Complex Systems Engineering and Development


The Scientific Technical Committee Design (STC Dn) of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) is pleased to announce its 27th CIRP Design Conference is taking place 10-12 May 2017. 

The conference will take place in the Vincent Building (building 52) at Cranfield University. Registration is open.


Three tutorials relevant to design will be held on 9 May 2017. View the tutorials brochure.


View the conference programme and brochure. You can also download a copy. 

Conference Topics

1. Complexity management in design

  • Complexity due to size, multi-disciplinarity, variation, stakeholders, supply chain
  • Design rationale, requirement and change management
2. Design theory

  • Design theory
  • Conceptual design theory
3. Design methodology, methods and tools

  • Product and Production System Architecture
  • Modularization
  • Product platforms and families
  • Model-based systems engineering
  • Design process management and organization
  • Collaborative and distributed product development
  • Simulation driven design
  • 1D simulation
  • Artificial Intelligence and design
  • Optimization in design
4. Design for X

  • Design for quality
  • Robust design
  • Design for additive and hybrid manufacturing
  • Design for mass-customization and personalization
  • Inclusive design
  • Design for life cycle and circular economies
  • Design for sustainability
  • Design for manufacturing and assembly
5.  Design of X

  • Systems Design
  • Design of factory and manufacturing systems
  • Design of mechatronic and cyber physical systems
  • Smart products
  • Design of PSS
6.  Design and production informatics

  • Ontological representation of design and production information
  • Knowledge sharing and communication
  • Data management systems for design and manufacturing (Requirements management, configuration, PLM, MLM, ERP, MES, CRM)
  • Data representation and management for IoT (Internet of Things)
  • Digital factory
  • AR, VR and haptics for design
  • Application of big data in design
  • Design information security
  • Design knowledge supply chain
7.  Creativity and emotion in design

  • Methods for disruptive innovation
  • Creative design methods (TRIZ, Bio-inspired design)
  • Kansei Engineering
  • Industrial design for customer feelings and emotions
8.  Design education

  • Design education and learning
  • Design theory and methodology for design education
  • Industry and academia cooperation in design research and education
  • Gamification and model based learning

9.  Case studies and industrial experiences

10.   Emerging issues

Special Sessions

1. Session title: Digital Lifecycle Management of Complex Production Systems
Organizers: Dr. Pasquale Franciosa and Prof. Darek Ceglarek (Warwick University)

Integrating product development with digital and physical production has been associated with large improvements in product quality and significantly detect defect rates. More and more data from sensors can be gathered in-line/in-process and used to monitor every piece produced rather than using sampling to detect errors, and error-correcting machinery can adjust production processes in real time. However, data gathering and process monitoring alone are insufficient in modern manufacturing as they lack the capability to anticipate and prevent defects before they occur. This session will explore methods and tools for digital lifecycle management of complex productions system within automotive and aerospace industries, emphasising the need for a seamless integration between digital simulation tools and machine learning.

Keynote Speeches

  Professor Phil John
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Head of School of
Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing,
Cranfield University 
Opening Session:
Welcome Speech
Wednesday 10 May 
Chris Fowler  Dr. Chris Fowler
Head of Develop Application Services,
Head of ICT Develop UK,
"Working in the New Digital
World – What Does It Mean?”
Wednesday 10 May 
Eswaran Subrahmanian  Professor Eswaran Subrahmanian
Engineering Research Accelerator and
Engineering and Public Policy,
Carnegie Mellon University, USA
"Role of Category theory in
Design and Manufacturing"
Wednesday 10 May 
Mark Halliwell  Mark Halliwell
Chief Audit Engineer – Marine and Nuclear,
Rolls-Royce plc
 "Power for Air, Land and Sea"  11:30–12:10 
Thursday 11 May 


This conference will organise four parallel tutorials on Tuesday the 9th May 2017. Three topics below relevant to design will be given by an expert of the field. Each tutorial is a half-day starting from 13:00 to 17:30. There is a participation fee of £100. Space is limited.

The tutorials will be held in Building 50 and Building 30 (not in Vincent Building). There will be a separate reception desk in Building 50 opening at 11:00. Actual room location will be posted at the reception desk.


