Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering

Senior Lecturer



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Dr. Céline Mougenot is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Collaborative Design at the Dyson School of Design Engineering. She is Director of the Collective Innovation Lab focusing on developing methodologies and tools that can support the collective production of human-centered solutions to complex challenges by diverse groups of stakeholders. The vision of the group is that research in collaborative ideation and design methods stands as a cornerstone for building a future where innovation is accessible, fair, and truly beneficial to all.

Research on tools and methods to facilitate collaborative ideation and design is paramount in creating inclusive, unbiased, and effective solutions. These methods not only democratise innovation but also enhance the ethical foundations of technological advancements. For example, in the realm of AI development, it is crucial to avoid biases that can perpetuate societal inequalities. By engaging diverse groups in the design process, we ensure a broad spectrum of perspectives are considered in the development of technological innovation. Collaborative ideation not only fosters creativity but also ensures that solutions are culturally sensitive and meet the actual needs of the users.

Our main partners include Tokyo Institute of Technology and its DLab, the University of Tokyo and its Design Lab, Telecom Paris Tech, Designit, L'Oreal and Mana Lab.

Céline's teaching roles include leading the Human Centered Design Engineering module on the Design Engineering M.Eng. programme and tutoring in the Innovation Design Engineering M.Sc./M.A. programme run jointly with the Royal College of Art

Tokyo symposium / Tanpopo-no-ye Foundation(picture: Kazue Yawase for Tanpopo-no-ye Foundation, 2020)

Prior to joining Imperial College, Céline was an Associate Prof, following a tenure-track position, at Tokyo Institute of Technology (2011-2018). She established the Design Research Group with a competitive fellowship from the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). She previously held a prestigious JSPS post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Tokyo. (2009-2011). Before joining academia, she worked as an engineering consultant in the CAD software industry at Dassault Systemes headquarters in Paris. She holds a M.Eng in Mechanical Engineering (INSA Lyon), a MSc. in Product Design and Innovation (UTC) and a PhD in Industrial Design Engineering (ENSAM Paris Tech).CILab

Post-graduate (Ph.D) Projects

  • Sander Välk. Collaborative ideation in interdisciplinary Design and Science teams
  • Malak Sadek. Codesign of Human-centred AI - Application to Conversational User Interfaces (CUIs)
  • Echo Wan. Codesign in interdisciplinary healthcare innovation teams

Completed projects:

  • Mimi Nguyen. Shared Cognition in Distributed Multidisciplinary Teams: Design and Evaluation of an AI-based Affective Recognition System for Online Collaboration (2023) - now Assistant Professor in Innovation Management at Central Saint-Martins, University of the Arts London
  • Shu Huang. Exploring the links between Individual Multicultural Experiences and Design Teams Collaboration in Educational Setting (MPhil, 2023)
  • Yuki Taoka. Culturally-sensitive co-design tools in a Japanese context - with Prof. Shigeki Saito. Tokyo Institute of Technology (2019) - now Assistant Professor in Codesign at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Lalita Haritaipan. Magic as an inspiration for Designers - with Prof. Miki Saijo. Tokyo Institute of Technology (2019) - now Management Consultant at LiB consulting, Thailand
  • Santosh Maurya. Development of a Mixed Reality-based co-design system - with Prof. Yukio Takeda. Tokyo Institute of Technology (2019) - now Digital Engineer at Hitachi, JapanPhD candidates Mimi Nguyen, Margot Sandy and Sander Vaelk

Ph.D Opportunities

Candidates interested in a PhD position in our group need to first check that they fulfill the entrance requirements for Postgraduate Study (PhD) in the School of Design Engineering. Please then contact Dr. Mougenot directly and attach your CV, brief research proposal and Ph.D intended starting date.

Additional information: Imperial College entry requirements, Imperial College President's PhD Scholarship and Design Engineering PhD Scholarship, and other scholarship schemes.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Sadek M, Calvo R, Mougenot C, 2023, Co-designing conversational agents: a comprehensive review and recommendations for best practices, Design Studies, Vol:89, ISSN:0142-694X

Valk S, Thabsuwan C, Mougenot C, 2023, The ideation compass: supporting interdisciplinary creative dialogues with real time visualization, International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation, Vol:11, ISSN:2165-0349, Pages:99-116

Nguyen QT, Mougenot C, 2022, A systematic review of empirical studies on multidisciplinary design collaboration: findings, methods, and challenges, Design Studies, Vol:81, ISSN:0142-694X

Taoka Y, Kagohashi K, Mougenot C, 2021, A cross-cultural study of co-design: the impact of power distance on group dynamics in Japan, Codesign, Vol:17, ISSN:1571-0882, Pages:22-49


Smith F, Sadek M, Mougenot C, Empowering end-users in co-designing AI: an AI literacy card-based toolkit for non-technical audiences, 36th International BCS Human-Computer Interaction Conference

Nguyen QT, Laly M, Kwon BC, et al., 2022, Moody Man: Improving creative teamwork through dynamic affective recognition, CHI 2022 - ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, Pages:1-14

Nguyen M, Mougenot C, 2020, Dimensions of multidisciplinary collaboration: a comparative literature review within design context, DESIGN 2020, Cambridge University Press, Pages:1335-1344, ISSN:2633-7762

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