AIDE 2015

1st Workshop on Artificial Intelligence & Design

September 22nd, 2015

Ferrara, Italy

co-located with

XIV Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA 2015)

Fire-ball (Otomo, 1979)

>>NEW<< October 13th, 2015: The proceedings of AIDE 2015 are published as a volume of the AI*IA series of the CEUR Workshop Proceedings (!

Workshop description

Design is a fundamental activity in disciplines like engineering and architecture as well as in emerging areas of the social and life sciences.

The need for design rests on an assumption: We can improve (positively or negatively) our products, environment, personal or social life by consciously modifying different things like objects, processes, relationships. Modern design approaches, i.e., the methodological planning of what to change and how in order to obtain a certain result turned out to be successful and, as a consequence, the world that we inhabit is increasingly a designed rather than a natural one. In this sense, we could even say that we live an "artificial" world. Design is a fundamental step preceding most of our manipulation activities like manufacturing, production, construction and implementation. Design research aims to develop an understanding of designing both as a theory and as an activity, and to produce models that can be used to aid design and to improve its efficacy.

Design research can be carried out in a variety of ways. For instance, it can be viewed largely as an empirical endeavor in which experiments are designed and performed in order to test some hypothesis about some phenomenon or behavior. This is the approach adopted in cognitive science. The results of such research can form the basis of a computational model. In a second view, design research is carried out by positing principles (perhaps in terms of formal axioms) and then deriving consequences from them. If the axioms can be mapped onto design situations then the consequences will also characterize those situations. This is the approach adopted in mathematics and logic. A third view, and the most common one in the computational domain, is that design research can be carried out by conjecturing design processes, constructing computational models of those processes and then examining the behaviors of the resulting computational systems. These are just three important approaches for design research and, it is well known, Artificial Intelligence (AI) extensively exploits all three of them. We believe it is time to understand better the links between design and AI, what are today's successful stories of their integration, and what one research area can further offer to the other.

The AIDE workshop aims at providing a forum for researchers and practitioners interested in the interplay between AI and design via the presentation and discussion of state-of-the-art and cutting edge research and developments of material that integrate these two areas.

Topics of Interest

Contributions of interest to the workshop are those describing AI approaches that are needed, under development or being explored for design activities in a variety of domains such as

  • architecture design

  • engineering design

  • geodesign

  • environmental design

  • product design

  • software design

  • urban and regional planning

  • design for visual and auditory digital media (e.g., music, film, animation, entertainment)

The organizers encourage also the submission of interdisciplinary research across these and related domains where design plays a central role.

Submission Instructions

We solicit three kinds of contributions:

  • full papers (max 12 pages)
  • short papers (max 6 pages)
  • demo papers (max 3 pages)

Full papers are intended to describe original research. Short papers are suitable for presenting work in progress, even if not yet mature for publication, summaries of PhD Theses, overviews of research projects, positions on some topic, and already published work. Demo papers are intended to describe software systems and prototypes developed as part of academic or industrial projects, using AI tools and/or techniques, which will be presented at the workshop.

Papers of the three kinds will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 members of the program committee. Selection will be based on relevance, clarity, and technical quality.

Papers should be formatted according to the LNCS format (please refer to Springer for instructions) and submitted as PDF files via EasyChair at the following page

Accepted papers will be published online as a volume of the CEUR-WS workshop proceeding series. We also intend to organize a journal special issue with a selection of the best papers presented at the workshop.

Important dates

Submission deadline: June 12th, 2015  extended to June 19th, 2015
Notification of acceptance: July 19th, 2015
NEW Early registration: July 26th, 2015 (for authors of accepted papers only), August 7th, 2015 (for everybody else)
Camera ready: August 23rd, 2015
Workshop day: September
22nd, 2015

Programme schedule

08:30 - 14:30
08:50 - 09:00
09:00 - 10:30
Session 1: Ontological foundations of Design (Chair: Francesca A. Lisi)

Stefano Borgo, Massimiliano Carrara, Pawel Garbacz and Pieter Vermaas: A formalization of Ashok Goel’s SBF concept of function

Emilio Sanfilippo, Claudio Masolo and Daniele Porello: Design Knowledge Representation: An Ontological Perspective

Nicola Guarino and Maria Rosaria Stufano Melone: On the ontological status of design objects
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30
Session 2: Design in Architecture and Engineering (Chair: Maria Rosaria Stufano Melone)

Daniele Baratta: Industrial Collaborative Robot Design: a guideline for future design activity

Nikolaos Vlavianos, Stavros Vassos and Takehiko Nagakura: Towards a novel method for Architectural Design through mu-Concepts and Computational Intelligence

Marco Gavanelli, Maddalena Nonato and Andrea Peano: The Isolation System Design in Hydraulic Networks
12:30 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:30
Invited talk

Carlo Poloni: AI tools in the design process of industrial products
15:30 - 16:00
Session 3: Design Thinking (Chair: Stefano Borgo)

Francesca Alessandra Lisi: Will AI ever support Design Thinking?
16:00 - 16:30
Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00
Panel: Spatial Planning and Spatial Organizations: The challenges to AI (Chair: Dino Borri)

- Amedeo Cesta (CNR-ISTC Roma)
- Grazia Concilio (Politecnico di Milano)

- Raffaele Giordano (CNR-IRSA Bari)
- Nicola Guarino (CNR-ISTC Trento)
- Giovanni Rabino (Politecnico di Milano)
18:00 - 18:10 Closing


The workshop will take place in Room 1 at the ground floor of
Palazzo Trotti Mosti (Trotti Mosti Palace): Corso Ercole I d'Este, 37 - Ferrara
Building Plan

The registration desk is located in the Main Room Entrance at the first floor of Palazzo Trotti Mosti.

Coffee breaks and the lunch will take place in Acquario Room at the ground floor of
Palazzo Giordani (Giordani Palace): Corso Ercole I d'Este, 44 - Ferrara
Building Plan

Programme Committee

Tarek R. Besold (University of Osnabrück, Germany)
Mehul Bhatt (University of Bremen, Germany)
Stefano Borgo (
Domenico Camarda (
Politecnico of Bari, Italy)
Enrica Colabella (Politecnico of Milano, Italy)
Anna De Liddo (The Open University, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Argyris Dentsoras (University of Patras, Greece)
Floriana Esposito (
University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy)
Nicola Guarino
(CNR-ISTC, Italy)
Oliver Kutz (Free University of Bolzano/Bozen, Italy)
Francesca A. Lisi (
University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy) CHAIR
Riichiro Mizoguchi (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
Pieter Pauwels (University of Ghent, Belgium)
Giovanni Rabino (Politecnico of Milano, Italy)
Chiara Renso (CNR-ISTI, Italy)
Carl Schultz (University of Muenster, Germany)
Rossella Stufano Melone (Politecnico of Bari, Italy)

Walter Terkaj (CNR-ITIA, Italy)


The participation to the workshop requires the participant to be a member of the AI*IA association for 2015 and to register to the workshop by paying a fee.

The registration procedure is managed by AI*IA. To register follow the instructions at:

Organising Committee

Stefano Borgo
Laboratory for Applied Ontology, CNR-
ISTC, Trento

Domenico Camarda
Department of
Civil Engineering, Politecnico of Bari

Francesca A. Lisi (contact person)
Department of Computer Science, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”

Historical curiosity

The workshop will be held in Ferrara (Italy) which provides the first example in the history of urbanistics of a city designed using modern methods (15th century).

CNR Politecnico di Bari Università degli Studi di Bari