Everyone is a designer;

the only difference is whether you have the tools, background, and resources you need to bring your ideas to life.

Come help us unleash everyone's inner designer.


Our Mission

To broaden participation in new product design by enabling more people to unleash their inner designer, regardless of their age, gender, nationality, or technical background.
To do this, we study Open Design ecosystems and create smart design tools that combine Engineering Design with Machine Learning and Open Innovation.

News

Jul 02, 2015 — Article on Automated Design Methods for 3D Printable Mechanisms accepted to JMD

Our article entitled "The MechProcessor: Helping Novices Design Printable Mechanisms across Different Printers" was accepted for publication in the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. Check out the project page for more updates when we release the source code for the paper.

May 04, 2015 — Article accepted to IDETC 2015

We'll be presenting a paper at this year's IDETC in the Design Theory and Methodology (DTM) track: DTM-7 Human Behavior in Design. The paper, entitled "A Scalpel not a Sword: On the Role of Statistical Tests in Design Cognition", explores how researchers in DTM use Null Hypothesis Statistical Testing in Design studies, and reviews some of the pitfalls associated with the practice. Check out the paper on our publications page. We're looking forward to seeing everyone in Boston in August!

Jan 18, 2015 — Article on Pattern Analysis Techniques for HCD Methods accepted to JMD

For those interested in Human-Centered Design, Design for Development, or statistical techniques for analyzing design research: keep a look out for our recently accepted paper on the Pattern Analysis Techniques for HCD Methods in the upcoming JMD special issue on "User Needs and Preferences in Engineering Design". Also check out the HCD project page for more details and the project code.

Oct 09, 2014 — Lab Member Ryan Elder Receives SEEDS Fellowship

IDEAL member Ryan Elder receives a UMD SEEDS Fellowship, funded through the National Science Foundation, for our work on 3D Printable Devices.

Jul 22, 2014 — Talk at Accenture Tech Labs

Mark will be giving a talk on Collaborative Design Informatics at Accenture Tech Labs on July, 22nd. Come check it out.

Jun 25, 2014 — Design method recommendation article accepted to JMD

Our article on "Machine Learning Methods for Recommending Design Methods" was accepted for publication in the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. Check out the project page for more updates when we release the source code for the paper.

May 16, 2014 — Two articles accepted to IDETC

We'll be presenting two papers at this year's IDETC, both in the Design Theory and Methodology (DTM) track. One paper is on the evolution of the OpenIDEO design community, and another is on users research methods for Design for Development. Check out the papers on our publications page. We're looking forward to seeing everyone in Buffalo in August.

Jan 30, 2014 — Talk at GE Global Research

Mark will be giving a talk on Collaborative Design Informatics at GE Global Research in San Ramon. They're doing some impressive work at the intersection of engineering and data science, building out the future of the industrial internet.

Jan 07, 2014 — Network Structure of OpenIDEO article accepted to JCISE

For those interested in Open Innovation or distributed design communities: keep a look out for our recently accepted paper on the Network Structure of OpenIDEO in one of the upcoming editions of JCISE.