Programme Committee Chair Dr Essam Shehab (Cranfield University)
Essam Shehab
Programme Committee Co-Chair Dr Helen Locket (Cranfield University)
Helen Lockettsoe
Programme Committee Co-Chair Dr Konstantinos Salonitis (Cranfield University)
Konstantinos Salonitissas
Award Chair Professor Ashutosh Tiwari (Cranfield University)
Ashutosh Tiwarisas
Organising Committee Chair Dr John Erkoyuncu (Cranfield University)
John Ahmet
Organising Committee Elizabeth Wade (Cranfield University)
Claire Steed (Cranfield University)
International Scientific Committee Michael Abramovici, Germany
Sofiane Achiche, Canada
Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen, UK
Albert Albers, Germany
Ahmed Al-Ashaab, UK
Kjell Andersson, Sweden
Alain Bernard, France
Maarten Bonnema, Netherlands
Peter Butala, Slovenia
Joe Butterfield, UK
Gerald Byrne, Ireland
Ian Campbell, UK
Emanuele Carpanzano, Switzerland
Darek Ceglarek, UK
Amaresh Chakrabarti, India
John Clarkson, UK
Marcello Colledani, Italy
Vimal Dhokia, UK
Gino Dini, Italy
Alex Duffy, UK
Joost Duflou, Belgium
Claudia Eckert, UK
Hoda ElMaraghy, Canada
Waguih ElMaraghy, Canada
John Ahmet Erkoyuncu, UK
Benoît  Eynard, France
Rosanna Fornasiero, Italy
Kikuo Fujita, Japan
Peihua Gu, China
Peter Hehenberger, Austria
Ben Hicks, UK
Sri Hinduja, UK
Bill Ion, UK
I.S. Jawahir, USA
Jerzy Jedrzejewski, Poland
Roger Jiao, USA
Yan Jin, USA
David Judt, UK
Bilgin Kaftanoğlu, Turkey
Sami Kara, Australia
Sang-Gook Kim, USA
Fumihiko Kimura, Japan
Torsten Kjellberg, Sweden
Helen Lockett, UK
Eric Lutters, Netherlands
Johan Malmqvist, Sweden
Luc Mathieu, France
Tim Mcaloone, Denmark
Alison McKay, UK
Chris McMahon, UK
Arturo Molina Cristobel, UK
László Monostori, Hungary
Giovanni Moroni, Italy
Dimitris Mourtzis, Greece
Adrian Murphy, UK
Aydin Nassehi, UK
Andrew Nee, Singapore
Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Sweden
Soh Khim Ong, Singapore
Jan-Gunnar Persson, Sweden
Mark Price, UK
Goran Putnik, Portugal
Yoram Reich, Israel
Atif Riaz, UK
Rajkumar Roy, UK
Kazuhiro Saito, USA
Tomohiko Sakao, Sweden
Konstantinos Salonitis, UK
Marco Santochi, Italy
Tetsuo Sawaragi, Japan
Günter Schuh, Germany
Kristina Shea, Switzerland
Essam Shehab, UK
Yoshiki Shimomura, Japan
Lily H. Shu, Canada
Gunnila Sivard, Sweden
Richard Söderberg, Sweden
Rainer Stark, Germany
Nam Suh, USA
Derrick Tate, China
Erman Tekkaya, Germany
Roberto Teti, Italy
Mary Kathryn Thompson, Denmark
Ashutosh Tiwari, UK
Tullio Tolio, Italy
Tetsuo Tomiyama, UK
Mitchell Tseng, Taiwan
Yasushi Umeda, Japan
Hendrik Van Brussel, Belgium
Fred Van Houten, Netherlands
József Váncza, Hungary
Lihui Wang, Sweden
Engelbert Westkämper, Germany
Magnus Wiktorsson, Sweden
Bob Wilhelm, USA
Deyi Xue, Canada
Xiu-Tian Yan, UK


Main Conference locationVincent Building of the Cranfield Campus, Cranfield University, UK

College Road
Cranfield, Bedfordshire
MK43 0AL

Tel: +44 (0) 1234 750111

Conference Dinner on Thursday, the 11th May – Sculpture Gallery, Woburn Abbey, Woburn, UK

Built in the late 18th century, the Sculpture Gallery is one of the most beautiful English country houses and gardens, housing the Duke of Bedford’s sculptural collection.

on Thursday, the 11th May – Bletchley Park, Bletchley, UK

As featured in the recent movie “The Imitation Game”, this park was the place where Alan Turing and his team developed codebreaking techniques and the modern information technology was born. 


Harben House, Newport Pagnell - offsite accommodation

Coach transport will be organised for delegates who book the off-site accommodation at Harben House to transport them to the conference, dinner etc.

