A Computational Framework for Exploring the Socio-Cognitive Features of Teams and their Influence on Design Outcomes

Harshika Singh, Gaetano Cascini, Hernan Casakin, Vishal Singh

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The dynamics of design teams play a critical role in product development, mainly in the early phases of the process. This paper presents a conceptual framework of a computational model about how cognitive and social features of a design team affect the quality of the produced design outcomes. The framework is based on various cognitive and social theories grounded in literature. Agent-Based Modelling (ABM) is used as a tool to evaluate the impact of design process organization and team dynamics on the design outcome. The model describes key research parameters, including dependent, independent, and intermediates. The independent parameters include: duration of a session, number of times a session is repeated, design task and team characteristics such as size, structure, old and new members. Intermediates include: features of team members (experience, learning abilities, and importance in the team) and social influence. The dependent parameter is the task outcome, represented by creativity and accuracy. The paper aims at laying the computational foundations for validating the proposed model in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED’19
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Engineering Design - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Aug 20198 Aug 2019
Conference number: 22

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Design Society : International Conference on Engineering Design
ISSN (Electronic)2220-4342


ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering Design
Abbreviated titleICED
Internet address


  • Collaborative design
  • Process modelling
  • Design management


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