Given increasing demands for performance and complexity, new product development requires multidisciplinary teams to manage trade-offs between many competing objectives over thousands of parameters.

At C-SED, we support research aimed at developing improved processes and support tools to help design teams make better decisions in these situations. Fundamental research consisting of both controlled human subjects laboratory experiments and field work in actual design teams focuses on identifying factors on design teams which impact design outcomes. By bridging the foundations of formal design processes with a deep understanding of actual practice, our work seeks to provide insight into the design of engineering systems and delivers strategies for reaching better designs with teams.

Visit our faculty researchers homepages to learn more about our work with design teams research.