Workshop and special issue on design margins

​Margins are everywhere, every aspect of a product that is not completely optimised to a specific application has margins.  Margins are sometimes also known as overspecification or excess. They are important because they can absorb the effects of change propagation and allow for design modifications that would otherwise be physically or economically unviable, however can also incur significant additional manufacturing or life cycle cost. Yet margins are rarely formally discussed or documented in many design activities.

We are the guest editors of a special issue in the Journal of Engineering Design focused on design margins (full papers will be due January 2023). The organizing committee hopes that these workshops will bring together a community where we can discuss the philosophy, modeling, applications, and valuation of margins in engineering design. We are inviting participants who can provide unique perspectives through the lens of academic research or industry practice.

Our is to build a community around margin research and is to help participants position to their work in a way that frames the future discussion of margin while anchoring future research in the existing literature.

Two workshops

Two virtual workshops are being organised where we will discuss the theory, practice, and challenges of incorporating margins when designing complex systems.

  • Thursday, May 12th from 11 am – 1 pm EST (5 pm – 7 pm CET)
  • Tuesday, June 14th 10 am – 1 pm EST (4 pm – 7 pm CET)

In the first workshop, the organizing committee will give a brief introduction followed by talks from invited industry practitioners and discussion amongst all participants. Our desired outcome of the first workshop is to help everyone prepare and position their research for the special issue in JED. The second workshop will allow participants to present their ideas and get initial feedback from the community in preparation for submitting to the special issue. If there is sufficient interest a further workshop can be organised.

If you are interested and able to attend one, or both, of these workshops, please reach out to the committee organizers so that we can provide you more details. Further, if you have a colleague who you think should take part in these workshops, please pass along the information!




On behalf of the organizing committee, we look forward to hearing from you,

Scott Ferguson (NC State University)
Claudia Eckert (Open University)
Ola Isaksson (Chalmers University of Technology)
Arindam Brahma (Chalmers University of Technology)

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