Imperial College London

Dr Marco Aurisicchio

Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering

Senior Lecturer
 
 
 
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Office 1 (104)Dyson BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Aurisicchio M, Bracewell RH, Wallace KM, 2010, Understanding how the information requests of aerospace engineering designers influence information seeking behaviour, Journal of Engineering Design, Vol: Vol.21, Pages: 707-730

Engineering design activities rely heavily on the richness of knowledge and information available. In order to progress their tasks, designers undertake numerous searches to answer their information requests. A review of the literature on information seeking (IS) found that the role of the types of information request on source selection has been little investigated compared with that of the source itself, the seeker, the seeker–source relationship and the work context. This paper describes the empirical research that was carried out in collaboration with the aerospace group of a major power systems company to understand the relationship between information searches and information requests raised by designers involved in individual design tasks. The empirical part of the research consisted of participating in a design activity undertaken within the collaborating company and in conducting analytical studies with its designers. Two large data sets were gathered using a diary study and observations with shadowing. Based on the literature review and empirical research, a framework to describe how engineering designers access information was developed. The context of an information request, the request itself and the associated search were characterised through three groups of categories. Designers were found to raise requests to acquire information and to process information. The main sources used to answer these requests were colleagues, databases and drawings. In examining how sources are used, the research confirmed that designers generally prefer to source knowledge and information through informal interactions with their colleagues and demonstrated that colleagues are more often consulted to answer the requests to process information and documentary sources to answer the requests to acquire information. The results on the use of the media to communicate with colleagues indicated that face-to-face interactions are preferred to answer the requests to process i

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Aurisicchio M, Bracewell R, 2009, ENGINEERING DESIGN BY INTEGRATED DIAGRAMS, 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Publisher: DESIGN SOC, Pages: 301-+

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AURISICCHIO M, BRACEWELL R, WALLACE K, 2009, The information requests of aerospace engineering designers, Research in Engineering Design (accepted)

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DEKEN F, AURISICCHIO M, KLEINSMANN M, LAUCHE K, BRACEWELL Ret al., 2009, Novice-Expert Design Consultations: Findings from a Field Study, International Conference on Research into Design, ICoRD’09

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KIM S, AURISICCHIO M, WALLACE KM, 2009, Towards automatic causality boundary identification from root cause analysis reports, Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Vol: Vol.20, Pages: 581-591

This paper presents the results of developing andevaluating an automatic approach that identifies causalityboundaries from causality expressions. This approachfocuses on explicitly expressed causalities extracted fromRoot Cause Analysis (RCA) reports in engineering domains.Causality expressions contain Cause and Effect pairs andmultiple expressions can occur in a single sentence. Causalityboundaries are semantically annotated text fragmentsexplicitly indicatingwhich parts of a fragment denote Causesand corresponding Effects. To identify these, linguistic analysisusing natural language processing (NLP) is required.Current off-the-shelf NLP tools are mostly developed basedon the language models of general-purpose texts, e.g. newspapers.The lack of portability of these tools to engineeringdomains has been identified as a barrier to achieving comparableanalysis accuracy in new domains. One of the reasonsfor this is the rare and unpredictable behaviours of certainwords in closed domains. Ill-formed sentences, abbreviationsand capitalization of common words also contribute to thedifficulty. The proposed approach addresses this problem byusing a probability-based method that learns the probabilitydistribution of the boundaries not only from the NLP analysisbut also from the local contexts that exploit languageconventions occurred in the RCA reports. Using a collectionof RCA reports obtained from an aerospace company, a testshowed that the proposed approach achieved 86% accuracy outperforming a baseline approach that relied only on theNLP analysis.

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Deken F, Kleinsmann M, Aurisicchio M, Bracewell R, Lauche Ket al., 2009, Relations Between Design Activities and Interactional Characteristics in Novice-Expert Design Consultations: What is done How, ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference

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Grebici K, Aurisicchio M, Bracewell R, 2009, Guiding Engineering Design Activities Through a Question Based Approach, ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference

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Deken F, Lauche K, Kleinsmann M, Aurisicchio M, Bracewell Ret al., 2009, Novice-Expert Consultations as a Vehicle for Organisational Learning: A Field Study in Engineering Product Development, 16th International Product Development Management Conference

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Aurisicchio M, Gourtovaia M, Bracewell R, Wallace Ket al., 2008, How to evaluate reading and interpretation of differently structured engineering design rationales, AI EDAM-ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR ENGINEERING DESIGN ANALYSIS AND MANUFACTURING, Vol: 22, Pages: 345-358, ISSN: 0890-0604

Documented engineering design rationale has the potential to become a key source of information about past designs. Easeof comprehension of design rationale might play a crucial role in ensuring that the full potential of documented informationis realized and that the effort and time necessary to capture design rationale pay off. This research proposes an empiricalmethodology for evaluating how structuring design rationale and supplying it with visual nontextual cues influences readingand interpretation. The study compares reading and interpretation of technical documentation presented in different formatsto engineering graduate trainees in the aerospace industry.

