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Advances in Conceptual Design Theories, Methodologies, and Applications

Call for Papers

Rapidly growing complexities of the product in function and structure are enabling engineers to adopt multiple design means and combine them together to shorten the time-to-market. Exploring advanced conceptual design theories and methodologies and their applications is used to improve the product functions and performances; therefore, it is currently a hot research topic in engineering design field. Thus, developing new and advanced theories and methodologies dedicated to product innovation is required.

This special issue aims to focus on the above-mentioned issues and solicits papers that address theoretical and methodological innovation and their applications. We invite investigators to contribute to this special issue with original research articles as well as review articles on engineering design and also to submit papers that can demonstrate the application of advanced conceptual design methods and principles. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Computer-aided conceptual design
  • Distributed collaborative design
  • Knowledge-based conceptual design
  • Virtual product design and simulation
  • Ontology modeling for design
  • Ontology semantic retrieval
  • Port-based ontology modeling
  • Knowledge reuse in engineering
  • Mechanism optimization and configuration design
  • Artificial intelligence in design
  • Agent-based design
  • Design computation, evaluation, and decision

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ame/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ame/acdt/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 12 April 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 5 July 2013
Publication DateFriday, 30 August 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Dongxing Cao, Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin, China

Guest Editors

  • Shengfeng Qin, School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University, Uxbridge Middlesex UB8 3PH, UK
  • Yu-Shen Liu, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China