Programme & Conference Chair
Amaresh Chakrabarti

Vishal Singh


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'23 is the ninth 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 2023 at the Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (CPDM), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, India. 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.

ICoRD series was initiated by the Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (CPDM), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore in 2006. Since then, it has been hosted in 2009, 2011 (both at IISc), 2013 (at IIT Madras), 2015 (IISc), 2017 (IIT Guwahati), 2019 (IISc) and 2021 (IIT Bombay). CPDM has pioneered design research in India for the last two decades. IISc is one of India's leading science and technology institutions and is one of the Institutes of Eminence (IoE) decreed by MHRD, Government of India. ICoRD'23 is organised and hosted by CPDM, IISc Bangalore.

ICoRD’23 will be 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'23 aligns with this ambiance.

Theme of ICoRD’23

Industry 4.0 signifies the fourth industrial revolution. The first industrial revolution was driven by the introduction of mechanical power such as steam and water engines to replace human and animal labour. The second industrial revolution involved introduction of electrical power and organised labour. The third industrial revolution was powered by introduction of industrial automation. The fourth industrial revolution involves introduction of a combination of technologies to enable connected intelligence and industrial autonomy. The introduction of Industry 4.0 dramatically changes the landscape of innovation, and the way design, the engine of innovation, is carried out. The theme of ICoRD’23 is ‘Design in the Era of Industry 4.0’ – which explores how Industry 4.0 concepts and technologies influence the way design is conducted, and how methods, tools and approaches for supporting design can take advantage of this transformational change that is sweeping across the world.

The conference is an endorsed event of the Design Society and the Design Research Society, and its members receive a discount on the conference registrations fee. The proceedings of ICoRD’23 will be published as a book by Springer.

The conference will have:

  • Invited/keynote presentations from eminent international experts and practitioners;
  • Presentations of refereed papers as podium, poster, panel or theme presentations
  • Presentations on perspectives from industry and studies in practice​
  • Presentation of ICoNNN Awards and Keynotes
  • Doctoral Symposium
  • Networking Sessions for Young researchers
  • Workshop Sessions