Emergence in Design

A workshop to be held in conjunction with
Artificial Intelligence in Design'98
19 July 1998, Lisbon, Portugal

Call for Papers

Submission date:  31 May 1998


"We don't know what we're looking for until we find it, so we have to find a way to look for it!"

An identifiable design property which has not been explicitly represented can be said to be emergent. Discovering and using the emergent properties in design is regarded as emergence in design. Recognizing emergent phenomena is an important part of innovative or creative design and like innovation or creativity, it resists definition. Much has been written about emergence in the context of cognitive science and visual representation, but little exploration has been done with regard to design in general, with the bulk of the research in shape grammars. This workshop aims to bring together design researchers to discuss topics relating to emergence in design, including

Workshop Topics

Discussion will address a number of questions; among those are: The workshop will be structured around succinct keynote presentations (selected from the submissions) followed by open discussion. Our discussion will be directed to articulate an answer to one or more of the key questions posed above.

Position Papers

We seek position papers or extended abstracts addressing any of the above questions, or describing design systems which are capable of supporting emergence. Papers which offer examples of emergence in design are strongly encouraged. Papers should be no more than seven pages in length. Submissions will be reviewed by the international advisory committee, and will be selected on the basis of their contribution to the topics under discussion.

Papers should be submitted by email to either of the two coordinators in either html, plain text, RTF or LaTeX formats. If email submission is not possible, then four hard copies must be submitted to each co-ordinator by the due date. The closing date for submissions is May 31, 1998.

Please note that workshop attendance is restricted to those registering for the full conference.

Link to workshop papers

Number of Participants

Participation will be limited to 20 people, in order to ensure active discussion among all participants.


Scott Chase 
Dept. of Architectural and Design Science 
University of Sydney 
NSW 2006 Australia 
tel: +61-2-9351-2293 
fax: +61-2-9351-3031 


Linda Schmidt 
Mechanical Engineering Department 
University of Maryland 
tel: +1-301-405-0417 
fax: +1-301-314-9477 



International Advisory Committee

Adam Borkowski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Mark Gross, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Jeff Heisserman,  Boeing, USA
Terry Knight, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Kumiyo Nakakoji, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

Further information

Please send any question regarding the workshop to one of the organizers.