From Data to Design: Challenges and Opportunities across Industry and Academia

IDETC-CIE 2023 Workshop, Boston, MA

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Faez Ahmed1, Daniele Grandi2, Namwoo Kang3, Cyril Picard1, Akash Srivastava4

1MIT, 2Autodesk Research, 3KAIST, 4IBM

The basics

The workshop is a full-day event that will bring together professionals and academics to discuss the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the field of data-driven engineering design. Throughout the day, invited speakers from industry and academia will share their experiences, insights, and best practices in using data to drive engineering design. Each talk will be followed by discussions. The speakers will discuss the latest technological advancements, methods, and tools that have made it possible to leverage data to optimize and streamline engineering design processes. Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage in interactive activities about the challenges and opportunities associated with data-driven engineering design.


The workshop is designed to benefit a broad range of professionals and academics in the field of engineering design, from faculty members and graduate students to engineers from industry and undergraduates. The workshop aims to provide valuable insights, practical experience, and networking opportunities for all attendees.

Workshop format

The event will be divided into two parts:

Part 109:00 - 09:10Welcome and introduction
09:10 - 11:30Series of five talks on fundamentals, unique challenges and opportunities for data-driven engineering design. Topics to be covered include a) data acquisition, representation, and analysis, b) modeling and simulation of designs, c) design optimization and design synthesis.
11:30 - 12:00Discussions in smaller groups
Part 213:30 - 14:15Interactive demos of AI tools
14:15 - 15:45Teamwork to brainstorm an AI tool focusing on applications, opportunities and challenges
15:45 - 16:30Presentations and discussions about the developed concepts