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Current Question for Debate

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There are many references (books and papers) on the topic of decision making, and particularly in engineering design. In your opinion, what references should be required reading for any researcher in DBD? Please suggest a few, including a brief rationale for each.


Reference suggestions:

The 17th DBD Open Workshop was held at the NSF Design, Service and Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference. See what happened.

View summaries of previous Questions for Debate

Abstracts and foreword for special edition of
Journal of Engineering Value and Cost Analysis on Decision-Based Design

See who's participating in the Decision Based Design Open Workshop.

We are conducting a three-year open workshop via electronic and internet related technologies for the development of academic scholarship in design. This workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal of this open workshop is to engage design theory researchers in a dialogue to establish a rigorous and common foundation for research and educational endeavors. There are many perspectives of design. The workshop will focus on only one of these perspectives, decision-based design, as a way to help build a science of design.

A primary component of the workshop is the continual, open development and dissemination of the philosophical, scientific, and practical results and discussions. The workshop will concentrate a diversity of research efforts on the role of a decisi on in design. We invite you to actively participate in this workshop by registering and responding to the information at this site and submitting your views.

To become more actively involved, you are encouraged to participate in one of the face-to-face meetings being held to openly discuss these issues.

The participants will be selected based on a position paper addressing their views for engineering design theories and methods in general and decision-based design in particular.

The Three Primary Investigators for this Project are:
Wei Chen
Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
Linda Schmidt
Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Maryland
University Park, MD
Kemper Lewis
Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical
and Aerospace Engineering
State University of New York at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

The DBD workshop proposal includes the objectives of this initiative.

For questions or information about our open workshop email Kemper Lewis

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