PhD Student Laxmi Poudel Received Scholarship for a NSF-Sponsored Summer School

The University of Southern California, with funding support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), will be hosting a six-day Summer School in June 2018 that will introduce graduate students to the foundations of decision making in systems engineering and design. Click here for more details. 

Our Ph.D. student Laxmi Poudel has received scholarship to attend this event. Congratulations to Laxmi!


Awarded Provost’s Collaborative Research Grants

We are awarded the Provost’s Collaborative Research Grants by Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Enhancement at the University of Arkansas (UA). The Provost’s Collaborative Research Grants are intended to help faculty with cross-disciplinary research and scholarly production, and promote collaboration between two or more researchers.

In this research project, we will team up with Professor Dinesh Gauri from the Department of Marketing at the UA to investigate How enterprises’ pricing strategies and design decisions together influence customers’ choice behaviors under the multi-competitor market scenario? Our research objective is to develop a data-driven game-theoretic framework that integrates demand forecasting from market perspective and design strategy forecasting from engineering perspective in support of enterprise decision-making. Dinesh Gauri is a Professor of Marketing and Wal-Mart Chair in Marketing and Executive Director of Retail Information at Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. See more introduction on our Research Project page.

Design Challenge – Call for Participation – Have Fun and Get Rewards!

The System Integration and Design Informatics (SiDi) Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is going to conduct a design challenge – Solarized Energy-Plus Home Design. You can get rewards by participation and you will be rewarded based on the quality of your final design. Minimum earning of $15 is guaranteed if you finish the complete session of the design challenge.

We will hold three sessions on Nov. 14th (2 pm) and 16th (10 am and 12 pm) at MEEG building room 228. Each session will take about 2 hours to accomplish. For detailed information, please see the attached flyer.

You are eligible to participate in this challenge if you are over 18 years old. No experience necessary. So come to design your own solarized home and get rewards! Please register by providing your name, email and the session you plan to attend. You can also scan the QR code in the flyer to register. We look forward to seeing you!



Dr. Sha Visited Prof. Wu at UCF

Dr. Dazhong Wu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Wu’s research interests include IoT-enabled smart manufacturing, diagnostics, prognostics, reliability engineering, and additive manufacturing. Dr. Sha visited Dr. Wu from Oct. 12th to 15th and presented his research in “Modeling Stakeholders’ Decision-Making in Support of Complex Systems Design”. They also discussed the research collaboration opportunities in additive manufacturing, cloud-based manufacturing and design of community-driven manufacturing systems. This visit is sponsored by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Travel Grants Program.

The Workshop was Successfully Held at ASME IDETC/CIE 2017

We organized a workshop titled “Lab Experiments on Individual and Interactive Decision Making in Design” on the ASME IDETC/CIE 2017  on August 5th at Cleveland, OH. The workshop was collaboratively organized with Dr. Jitesh Panchal, Dr. Ilias Bilionis and Dr. Karthik Kanna from Purdue University. Dr. Sha presented three different lab experiments in support of understanding the designers’ behaviors under competition and their decisions-making strategies about information acquisition in engineering systems design. The papers related to research presented in this workshop can be found here and here.