Email: akin.kazakci(-at-), Téléphone :

Domaines de compétences : Design Theory, Design Strategy Analysis, Innovation Management, Operations Research, Multicriteria Decision Making, Artificial Intelligence in Design, Machine Learning.

Our paper on Brainstorming vs. Creative Design Reasoning has made it to news; 

The Times Science and Daily Mail Online reports.

It is to be presented in Design Computation and Cognition’14 end of June 2014, with my co-authors Thomas Gillier, Gerald Piat and Armand Hatchuel.

NEW: Workshop on Big Data, Machine Learning and Innovative Design.

A half-a-day workshop will be held during the conference Design Computing and Cognition. The workshop will be chaired by Yoram Reich, Amedeo Napoli, Pavlos Delias and myself. Topics include:

  • Big data and design processes
  • Big data and creativity
  • Novelty detection vs. novelty generation
  • Data-mining and design strategy
  • Design evaluation and big data
  • Interaction design and mining user data
  • Data-mining and breakthrough design
  • Innovation policy design and big data
  • Design theory and machine learning theory

See the workshop page on conference website here for more information and the website dedicated to the workshop for updates&news.


Professional preparation

  • Galatasaray University, Industrial Engineering, B.S., 1999
  • Université Paris IX Dauphine, Decision Analysis and Management Science, M.S., 2000
  • Université Paris IX Dauphine, Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence in Design), Ph.D., October 2007
  • French Ministry of Education and Research, Qualification for Computer Science, 2008
  • Mines ParisTech, Design Theory, Postdoctoral research

Academic positions

  • 2013- …  Deputy head for International Master MVE and MS IVE for Mines Paristech
  • 2012-…  Secretary of International Design Society’s Design Theory Special Interest Group
  • 2012- …  Assistant Professor (tenure track), Center for Management Science, Mines ParisTech, France
  • 2009-2012      Research Fellow, Design Theory and Methods for Innovation Chair, Mines ParisTech, France
  • 2007- 2012     Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Management Science, Mines ParisTech, France
  • 2001-2007     Teaching Assistant, Université Paris IX Dauphine, France
  • 2000-2007     Research Assistant, Université Paris IX Dauphine, France

Awards, distinctions and participations

  • Outstanding contribution award, International Design Conference, 2014, Croatia
  • Best Paper Award, European Academy of Management, 2014, Spain
  • Best Paper Award, International Design Conference, 2004, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Research and Teaching Grant (ATER) from French Ministry of Education and Research
  • PhD. Research Grant (Allocation de Recherche) from French Ministry of Education and Research
  • Scholarship for Excellence, French Ministry of Education and Research, 1999
  • Member of Design Theory Special Interest Group, International Design Society
  • Member of Design Creativity Special Interest Group, International Design Society
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Board of International Design Conference
  • Member of Design Theory and Methods for Innovation Chair
  • Member of Program Committee for Design Computing and Cognition’14

Research domains

  • Design theory (C-K theory, logical and mathematical modeling in design, formal learning and creativity models)
  • Design reasoning and OR/AI models (design assistants, simulation of design reasoning, AI in design, conceptive artificial intelligence, machine learning in design)
  • Design Creativity (modeling, experimental approaches, methods for creativity)
  • Design and innovation management (modeling of emerging collaborations in innovative design)

Teaching experience

At Mines ParisTech

  • Design theory and Eco-design (2009-…). Creation of the module for Specialised Master « Ingénierie du Véhicule Electrique » (with Sophie Hooge). Includes 30h theoretical lectures, exercise sessions and group projects.
  • Operations research (starting 2013-…). Master TRADD sponsored by Renault. Includes 21h theoretical lectures and exercise sessions.
  • Logical Modelling of Design Reasoning and Learning. Intervention in “Option Ingénierie de la Conception” (2008-…). Models of learning in logic (Kripke structures, Monotonic and non-monotonic learning), C-K reasoning with logical formalism, Graph based knowledge models and design reasoning, Demonstration with Joujou simulations.

At partner institutions  

  • Theory and methods for innovative design (with Michel Nakhla). Master MODO, l’Université Paris Dauphine (2007-…), 12h (6h on theoretical lectures and introduction to C-K theory and 6h on advances on design theory, introduction to research workshops)
  • Introduction to Design Theory, Master DICAMP, ENIT, Tunisie, (one week introductory course, with DTMI pedagogical team)
  • C-K theory and organization of design activities. Specialised Master, ENSAM. 12h theoretical lectures and exercice sessions (2007-…).
  • C-K theory and organization of design activities. Course on “Cycle Ingénieur”, EIGSI. 12h theoretical lectures and exercice sessions (2007-2009).

Past teaching activities

  • Scientific Management and Decision Aiding, Introduction to Algorithms and Programming, Introduction to Programming and Databases, Algorithmics and Programming in Java.

Participation to supervision and coaching activities

Phd Thesis

  • Paris Chrysos, “Design regimes in Web2.0: Management of extendable products and open business models”, (with Philippe Lefebvre)

“Option” projects  (Mines Paristech, 3rd year student projects)

  • Florient Bores, IdeXlab, Development and use of open innovation tools for innovative design, 2014 (in progress)
  • Augustin Barat and Thomas Cassou, La valeur des projets en rupture : la conception innovante de «road- maps». (2013)
  • Benoit Tucoulat and Jean-Charles Gillet, Beyond the Sea, “Kites as an alternative energy generation mechanisms for marine transport” (2012)
  • Jean-René Robin and Victor Sébag, Vallourec, “Designing tubes installable without grease: what is an exploration strategy that minimizes risks?” (2011)

Master thesis and Interships projects

  • Cansu Akar, Master TRADD, Renault, Evaluating text mining tools and application for strategic watch on mobility (2013, with Sophie Hooge)
  • Nicolas Paget, Master MODO, Renault, “Design of security evaluation indicators for emerging objects: application to interactive security systems” (2012 – in progress)
  • Yacine Boullalouche, Master MODO, Dassault Systèmes, “Developping and promoting knowledge creation in a collaborative web2.0 platform by innovative design” (2011)
  • Evaluation and restitution of internship reports (stages d’exécutant) for 1st year students at Mines Paristech (2009 – …)

Academic visits

  • Center for Design Research, Stanford University, US, (June 2010 and July 2011). Study of observation and experiment based methods in design research and the possibility of theory-driven experiments (with Ade Mabogunje)
  • Key Center of Design Cognition and Computation, University of Sydney, Australia (May 2005, 6 months). Study of situated cognition models in design research (with John Gero)
  • Institute for Language, Logic and Computation, University of Amsterdam, regular visits for joint scientific projects (with Lex Hendriks and Joop Niekus)

Software and programming

DesigNAR– This is a design studio written in C#. It allows the user to elaborate a function-behavior-structure (FBS) graph for design concepts, to build and manage an FBS database (stored as an XML file). The particularity of DesigNAR is its embedded design assistant that cooperates with the user by suggesting design actions and by learning from its experience. DesigNAR is built within the framework of my Ph. D. project. It implements the notions of constructive memory, grounding of concepts, fluid concept representations and non-axiomatic reasoning based on term logic. It is compatible with C/K/E design theory and Situated cognition theory. Furthermore, DesigNAR’s shell can be used for implementing other techniques based on FBS representation schema.

Joujou –  This software implements a simulation based study of C-K type design
reasoning. It has been built using graph-theory based formalism that has been developed with Java and JUNG (Java Universal Network Graph) library. The two main objectives of Joujou are (i) to offer pedagogical means in teaching C-K theory using visualization capabilities of JUNG and (ii) investigating various hypothesis and design strategies.


