Analogies and Metaphors in Design Cognition:
Theory and Tools for Design Practice
Important Dates
May 7 Submissions due
May 14 Notification of acceptance
May 25 Revised submissions due
June 5, 2012, 2:00pm-5:30pm Workshop

Workshop Aim:

Discuss how analogies and metaphors, including bio-mimicry, can be used to affect design cognition and learning.

Demonstrate and discuss how computing can scaffold that cognition. Provide methods and tools that help designers integrate analogies, bio-mimicry, and metaphors into their practice.

Develop a concrete research agenda for the study of analogies and metaphors in the context of design computing and cognition.

Workshop Chair
Mark Fuge, University of California - Berkeley, U.S.A. (mark.fuge@berkeley.edu)
Alice Agogino, University of California - Berkeley, U.S.A. (agogino@berkeley.edu)
Julie Linsey, Texas A&M University, U.S.A. (jlinsey@tamu.edu)
Rob Stone, Oregon State University, U.S.A. (rob.stone@oregonstate.edu)
Program Committee

Kristina Shea, T.U. Munich, Germany
Daniel McAdams, Texas A&M University, U.S.A.
Andy Dong, University of Sydney, Australia
Matthew Campbell, University of Texas - Austin, U.S.A.

Workshop Notes


Workshop format:

- Workshop chairs will present a brief overview of the current state of research on analogy and metaphor use in design.
Analogies and Metaphors in Design Cognition:
- Selected participants will present 5-7 minute summaries about their work on the effects of analogies or metaphors on cognition.
- We'll discuss that research, along with future research directions, in the context of design cognition.
Coffee Break
Analogies and Metaphors in Design Computing:
- Selected participants will present 5-7 minute demos of their current computing tools and methods for supporting analogy/metaphor use or creation during the design process.
- All participants will break out into interactive sessions where participants are split into small groups and given a chance to try out a specific demo on some sample design tasks.
- Workshop chairs will de-brief the breakout session, leading into a larger discussion of future research directions in the context of design computing.
Wrap up:
- Workchairs will moderate a discussion about the workshop and opportunities for future research agenda

Submission information:
For Demos:
Please submit an abstract and short (1 page) description of the tool or method you would like to demonstrate, and how it fits with the workshop theme. Include links to videos or online media, if relevant.
For Discussion Participants:
Please submit a one page position paper describing your research contributions to the area.

Preference will be given to participants that have demo-able computing tools, lab-study results, or existing teaching resources that can be shared with workshop participants. All submissions should be formatted according to the DCC12 guidelines. Of the accepted participants, a subset will be given 5-7 minutes to present an overview of their tool or research during the workshop, in order to promote discussion.

Attendees at the workshop need to register either as an addition to the DCC'12 conference registration at a cost of $25, or if not registered for the conference at a cost of $50. Please go the Registration page to register.

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