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1st International Summer School

Università degli Studi di Milano


International Summer School
“Models of Creative Design” For innovation in science and technology
Aveiro University Portugal September 19-25, 2010

“Models of Creative Design” 2010 is the second of two summer schools proposed as part of the DESIRE: “Creative Design for Innovation in Science and Technology,” Programme of Marie Curie Initial Training Network. DESIRE aims to establish an interdisciplinary network of researchers investigating creative design in various applied domains, including interaction design, industrial design, and arts design. It was promoted by seven partners: Copenhagen Business School, Eindhoven University of Technology, Lancaster University (coordinator), The Portuguese Catholic University, University of Aveiro, University of Milan and Philips Research.

A single theme, “Theories and Models of Creative Design,” connects the two summer school programs. Within this theme, the first school focused on theories of creative design, while the second will focus on modelling creative processes in design. The two summer-school programs are self-contained and designed to be attended either separately or in combination.

The 2010 summer school will build on grounding creativity theory, analysis and modelling creative processes in design and innovation. Industrial, artistic, and collaborative design will be explored from the perspective of the user, the cognitive scientist, the software engineer, and the interaction scholars as well as the designer. Several aspects of creative design, such as: design cognition models; design processing; computer supported collaborative design, creative digital interaction and qualitative analysis; will be examined.

Whom it addresses Who Should Attend

The summer school is addressed to young researchers, PhD students, or professionals in the fields of Human Computer Interaction, Interaction design, Experience design and Industrial design.

The school

The school is intensive and residential. It consists of a cycle of lectures, assisted learning and training. The official language is English and all teaching activities and materials will be in English. PhD students and post-docs are encouraged to prepare a poster and deliver a presentation. An award will be given for best poster. The student’s progress will be assessed by evaluating participation in school activities. The final, individual assessment will be shown on the certificate of completion of the summer school, if requested. This summer school has 55 contact hours and a work load (before, during and after the summer school of 162 hours) corresponding to 6 ECTS credits.


The school will be open to 28 highly qualified, motivated students, 13 from the DESIRE project and 15 from outside. PhD students, young researchers or industrial professionals in the field are encouraged to apply.
The applications should be sent to Dr. Benedita Camacho:
The applications will be evaluated as soon as they are submitted on the basis of their application date and the applicants’ curricula vitae (two-page résumé including reasons for participating in the school). The school is partially funded by the DESIRE network.

The Scientific Committee of the summer school has the authority to evaluate curricula vitae and select applicants.

Important dates:

Application Deadline:

May 16th , 2010: extended deadline for applications.

Before, and not later than June 28th, 2010: accepted students informed by e-mail

School location and lodging

The school will be held on September from 19th to 25th, 2010 at Aveiro University

Venue and accommodation:

All services (hotel, meeting rooms, catering, wireless, activities for informal networking at the middle of the day, eg: water cycling, dance, boat riding) may be provided at the same venue:

It is located downtown, 10 minutes walk to the Campus.
We will have at least one open event in Campus

single room: 70€
double room: 77€ > 38.50€ each student
includes breakfast, access to the Health Club (swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath, gymnasium)
for the entire summer school each participant will pay for accommodation (six nights / double room) 231€

Catering is mandatory for all participants; only dinner will open for individual choice at the city.
lunch: 19€
morning coffee break: 3€
afternoon coffee break: 4€
for the entire summer school each participant will pay for catering 175€

The school has an agreement with an accommodation service, which will guarantee lodging and lunches for the entire duration of the course (seven days, six nights) at the cost aforementioned: total = 406€

For any further information please contact the organizing secretariat:
- Dr. Anabela Viegas:

Visa information for non-EU students

School committee
The DESIRE steering committee acts as school committee.

List of speakers:

Keynote speakers: (confirmed)

> John Gero is a Research Professor at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study and at the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, George Mason University and a Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author or editor of 46 books and over 550 papers and book chapters in the fields of design science, design computing, artificial intelligence, computer-aided design, design cognition and cognitive science.
He has been the recipient of many excellence awards including the Harkness Fellowship, two Fulbright Fellowships, two SRC Fellowships and various named chairs.
He is on the editorial boards of numerous journals related to design science, computer-aided design, artificial intelligence and knowledge engineering and is the chair of the international conference series Artificial Intelligence in Design, the new conference series Design Computing and Cognition and the international conference series Computational and Cognitive Models of Creative Design.

website: >

> Nigel Cross is the Professor of Design Studies at the Open University based in Milton Keynes, UK. He is a leading thinker in the design research and the design education communities. His latest book, Designerly Ways of Knowing showcases his ideas on what designers do when they do design and promotes Design as a discipline like Science or Arts.
With backgrounds in architecture and industrial design, Nigel Cross has conducted research in design since the nineteen-sixties, ranging across computer-aided design, design methodology, design epistemology and design cognition.
A focus of his research has been to build recognition for, and better understanding of designerly ways of knowing and thinking. This work has been published in many journal articles, and in his books Analysing Design Activity (co-edited with Christiaans and Dorst; Wiley, 1996) and Designerly Ways of Knowing (Springer, 2006; paperback edition by Birkhäuser, 2007).
Professor Cross is a long-time member of the academic staff of the UK’s pioneering, multi-media Open University, where he has been involved in a wide range of distance-education courses in design and technology.


Other speakers: (confirmed)

> Alan Dix – Lancaster University (ULANC)

> Bo T. Christensen – Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

> Corina Sas – Lancaster University (ULANC)

> Heitor Alvelos – University of Porto (UP)

> Linden Ball – Lancaster University (ULANC)

> João Mota – University of Aveiro (UA)

> Paula Silva - Fraunhofer Portugal (FhP)

> Sara Jones – Centre for HCI Design (CUL)

> Suzan Boztepe – Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

> Tatjana Leblanc - Université de Montréal (UdeM)

> Teresa Franqueira – University of Aveiro (UA)

For any further information please contact the scientific secretariat:
- Dr. Benedita Camacho:

Summer School Coordinator:
- Dr. João Mota: