Imperial College London

Dr Marco Aurisicchio

Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering

Senior Lecturer
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 1104m.aurisicchio

 
 
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Location

 

780City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Overview

Dr Aurisicchio's research interests are in the field of design.

His work in engineering design has investigated the development and operation of complex power systems. In particular, he has researched and developed methods for design rationale capture, functional modelling, requirement rationale capture and information retrieval. His contributions in this area have led to the development of tools to support engineering designers such as the Rolls-Royce Decision Rationale editor (DRed) and the design-Visual-Understanding-Environment.

To pursue his ambition to develop new intellgent tools for engineering designers he is currently researching algorithms for quantitative argumentation from artificial intelligence. These algorithms are being applied to engineering design problems through the computational tools developed in his group.

Product design research also constitutes an area of great interest to him. He is currently undertaking novel research to understand pleasant experiences resulting from human-product interaction focusing on emotional responses. His research in this area aims to inform the development of new processes and tools to support product designers. 

CURRENT RESEARCH TOPICS

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  • Engineering design
  • Complex system design
  • Knowledge management in product development
  • Design rationale capture and computer-support tools
  • Design thinking and question asking in engineering design
  • Problem understanding 
  • Requirement analysis and requirement rationale capture
  • Functional modelling and functional analysis
  • Industrial evaluation of design methods
  • Computational argumentation and quantitative reasoning
  • User experience, emotional design and positive emotions

RESEARCH STUDENTS

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Nuraini Duad, Design for motive fulfilment

Xi Yang, Digital user experience

Fadzli Bin Bahrudin, Material experience

Antonio Rago, Argumentation and decision rationale

Leo Hsu, Reconfigurable manufacturing for building systems

Tanawan Wee, Modular design for building systems

Marco Morrone, HiLumi Large Hadron Collider beam screen design

Juan Carlos Ortiz Nicolas, Understanding and designing pleasant experiences with products (completed)

Weili Dai, Supporting requirement analysis through requirement rationale capture and traceability (completed)

Tom Harrison, Understanding the fuzzy front end of design

INVITED LECTURES

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Design Knowledge Capture, lecture delivered to Human Systems Integration Division, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffet Fielfd, CA, USA, May 2014.

Supporting Conceptual Design of Complex Engineered Systems, lecture delivered to Office of the Chief Technologist, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, CA, USA, May 2014.

Lightweight Rationale Modelling for Systems Engineering, lecture delivered to PARC, A Xerox Company, Palo Alto, CA, USA, August 2013.

Decision Rationale Capture, lecture delivered to Systems Engineering division, Intelligent Systems division and Mission Design division, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffet Fielfd, CA, USA, August 2013.

RESEARCH IMPACT

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Dr Aurisicchio has researched, developed and led application in industry of two software tools known as the Rolls-Royce Decision Rationale editor (DRed) and the design Visual Understanding Environment (designVUE).

Rolls-Royce now regularly applies design rationale capture to main engine development programmes and more than 1000 of their engineers have been trained in these methods. For example, in the Rolls-Royce Future Programmes department the DRed tool for design rationale capture is almost universally used. In addition, in the Rolls-Royce Engineering Services department the practice of root cause analysis has shifted from traditional tools to DRed radically improving shared understanding of the current state of investigations. Marco has delivered DRed training to approximately 350 Rolls-Royce graduate engineers enrolled in the training programme.

The designVUE tool has received more than 1500 downloads. High profile downloads incldue: Siemens, SPAWAR Systems Centre, NASA, Solar Turbines and Nacco Materials Handling. Marco has delivered designVUE training to line engineers at Solar Turbines.

COLLABORATORS

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- Professor Peter Childs, Imperial College, Department of Mechanical Engineering

- Professor Peter Desmet, Delft Univesity of Technology, Industrial Design Engineering

- Dr Becky Hooey, NASA Ames Research Center, Human Systems Integration Division

- Professor Francesca Toni, Imperial College, Department of Computing

- Professor Pietro Baroni, Brescia University, Departmento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

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Dr Nathaniel Dahan, Design of Orthopaedic surgery SErvices (DOSE)