Design Computing and Cognition (DCC'14)

AIEDAM Special Issue, Spring 2016, Vol.30, No.2

Edited by: Sean Hanna & Peter Bentley

This special issue of AIEDAM aims to present cutting edge, state-of-the-art research in design computing and cognition from DCC'14, the Sixth International Conference on Design Computing & Cognition (

Design is a fundamentally important topic in disciplines ranging from the more commonly associated fields of engineering, information technology and architecture, to emerging areas in the social sciences and life sciences. Design research aims to develop an understanding of designing and to produce models that can be used to aid designing.

Design research can be carried out in variety of ways. It can be viewed as largely an empirical endeavor in which experiments are designed and executed in order to test some hypothesis about some design phenomenon or design behavior. This is the approach adopted in cognitive science. The results of such research can form the basis of a computational model. A second view is that design research can be carried out by positing axioms and then deriving consequences from them. If the axioms can be mapped onto design situations then the consequences should follow. This is the approach adopted in mathematics and logic and forms the basis of a small but powerful area in design research. A third view, and the most common one in the computational domain, is that design research can be carried out by conjecturing design processes, constructing computational models of those processes and then examining the behaviors of the resulting computational systems.

Topics in design computing and cognition include, but are not limited to:

* Agents in design* Evolutionary approaches in design
* Artificial intelligence in design* Games and design
* Biologically-inspired and analogical design* Human cognition in design
* Collaborative design* Learning from human designers
* Cognitive theories applied to design* Machine learning in design
* Computational theories applied to design* Multi-modal design
* Creative design* Situated computing in design
* Design in practice* Virtual environments in design
* Digital media in design* Visual and spatial reasoning in design

All DCC'14 contributors including plenary session paper, poster, and workshop authors are invited to submit significantly revised and extended papers, or completely new papers. Note that your conference papers must not be resubmitted unchanged as they are already covered by publisher's copyright.

Submissions are not open to people who did not take part in the conference. All submissions will be anonymously reviewed by at least three expert reviewers, and a selection for publication made on the basis of these reviews.

Information about the format and style required for AIEDAM papers can be found at

Inquiries about this special issue should be sent to the Guest Editors.

Please submit your paper through ScholarOne system online at: Your need to create an user account first if you are a new user. During your submission process, pay attention to the following two steps:

  • On Step 1 (Type, title & abstract): Select "Yes" for the "Special Issue" question.
  • On Step 5 (Details & comments): Select "Design Computing & Cognition (DCC'14)-Vol.30/2)" for "Special Issue Name".
Important dates:
Conference finishes:25 Jun 2014
Intent to submit (Title and Abstract):As soon as possible after the Conference
Submission deadline for full papers:1 April 2015 <-- New deadline!
Reviews due:1 June 2015
Notification and reviews to authors:15 June 2015
Revised paper due:1 Sept 2015
Issue to CUP:1 Dec 2015
Issues appears:Apr 2016
Guest editors:

Please direct all inquiries to the guest editors:

Dr. Sean HannaDr. Peter Bentley
Bartlett School of ArchitectureDepartment of Computer Science
University College LondonUniversity College London
140 Hampstead RoadMalet Place
London, NW1 2BX, UKLondon WC1E 6BT, UK
Email: s.hanna @ @