Delegates will need to book directly over the phone or by email at and use the reference number GA000126

As we have made a block reservation you are not able to book online using the website, only directly over the phone or by email.

There are a number of rooms available on a first come first served basis.

Tuesday 9 May – £109.00

Wednesday 10 May – £109.00

Thursday 11 May – £89.00

Travel Information

Air Travel

London Luton

Our nearest public airport is London Luton which is situated just off Junction 10 of the M1.

From here you can catch a train direct from Luton Airport Parkway station to Bedford Station (A shuttle bus service is available from the terminal building to the Luton Airport Parkway Station).

On arriving at Bedford Station we recommend you take a taxi to the campus (see 'Taxi Information'). You can reserve a cab direct from the Luton Airport to the campus, approx. 25 minute drive. (see ‘Taxi Information’). Alternatively, bus services are also available (see “Travel by Coach from Airports” below).


Other surrounding airports:

There are good airport links from several airports around Cranfield.  These include:


· London Heathrow

· London Stansted

· London Gatwick

· City Airport

· Birmingham Airport


There is information about travel from these airports to Cranfield via Milton Keynes and Bedford on their websites.

Please use the campus postcode ‘MK43 0AL’ as destination for the travel planner.


Cranfield Airport

Private, executive air travel is also an option to Cranfield campus via Cranfield Airport.


Travel by Coach from Airports


National Express

National Express runs coaches from several major UK airports to Milton Keynes Coachway.

From there, you can take a local bus to the campus, C1, C10 or C11 (C11 is weekends only) or a taxi. (see ‘Taxi Information’).



Stagecoach 99 serves between the Luton Airport and Milton Keynes Central where you can change to the C1 (C10 or C11) service to Cranfield.


Taxi Information


These taxis are ‘Private Hire’ and have a flat rate on certain routes: for example, approximately £10 between the Cranfield campus and Milton Keynes Central Railway station, £33 between Cranfield and London Luton Airport, and £65 between Cranfield and London Heathrow Airport. If you require taxi transportation from airports to Cranfield, it is recommended to book a cab well in advance through these numbers


‘Private Hire’ taxis are normally cheaper than ‘Black Cabs’ and will require telephone bookings.



Milton Keynes Taxi Firms (Private Hire)


01908 222111


01908 260260


01908 222222

Milton Keynes Taxis

01908 980006


Approximate prices for a taxi (Private Hire) from the following airports are:


· Luton Airport


· Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 & 3


· Heathrow Terminals 4 & 5


· Stansted Airport


· Gatwick Airport


· Docklands London City


· Birmingham Airport


· East Midlands Airport


*please note: pickup/drop off & parking charges may apply.



Bedford Taxi Firms (Private Hire)


01234 218888

Anglia Cars

01234 320032

24-7 Cars

01234 511247


Bus Travel


Please note that different companies refer to the University in different ways. The main bus stop is named either as 'Cranfield University' or 'Wharley End’ (Cranfield), Cranfield University main gate'.


Buses to and from Bedford Bus Station (Bedford Railway Station is 10 minute walk): Cranfield Connect (Uno) - Route C1 & C10 (C11 weekends only)

Stagecoach - Route 53

Buses to and from Milton Keynes Central Station via Milton Keynes Coachway:

Cranfield Connect - Route C1 & C10 (C11 weekends only)


If you have off-campus accommodation, these buses might have nearby stops.


If you should have enquiries regarding the above bus services (including time tables and fares), please contact the relevant company direct via their website and



Rail travel

London Euston to Milton Keynes Central. Frequent, fast services. (Take a taxi or a bus to Cranfield University).

From London St Pancras to Bedford. (Take a taxi to Cranfield University).


First please check to see for the most updated information. Should you require supporting documents for travelling to the UK, please contact us


The conference proceedings will be published as an open access special issue of Procedia CIRP (ISSN: 2212-8271) published by Elsevier on ScienceDirect

Please note that papers that are not presented at the conference will not be included in the proceedings.


  • Regular Registration: £500
  • Students: £275 (please bring valid student ID with you) This Includes the Excursion on Thursday, the 11th May to Bletchley Park, but does not include the Conference Dinner on the same day. However if you would like to attend the dinner you can purchase a ticket for £100. 
  • Extra Person for Dinner: £100
  • CLOSED: Early Bird Registration: £400 - (when booked and paid before 1 April 2017)