Research streams at the EDC

Research portfolio

The EDC research programs consist of a core programme of linked fundamental research projects and a series of industry specific activities. Many of these have a strong focus on technology transfer and practical implementation.

The core programme is geared towards the longer term needs of the EDC's clients. The approaches focus on generic design problems associated with the made to order sector.

Project work both recent and current can be classified into three general areas:

  • Technology transfer, developing and implementing the output of research from the core programme.
  • Sector specific projects, focusing upon the requirements of industrial partners in areas such as aircraft systems, offshore engineering and the marine and nuclear environment.
  • Individual company projects addressing the specific needs. Projects not directly related to the core research programme, that frequently bring together multi-disciplinary research teams from diverse backgrounds.

A brief overview of the research streams related to current work within the EDC are listed below.

The four main EDC research streams

Complex process integration and coordination

  • Complex process coordination
  • Utilisation of design experience
  • Specification development
  • Integration of distributed systems
  • Modelling of risk
  • Optimisation of through life costs
Image of: Submarines: An integration of complex systems

Submarines: An integration of complex systems

Design for lifecycle and sustainability

  • Through life costing trade-offs (technical / economic / environmental)
  • Sustainability
  • Late insertion of new technology in design / manufacturing process
  • Design for effective waste management
Image of: Lifecycle issues are relevant to future aircraft carriers

Lifecycle issues are relevant to future aircraft carriers

Decision support and optimisation

  • Multi-criteria decision making algorithms and tools
  • Re-use of knowledge to help decision making
  • Spatial layout optimisation
  • Optimisation of products with high uncertainty levels
  • Scheduling

Dependability and resilience in complex software

  • Requirements specification for high integrity systems
  • Reconfigurable systems
  • Protective wrapping for component integration
  • Security

Research topics past, present and future

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Upcoming seminars

The EDC often hosts, arranges or is associated with a wide variety of seminars related to its activities.

These seminars (often in association with an engineering institute) are always open to students and staff at the university and often to the public.

Upcoming events will be listed on this website in the future. Please check back from time to time for updates.