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Call for Papers

The ASNE Design Sciences Series of workshops and conferences will explore emerging design approaches, methods, processes and tools for the successful design of naval engineering projects. This first conference focuses on Set-Based Design (SBD), a design method that has proven useful for projects with a large number of design variables, tight coupling among design variables, conflicting requirements, flexibility in requirements allowing for trades, or technologies and design problems that are not well understood. SBD is characterized by

  1. Communicating Broad Sets of Design Values
  2. Developing sets of design solutions
  3. Evaluating sets of design solutions by multiple domains of expertise
  4. Delaying design decisions to eliminate regions of the design space until adequate information is known, and
  5. Documenting the rationale for eliminating a region of the design space.

The Toyota Motor Corporation developed the SBD method to guide their product development processes which complemented the Toyota Production System and enabled Toyota to achieve great success within the automotive industry. Within the Department of the Navy, SBD has been applied to several programs including the ship to shore connector, amphibious combat vehicle, and the small surface combatant task force. These and other programs have demonstrated SBD's value in enabling senior leaders to make informed decisions. Consequently, there is great interest in applying SBD to more projects and improving the processes and tools for implementing SBD. This conference will explore the SBD method and present the results of recent relevant research.

Technical papers (approved for public release) are requested on subjects addressing one or more of the following topics:

  • Comparisons of SBD with other design methods
  • Relationship of SBD with Systems Engineering and Systems of Systems Engineering
  • SBD in Requirements Development
  • SBD in Product Development
  • SBD in Modernization and Conversion
  • Application of Real Options Analysis to SBD
  • SBD metrics
  • SBD processes and process development
  • Design organization and management for SBD
  • SBD tools
  • Implementing flexibility and modularity in SBD
  • Examples of the application of SBD and lessons learned
  • Methods for teaching SBD
  • The role of ASNE in facilitating the use of SBD
All technical papers must contain original previously unpublished technical material.


  • Abstract Deadline: June 9, 2017
  • Notice of Acceptance: June 30, 2017
  • Final Paper and Presentation Submission: Sept 5, 2017
Abstracts should include the following:
  1. name, organization, address, phone number, and email of all authors;
  2. title of paper;
  3. Maximum 2 page (12 pt) abstract describing the scope and major thrust of the paper.
Online abstract submission is now closed. For questions, contact designsciences@navalengineers.org.