Complexity Science and Design

Complexity Science and Design

 

The complexity and design group has been leading a variety of projects aiming to coordinate research in complexity science across Europe and the World, with an emphasis on future technologies and on cultivating engagement with societal issues, sustainability, education and policy making.

Overview

  • Applications of complexity science in design theory, methods and practice
  • Identifying, measuring and managing complexity of design processes, products, and organisations
  • Empirical and computational studies of design thinking (including neuropsychology of design cognition)
  • Designing complex artefacts (from buildings to cities)
  • Simulation, modelling and design of very large socio-technical systems
  • Design of autonomous machine systems, including cooperating and swarm robots; education and entertainment robotics
  • Kinematic design of dextrous and agile robotic systems
  • Machine vision and intelligent geometry; pattern recognition; computer vision
  • Adaptive architecture using Autonomous Intelligent Agents

Researchers include:

Professor Jeff Johnson
Dr Katerina Alexiou
Dr Jane Bromley
Dr Claudia Eckert
Dr David Hales
Dr Anthony Lucas-Smith
Professor George Rzevski
Dr Joe Rooney
Dr Theodore Zamenopoulos


  • Complexity in Design Thinking, Processes and ArtefactsProduct designers, architects, engineers, urban designers, policy makers – in fact, designers from all fields – increasingly use the word ‘complexity’ to characterise both the designactivity and its outputs. In all different domains, the ‘complexity’ of design thinking, processes, outputs and organizations is one of the biggest challenges for designers today but also an intrinsic characteristic of design activity.
  • Complexity Science, Society and TechnologyThe complexity and design group has been leading a variety of projects aiming to coordinate research in complexity science across Europe and the World, with an emphasis on future technologies and on cultivating engagement with societal issues, sustainability, education and policy making.
  • Kinematic Design and Robot ApplicationsNew research into the kinematic structure of autonomous robotic systems offers the potential to develop fresh insights and new tools and techniques for designing mechanical architectures with improved robustness for future autonomous system development.