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) at the Dyson School of Design Engineering. Céline's research is in Collaborative Design. She investigates the socio-cognitive aspects of innovation processes and examines what conditions favour multidisciplinary and multicultural collaborations. The findings inform the development of tools that can support human-centred innovation activities. An example is a Mixed Reality system for co-design between designers and end-users.

Her 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 coordinating the Year 2 in the Innovation Design Engineering M.Sc. / M.A. programme run jointly with the Royal College of Art

From 2011 to 2018, Céline was the Design Research Group lead at Tokyo Institute of Technology. She previously worked as a JSPS post-doctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo (Japan) and as an engineer at Dassault Systemes (France). She holds a M.Eng in Mechanical Engineering (INSA Lyon), a MSc. in Product Design (UTC) and a PhD in Industrial Design Engineering (ENSAM Paris Tech).

Tokyo symposium / Tanpopo-no-ye Foundation(picture: Kazue Yawase for Tanpopo-no-ye Foundation, 2019)

Ph.D Projects

  • Yuki Taoka. Development of culturally-sensitive co-design tools in a Japanese context - with Prof. Shigeki Saito. Tokyo Institute of Technology (2019) - now Assistant Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Lalita Haritaipan. Effect of Magic-based External Stimuli on Creativity and User Experiences in Product Design - 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, Japan
  • Sander Välk. Science and Design multidisciplinary collaboration (3rd year)
  • Mimi Quynh Trang Nguyen. Online multidisciplinary collaboration (2nd year)
  • Shu Huang. Cultural diversity in Collaborative Design (2nd year)
  • Malak Sadek. Collaborative Design and AI (1st year)PhD candidates Mimi Nguyen, Margot Sandy and Sander Vaelk

Ph.D Opportunities

There are positions available in our research group for excellent prospective PhD students interested in Design Engineering and Design Studies. To apply for a PhD, please check that you fulfill the entrance requirements for Postgraduate Study (PhD) in the Dyson School of Design Engineering and email to Dr. Mougenot: your CV, brief research proposal and  Ph.D intended starting date.

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

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

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

Maurya S, Mougenot C, Takeda Y, 2021, Impact of Mixed Reality implementation on early-stage interactive-product design process, Journal of Engineering Design, Vol:32, ISSN:0954-4828, Pages:1-27

Baker MJ, Detienne F, Mougenot C, et al., 2020, Argumentation, Eureka and emotion: an analysis of group projects in creative design training, Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, Vol:26, ISSN:2210-6561

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

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