Potential of a Robust Design Special Interest Group (SIG)?

The Robust Design SIG, affiliated with the international Design Society, provides opportunities for Design society members and non-members to network, to collaborate and to share ideas, experience and knowledge within the field of Robust Design. The SIG offers an extremely important platform to identify actual as well as future challenges of Robust Design for Industry and Academia.
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About the SIG


  • To share knowledge about robust design and related disciplines
  • To test out robust design tools, methods and theory on real case studies in a workshop format, to learn of their applicability and utility
  • To standardise terminology and frameworks
  • To collaborate on publications and research proposals
  • To share case studies, tools/methods and educational material
  • To learn from the application of robust design in various industrial sectors


  • To propose and debate Robust Design process – No complete holistic process for robust design exists, currently there are just a series of tools, methods and interesting theories such as Axiomatic Design, Taguchi Quality Loss, Transfer functions/Sensitivity analysis, Tolerance Design which are all interrelated. However, there is a need for a coherent process or clearly defined strategies for dealing with variance from the start to the end of the design process.
  • To Define a Tools/Methods box – A complete critique of the robust design tools and methods has begun at the last meeting. There is a need to position these tools correct on the design process and to understand the benefits of each and which tools supersede others.
  • To define a list of early robustness indicators – There is a real need for both leading and quantified indicators of robustness. By this we mean that at present, the reliably of a design is discovered at production yield. This is a lagging indicator in the sense it is already too late to do much about it. Current early stage indicators for robustness are predominantly at an activity level such as “has a Design FMEA been completed?” These are non-quantified and say little about how robust a design is. We hope to position these indicators onto the robust design process and tag them to typical stage gates.


SIG Chair Thomas J. Howard

Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Technical University of Denmark
Building 426, room 142
2800 Kgs. Lyngby

Ph. +45 45 25 47 41

SIG Co. Chair Tobias Eifler


Department of Mechanical Engineering

Technical University of Denmark
Building 426, room 142
2800 Kgs. Lyngby


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ISoRD 14

The symposium concerns the topic of robust design from a practical and industry orientated perspective. During the 2 day symposium we will share our understanding of the need of industry with respect to the control of variance, reliability issues and approaches to robust design. The target audience for the symposium therefore will aim to attract equal numbers of industry and academic delegates with two separate paper submission tracks.

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Design 14

Workshop sessions at DESIGN conference aim to bring together users and experts in interactive, half-day sessions elaborating specific topics. The workshop coordinators could invite selected presentations and demonstrations in order to stimulate the debate as well as to propose any format of delivery that inspires interaction. The workshop participants receive all the workshop contributions prior to the conference in order to stimulate a discussion on the workshop. The workshops will be organized on the Monday, 19th May 2014. Invited workshop topics include:

Read more about the Design conference here.


For information about ICED 13 please visit the official ICED 13 website