) within the Design Society (including related topic areas such as Design for Reliability, Tolerancing, Embodiment Design, etc.) in order to initiate a discussion on the value/limits of early stage robustness indicators, as well as on future topics and SIG activities in research and education.
Traditionally focusing on an improvement of robustness via (computational) expensive virtual/physical experiments and the corresponding statistical analyses, RD has been often criticized for not offering enough guidance and support in early phases of development. In a new direction, the RD SIG would therefore like to bring RD thinking and research into earlier stages of development, including more pragmatic tools, which are also applicable in short iteration cycles. The SIG’s key objectives are to:
- propose and debate a coherent RD toolbox as well as a Robust Design process.
- test out robust design tools, methods and theory on real case studies in a workshop format.
- stimulate a discussion on utility and/or potential limits of early RD consideration (as Robustness is, beyond doubt, in many cases influenced by embodiment rather than conceptual decisions).
In line with these overall objectives, this year’s workshop focuses on an overview of Robust Design (related) research within the Design Society, and raises the question of suitable RD principles and indicators for an early evaluation of product robustness. Built around research on the importance/value of Robustness indicators, such as part count, functional couplings and contradictions, the attendees will be given an active role in guided tutorials and will be challenged to analyse/evaluate the robustness of a case example.
Given the organisers role as interim chairs of the RD SIG, this year’s RD Workshop is structured into two sub sequent parts.
- After a short introduction, the participants are provided with an overview of RD related research topics in the Design Society, (DTU, FAU, etc., all attendees are invited to submit additional contributions!) including an introduction to Robustness indicators such as part count, functional couplings and contradictions metric. Afterwards, the attendees will be given an active role in analysing the robustness of a case example to discuss the corresponding benefits/limits of available methods, principles and indicators.
- Based on this hands-on experience, the second part of the workshop is then dedicated to summarise the current RD research landscape within the Design Society and to discuss potential new directions for future RD research as well as future activities and the set-up of the RD SIG.