Recent submissions

  • Kazakci, A., Robin, J-R, Sebag, V., Analysing design strategy through modelling: the contribution of formal design theories, Submitted to Journal of Engineering Design.
  • Kazakci, A., Conceptive artificial intelligence: insights from design theory. Submitted to Research in Engineering Design.
  • Gillier, T., Kazakci, A., Piat, G., The elaboration of breakthrough concepts by design teams, submitted.
  • Arrighi, P-A., Kazakci, A., Requirements for effective industrial design software: retracing historical evolution of CAD tools for enabling better design integration, submitted.

Journal Papers

Book Chapters

Conference Proceedings (Peer reviewed on full paper)

Other conference papers 

  • Chrysos, P., Kazakci, A. and Lefebvre, P., Open Products: a study on the open partition of Web 2.0 platforms. 17th International Product Development Management Conference (IPDM),Murcia, Spain 2010.
  • Chrysos, P., Kazakci, A. and Lefebvre, P., Re-discussing the design: how is openness managed? A study on the Web 2.0 platforms continuous openness phase. EGOS 2010 Lisbon, Portugal, 2010.
  • Kazakci, A. The design of C-K design theory. in Seventh International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering, TMCE 2008. 2008. Turkey.
  • Kazakci, A. A theoretical framework for defining, designing and building design assistants. in Seventh International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering, TMCE 2008. 2008. Turkey.
  • Kazakci, A.O. and A. Tsoukiàs. Structuration de problèmes, construction des alternatives et leurs évaluations : enseignements des théories de conception. 2004. GdR MACS – pôle STP – Journées de Nantes 25-26 Mars 2004, Nantes, France.

Talks and Seminars

  • Kazakci, A., Genetic computation and design, 6th workshop of Design Theory Special Interest Group, Mines ParisTech, 2013
  • Kazakci, A., Design tools based on semantic tableaux, 5nd workshop of Design Theory Special Interest Group, Mines ParisTech, 2012 (with Lex Hendriks)
  • Kazakci, A., A formal account of C-K design theory, 4nd workshop of Design Theory Special Interest Group, Mines ParisTech, 2011 (with Lex Hendriks)
  • Kazakci, A., A presentation of C-K design theory: context, applications and extentions, Invited talk, DesignX seminars, Center for Design Research, Stanford University, 23 june 2010.
  • Kazakci, A., Une analyse des mathématiques intuitionnistes du point de vue de la théorie de conceptionInvited talk, JM2REAL, Mathématiques pour l’ingénieur: conception et innovation. 10 décembre 2010.
  • Kazakci, A., Simulation tools for C-K theory, 3nd workshop of Design Theory Special Interest Group, Mines ParisTech, 2010.
  • Kazakci, A., Mathematics of design and design in mathematics, 2nd workshop of Design Theory Special Interest Group, Mines ParisTech, 2009.
  • Kazakci, A. A concept-knowledge theory of design reasoning: an introduction to some research perspectives on the formal development of design theory; Invited talk, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam 2008.

Thesis and reports

  • Kazakci, A., Imaginative constructivism in design. Mission report on visit to CDR at Stanford University. TMCI, CGS, Mines ParisTech, Paris, 2010.
  • Theory-driven experiments in design: Memorandum for a polycentric experimental research on design theory, Internal report. TMCI CGS, Mines ParisTech, Stanford, CA, 2010.
  • Kazakci, A., La théorie CKE comme fondement théorique pour les assistants de conception: DesigNAR; un assistant de synthèse de concept basé sur la théorie CKE, in LAMSADE. 2007, Thèse. Université Paris IX Dauphine: Paris. p. 253.
  • Kazakci, A. « Personal design assistants: Operationalizing the C-K design theory by situated design agents », mai 2004, 201 pp. (prejury report, in french).
  • Kazakci, A. « Interval linear programming for the study of the agricultural supply in Poitou-Charentes area », Economie Publique, Série Mémoire et Thèses de l’INRA, November 2001, 130 pp. (master thesis, in french).