Special Issue, Summer 2010, Vol. 24, No. 3
Design Pedagogy: Representations and Processes
Dan Frey, Bill Birmingham & Clive Dym
This special issue of
AIEDAM will be devoted to papers concerned with
design pedagogy, focusing on how explicit representations
of design knowledge and design processes impact teaching design.
Design pedagogy raises significant challenges for researchers in design
theory, methodology, and AI. When people learn engineering design or
seek to improve their skill as designers, knowledge must be
constructed. The teacher is often required to formalize and structure a
body of knowledge gained from experience. The student is challenged to
observe carefully, form hypotheses, and test them through projects. It
is probably not an exaggeration to say that no design method can be
effective unless it is teachable.
To advance this important topic, we seek papers dealing with design
knowledge and its representation in humans, software, and other
processes. Papers addressing the implications for education are
particularly encouraged with education construed broadly to include
undergraduate, graduate, professional, and K-12.
For this issue, while papers with normal AI content are desired, we
broaden the scope to also include papers that provide knowledge and
associated methodology for design pedagogy.
The aim of this special issue on Design Pedagogy is to further
discussion at the intersection of theory and practice. Topics include
but are not limited to:
- Frameworks for teaching engineering design;
- Representations and models of design knowledge;
- Differences between expert and novice performance in design and means to
- Assessment of design skill;
- Particular design processes, how they represent knowledge, and how they
facilitate design education.
All submissions will be anonymously reviewed by at least three
reviewers. The selection for publication would be made on the basis of
Information about the format and
style required for
AIEDAM papers can be found at
However, note that all
submissions for special issues go to the Guest Editors, and not to the
Editor in Chief.
Intend to submit (Abstract & Title): As soon as possible
Submission deadline for full papers: 1 May 2009 ***
Reviews due: 30 Aug 2009
Notification and reviews to authors: 30 Sep 2009
Revised version submission deadline: 15 Jan 2010
Issue to publisher: 1 Mar 2010
Please direct all enquiries and submissions to the guest editors:
Dr William Birmingham
Chair, Computer Science Department
Grove City College - Faculty Box 3123
100 Campus Dr.
Grove City, PA 16127, USA.
Email: wpbirmingham [at] gcc.edu
Dr Daniel Frey
Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307, USA.
Email: danfrey [at] MIT.EDU
Dr Clive Dym
Department of Engineering
Harvey Mudd College
301 E. 12th Street
Claremont, CA 91711-5990, USA.
Email: clive_dym [at] hmc.edu