Conference & Programme Chair

Amaresh Chakrabarti Centre for Product Design & Manufacturing Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore


Design is ubiquitous; it pervades all spheres of life, and has been around as long as life has taken up the task of purposefully changing the world around it. Research into design and the emergence of a research community in this area has been relatively new. Its development has been influenced by the multiple facets of design (human, artefact, process, organisation, the micro- and macro economy and the ecology by which design is shaped) and the associated diversification of the community depending on the facets of focus or that of their applications. Design is complex, balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders, and requiring a multitude of areas of knowledge to be utilised, and resources spread across space and time.

ICoRD'19 is the seventh in a series of conferences intended to be held every two years in India to bring together the international community from diverse areas of design practice, education and research.It will be held during 9th to 11th January 2019 at the National Science Seminar Complex, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. It aims to showcase cutting edge research about design to the stakeholders; aid the ongoing process of developing and extending the collective vision through emerging research challenges and questions; and provide a platform for interaction, collaboration and development of the community in order for it to take up the challenges to realize the vision. The conference is intended for all stakeholders of design, and in particular for its practitioners, researchers, pupils and educators.

The theme of ICoRD‘19 is “Design for a connected world”. While Design traditionally focused on the development of products that worked on their own, the emerging trend is to have products with a smart layer, which makes them context aware and responsive, both individually and collectively, through collaboration with other physical and digital objects with which these are connected. The key is connectivity: how do products and their development change in a connected world? ICoRD'19 is hosted in Bangalore, which is the 'silicon plateau' of the world, with the second fastest growing community of start-ups, many of which are exploring emerging technologies such as IOT, IIOT, Digital Twins, sensor networks, I4.0 and so on to design new products, systems and services. It is only appropriate that the theme for ICoRD'19 aligns with this ambiance.

The conference will have:

  • Invited/keynote presentations from eminent international experts and practitioners;
  • Presentations of refereed papers as podium, poster, panel or theme presentations;
  • Industrial sessions to present perspectives from industry and studies in practice.
  • Presentation of ICoNNN Awards and Keynotes
  • Doctoral Symposium [Kilian Gericke and Philip Cash]
  • Networking Sessions for Young researchers