Call: Smart Design Conference 2013

Smart Design Conference 2013
5-7 February 2013
The University of Western Sydney (Parramatta South Campus)


The 2nd International Smart Design conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss issues, identify challenges and directions, and share their R&D findings and experiences in the areas of design, materials and technology. The University of Western Sydney, in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University (UK), is proud to be hosting this conference in 2013.

Conference Scope and Theme

New materials and advanced technologies are critical to the economy of the twenty-first century. Good product designs merge materials, technology and hardware into a unified user experience in which technology recedes into the background. By focusing on functional gain, critical awareness and emotive connection, even multifaceted and complex technology can become an integral part of daily life. Researchers, designers and developers must understand how to appropriate the right technical and human knowledge to drive their innovations.

Who Should Participate?

Researchers, professionals, industrialists, academics and students in appropriate fields. We welcome all who are interested in the area of smart design and new and emerging technologies and materials, for instance:

  • Professionals and managers working in engineering, product development, material sciences and related areas.
  • National and regional development agencies and governmental bodies.
  • Appropriate professional bodies and media.
  • Academics and researchers working in the field of Technology & Design.
  • Academics and researchers working in related disciplines.

Abstract Submission

The conference will feature keynote lectures and research paper presentations (parallel sessions). We are calling for 300 word abstracts that address the key conference themes:

  • Smart materials/technical textiles/wearable devices
  • Personal/home robotics
  • Clinical and medical devices
  • Smart packaging
  • Intelligent environments

Abstracts will be blind-reviewed, with successful authors invited to present and submit a full paper for peer review and publication in the Smart Design book, to be published by Springer.

Please submit your 300 word abstract through the Smart Design Conference website:
by Sunday 28 October 2012.

For further information on the conference, please visit the conference website:

For information on the 2013 conference location, please visit


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