Imperial College London


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Céline Mougenot is a Lecturer in Design Engineering at the Dyson School of Design Engineering. Her roles include advising Ph.D students, leading the Solo Project module on the Design Engineering M.Eng. programme and tutoring on the Innovation Design Engineering and Global Innovation Design M.Sc. / M.A. programmes run jointly with the Royal College of Art

From 2011 to 2018, Céline leading a Design Research group at Tokyo Institute of Technology. She previously worked at the University of Tokyo (Japan) and Dassault Systemes (France). She is currently involved in research projects with Tokyo Institute of Technology, the University of Tokyo and Telecom Paris Tech.

Research: Design Cognition & Collaborative Design

Céline Mougenot's research is in Design Cognition and Collaborative Design, investigating socio-cognitive aspects of innovation processes. She examines what conditions favour the emergence of new ideas, in multidisciplinary collaborations (Design / Engineering / Science / Art) or multicultural contexts (Europe / Asia).

The findings inform the development of tools that can support user-centered innovation. Previous research outcomes include a card-based toolkit that supports group creative discussion, a web-based app that provides visual inspiration to designers, a Mixed Reality system that supports co-design between designers and end-users. These tools can be used in any field that requires user-centered innovation, e.g. consumer goods, transport, healthcare devices.

Mixed Reality tool for co-design with end-usersMix toolkit (Haritaipan, Jiang, Garhwal, Watanabe, Mougenot)Supervision of Ph.D candidates

  • Mimi Quynh Trang Nguyen. Socio-cognitive study of creativity in multidisciplinary collaborations.
  • Sander Välk. Creativity in Design and Science collaborations.
  • Santosh Maurya. Development of a Mixed Reality-based co-design system, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Lalita Haritaipan. Effect of Magic-based External Stimuli on Creativity and User Experiences in Product Design, Tokyo Institute of Technology (graduated 2019)
  • Yuki Taoka. Development of culturally-sensitive co-design tools in a Japanese context, Tokyo Institute of Technology (graduated 2019)

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Arrighi PA, Mougenot C, 2019, Towards user empowerment in product design: a mixed reality tool for interactive virtual prototyping, Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Vol:30, ISSN:0956-5515, Pages:743-754

Taoka Y, Kagohashi K, Mougenot C, 2018, A cross-cultural study of co-design: The impact of power distance on group dynamics in Japan, Codesign, ISSN:1571-0882

Haritaipan L, Saijo M, Mougenot C, Impact of technical information in magic-based inspiration tools on novice designers, International Journal of Technology and Design Education, ISSN:0957-7572

Detienne F, Baker M, Vanhille M, et al., 2017, Cultures of collaboration in engineering design education: a contrastive case study in France and Japan, International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation, Vol:5, ISSN:2165-0349, Pages:104-128


Mougenot C, Watanabe K, 2013, Sensory stimulation of designers, Emotional Engineering, Pages:63-71, ISBN:9781447149835

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