AnalyzeD: A Virtual Design Observatory, Project Launch Year

  • Martin Steinert (Co-I)
  • Hai Nugyen
  • Rebecca Currano
  • Larry LeiferEmail author
Part of the Understanding Innovation book series (UNDINNO)


This chapter describes the launch year activities of the analyzed project where we aim to quantify engineering design behavior to such an extent that use statistical algorithm to discover, describe and model fundamental design thinking behavior paradigm. It is a joint research endeavor with the EPIC chair of Prof. Hasso Plattner at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), University of Postdam. As main result from the Stanford side, we were able to generate several proofs of concepts on gathering and analyzing design process data from various sources and in various data quality. Especially noteworthy is the analysis of CAD data in a novel and comprehensive way. Collaborating with a leading CAD software supplier, we are able to firstly extract every single engineer-system interaction and secondly, using genetic algorithms, we are able to statically identify patterns without an a priori model assumption.


Engineering Education Computer Numerical Control Reflective Practice User Session Design Thinking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Steinert (Co-I)
    • 1
  • Hai Nugyen
    • 1
  • Rebecca Currano
    • 1
  • Larry Leifer
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Center for Design Research (CDR)Stanford University, School of EngineeringStanfordUSA

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