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Jagtap S, Johnson A, Aurisicchio M, Wallace Ket al., 2008, Causality' in In-Service Information and Design Actions, International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering, TMCE 2008

Conference paper

Aurisicchio M, Ahmed S, Wallace KM, 2008, Improving design understanding by analyzing questions, 2007 Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, DETC2007, Pages: 307-317

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Rohde D, Pavkovic N, Aurisicchio M, 2008, Design Knowledge Indexing in Relational Database, 10th International Design Conference - DESIGN 2008, Pages: 857-864

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Aurisicchio M, Wallace KM, 2007, Competencies required to undertake empirical engineering design research in industry, Journal of Design Research, Vol: 3, Pages: 381-399

Industrial organisations increasingly rely on empirical research projects to develop a better understanding of their processes. If the aim of a research project is to identify the fundamental factors influencing the design process, then a detailed study of that process is necessary. Several studies have been undertaken in academic environments to study either natural or controlled design processes. Undertaking detailed studies in industry is challenging and poses several research issues. A review of engineering design literature showed that little has been published on the competencies required by researchers carrying out such empirical studies, as well as on the characteristics of participants. This paper identifies and discusses key competencies and characteristics, based on the literature and the experience gained by the authors during a detailed research project, in collaboration with the aerospace group of a major power systems company.

Journal article

Jagtap S, Johnson A, Aurisicchio M, Wallace KMet al., 2007, In-service information flows to engineering designers, International Conference on Engineering Design

Conference paper

Ahmed S, Aurisicchio M, 2007, Understanding engineering design activity through questioning, Connected International Conference on Design Education

Conference paper

Jagtap S, Johnson A, Aurisicchio M, Wallace KMet al., 2007, In-service information requirements of engineering designers, International Conference on Engineering Design

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Aurisicchio M, Gourtovaia M, Bracewell RH, Wallace KMet al., 2007, Evaluation of how DRed design rationale is interpreted, International Conference on Engineering Design

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Aurisicchio M, Bracewell R, 2007, Characterising design questions that involve reasoning, International Conference on Engineering Design

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Aurisicchio M, Ahmed S, Wallace KM, 2007, Improving design understanding by analysing questions, ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference

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Aurisicchio M, Bracewell R, Wallace K, 2006, CHARACTERISING THE INFORMATION REQUESTS OF ENGINEERING DESIGNERS, 9th International Design Conference, Publisher: UNIV ZAGREB, FACULTY MECHANICAL ENGINEERING & NAVAL ARCHITECTURE, Pages: 1057-+

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Aurisicchio M, Bracewell RH, Wallace KM, 2006, Characterising in detail the information requests of engineering designers, ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference

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Aurisicchio M, Kim S, Wallace KM, 2006, Automatic interpretation of engineering design questions, International Design Research Symposium

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Jagtap S, Johnson A, Aurisicchio M, Wallace KMet al., 2006, How in-service experience informs design modifications: a case study in aero engines, International Conference on Trends in Product Life Cycle, Modelling Simulation and Synthesis (PLMSS-2006)

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Aurisicchio M, Bracewell RH, Wallace KM, 2006, Evaluation of DRed a way of capturing and structuring engineering design processes, NordDesign

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Aurisicchio M, 2005, Characterising information acquisition in engineering design

Thesis dissertation

Aurisicchio M, Wallace K, 2004, Information requests and consequent searches in aerospace design, 8th International Design Conference (DESIGN 2004), Publisher: UNIV ZAGREB, FACULTY MECHANICAL ENGINEERING & NAVAL ARCHITECTURE, Pages: 105-110

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Aurisicchio M, Langdon PM, Ahmed S, Wallace KMet al., 2003, Investigating knowledge searches in aerospace design, 14th International Conference on Engineering Design

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Aurisicchio M, Bracewell RH, Wallace KM, 2003, A design data model to support rationale capture and functional synthesis, ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference

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Langdon PM, Aurisicchio M, Clarkson PJ, Wallace KMet al., 2003, An integrated ethnographic and empirical methodology in a study of knowledge searches in aerospace design, 14th International Conference on Engineering Design

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Matthews PC, Ahmed S, Aurisicchio M, 2001, Extracting experience through protocol analysis, International Conference on Data Mining 2001, Workshop on Integrating Data Mining and Knowledge Management

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