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Design Computation Input/ Output Conference, or simply DC I/O, was established with the premise that computational design methods should benefit from the scientific method and whenever possible, be cross-referenced in the many disciplines of design to evolve and diversify the field.

The way DC I/O is organised aims to assist in the understanding of the physical and digital relationships of producing design. It focuses on the many channels to capture the data necessary to inform design, the processes – natural and/or digital – of articulating this data input to accomplishing design, and outcomes of these processes as artefacts and references of study in the domain of computational design.

The conference publications are peer-reviewed and include the classic structure of a literature review, hypothesis, methodology, results, and conclusion but they give particular emphasis to the structured statement of the computational method used and how this method represents a progression in the field of research.

Conference Overarching Aims

Computational design can be described as the application of computational strategies to the design process. While designers traditionally rely on intuition and experience to solve design problems, computational design aims to enhance that process by encoding design decisions using a computer language. The goal isn’t to document the final result necessarily, but rather the steps required to create that result.

The DC I/O conference aims to progress the understanding and application of computational design in relation to current global challenges (WEF and UCL ) and current Technological and Industrial developments. This creates a unique opportunity for cross-fertilization in theory and practice of the domains computational design and interactive techniques, inspiring progress through education, excellence, and sharing four fundamental goals:

  • Premier status as measured by community loyalty, contributor quality, external recognition, and competitor response.
  • Leading-edge as recognized by discipline experts and the industry at large.
  • Effectiveness of education, interaction, and excellence as measured by contributor, committee, and community satisfaction and involvement.
  • Sustainable continuity as measured by volunteer commitment, community interest, and financial self-sufficiency.

Accepted papers have to demonstrate testable evidence in the progression of a working hypothesis of the computational method in question. Authors can also opt to publish part or all of their research in the Design Computation Semantic Wiki under the relevant Creative Commons license.

Conference Themes

The DC I/O conference is organized into three main themes. At the core of the conference is the theme of Algorithms. This is further studied from a contextual perspective as the activity generating Cultures of computational design and, from the natural sciences perspective, as the activities encoding Cognitions of computational design.

The themes of Algorithms, Cultures, and Cognitions guide the peer-review process and workstreams of the conference.

Conference Objectives & Topics

DC I/O's primary focus is on the computational design 'Input and Output' and how algorithmic methodologies are used in design to leverage emerging technologies and enable solutions for global challenges. The topics presented here are not exhaustive and the conference is interdisciplinary by nature.

Computational Design

Artificial Architecture; Artificial Intelligence in Design; Assisted Design Decision Making; Augmentation; Automated Design Systems; Bio-Integrated Design; Biomimetics; Building Information Modeling (BIM); Calculation and Design Analysis; Change Management in Design; Computational Analogy; Computational and Parametric Geometry; Computational Creativity; Computational Fluid Dynamics; Computer Supported Collaborative Design (CSCD, CSCW-D); Computer-Aided Design (CAD); Data Visualization and Analysis for design; Design Cognition; Design For Manufacturing (DFM), Robotics and Automation; Design Knowledge Capture; Design Support Systems; Digital Fabrication; Digital Fabrication; Digital morphogenesis; Documentation Automation; Environments & Ecosystems; Expert and Knowledge-based Systems; Interaction Design; Modelling; Natural navigation; Optimization; Responsive computer-aided design; Simulation; Topology; Techtonics; Visual and Spatial Modelling; Visualization & Communication;

For more information computational design, please refer to the following links: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/design_computing

Emerging Technologies

3D Sensing Cameras; 5G; Adaptive ML, DigitalOps AI PaaS, Biochips; AI-driven development; AR Cloud; Augmented analytics; Augmented Intelligence; Autonomous Driving Level 5; Autonomous Things; Biotech; Blockchain; Decentralized Autonomous Organization; Decentralized Web; Digital ethics and privacy; Digital twins; Edge Analytics; Edge Applications; Emotion AI; Explainable AI; Flying Autonomous Vehicles; Generative Adversarial Networks; Graph Analytics; Immersive technologies; Immersive Workspaces; Light Cargo Delivery Drones; Low Earth Orbit Satellite Systems; Nanoscale 3D Printing; Personification; Quantum computing; Smart spaces; Synthetic Data, Knowledge Graphs; Transfer Learning;

For more information regarding emerging technologies, please refer to the following links:

Global Challenges

Climate change; Financial sustainability & responsibility; Food security; Future healthcare; Future of the internet; Future of work/unemployment; Gender equality; Global trade; Green economy; Inclusive growth; International monetary fund; Long-term investment; Recessions; Regulatory frameworks; Sustainable growth; Trust;

For more global challenges themes, please refer to the following articles:

Industry Verticals

Architecture; Construction; Education; Energy and Power; Engineering; Fashion; Financial Services; Government and Democracy; Healthcare; Legal; Manufacturing; Media and Telecommunications; Real Estate; Resources; Retail and Consumer Goods; Technology; Travel and Transport;

For more industry vertical themes, please refer to the following articles:

Conference Submission

The submission platform for DC I/O 2020 is EasyChair. You can submit your work on the following link:

Full papers submissions

Abstract submission

Information about how to prepare your abstract for DC I/O can be found on the DC I/O Abstract Template page. There you can also download the abstract template document.

Papers submission

Information about how to prepare your paper for DC I/O can be found on the DC I/O Paper Template page. There you can also download the paper template document.

Posters submissions

Information about how to prepare your poster for DC I/O can be found on the DC I/O Poster Template page. There you can also download the poster template document.

Presentation slides

Information about how to prepare your poster for DC I/O can be found on the DC I/O Slides Template page. There you can also download the slide template document.

DCWiki article upload

You are free to opt in to upload your paper on the Design Computation Wiki. For this, please make yourself familiarised with the Creative Commons licensing. For submission in this wiki, please make yourself familiarised with the DCWiki Manual of Style.

How to participate

To submit, attend or volunteer, please refer to the DC I/O website.


For all DC I/O conference material, please search 'DCIO' in this wiki. The DCIO category tags all conference information contents. For general information to create articles in the DCWIKI please refer to the Wiki Manual of Style.