While the principle benefits of robust design are widely accepted, there is still a large gap between robust design in theory and in practice. DTU’s annual Robust Design Day therefore aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners focusing on applied Robust Design and Variation Management in Design and Production. The objective is a regular platform for discussions and a fruitful knowledge exchange on experiences, solutions and challenges faced.

For more information please contact: Chair: Ass. Prof. Tobias Eifler

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Registration and Coffee


Introduction to PDS17 and RDD17

Ass. Prof. Tobias Eifler, Head of Robust Design, DTU-MEK

Head of the DTU Robust Design Group and chair of the Robust Design SIG in the Design Society. PhD in Engineering Design Methodology from the Technical University Darmstadt (Germany) and research focus in the field of Robust Design Methodology, Robust Design for Reliability, Variation Management across different organizational units including the benefits of new technologies and data analytics.


Quality Perception beyond splitlines – learning from automotive practice

Kevin McCauley, Senior Quality Manager at Envisage Group Ltd.

Kevin is an expert in Dimensional Control Engineering in the Automotive Industry. His previous positions include working as Quality and Dimensional Control manager at companies such as Rover, BMW, Aston Martin Lagonda, Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover and Envisage Group.


Axiomatic Design of Robust Products and Systems

Prof. Nam P. Suh, MIT & KAIST

Professor at MIT and author of the seminal works on Design Theory: Axiomatic Design. Axiomatic design has had broad uptake by industry and academics. While it divides opinion as a general design theory, the application of the axioms for the purposes of increasing Robustness is well documented.




The trade-off between complexity and robustness - development and implementation of the contradictions index

Nökkvi S. Sigurðarson, R&D Engineer at Novo Nordisk and Industrial PhD (Novo Nordisk / DTU)

Nökkvi is an R&D engineer and Industrial PhD in the DTU-Novo Nordisk Robust Design programme. Based on his a specialisation in mechanical complexity and robustness, his recent research has focused on managing technical contradictions, and the implementation of research results in industrial Practice.


Geometrical Product Specification in practice – challenges and opportunities

Johan Dovmark, Novo Nordisk A/S

Specialist in Technical Product Documentation (TPD), and the use of Geometrical product specification (GPS), across the full product realisation phase, i.e. Design, Production and Inspection. As senior consultant in the field of GPS and as coordinator within the ISO Technical Committee 213 Dimensional and geometrical product specifications and verification, Johan has significantly contributed to implementation of GPS in Denmark, in Europe, as well as beyond.


Geometric Variations Management: New challenges and opportunities

Nabil Anwer, Professor at University Paris Sud (France) and co-director of the French Research Group in Tolerancing

Nabil's research focus is geometric tolerancing and assembly, multi-sensor metrology, reverse engineering and geometric fundamentals of Geometrical Product Specifications. He is a member of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (EUSPEN) and Committee member/Expert within ISO TC 213.




Robust Design Workshop

A workshop analysing and redesigning the infamous Toyota Gas Pedal from the major 2009-11 recall. For previous workshop see here: www.robustdesign.org/workshop/




State-of-the-art Wind Turbine Diagnostics and the implications for quality engineering.

Martin Bach-Andersen, Key Expert & Industrial PhD at Siemens Wind Power Diagnostic Center

Martin has 13 years of experience in transforming industrial data into actionable insights through machine learning, physics and data driven innovation. He is currently pursuing a PhD in machine learning under the supervision of professor Ole Winther, DTU Compute, on research into deep learning based AI for large scale wind turbine monitoring systems.


Panel Discussion: Virtual simulation and physical testing strategies

Prof. Chris McMahon Engineering Design and Product Development, DTU MEK
Martin Ebro Team Lead - Engineering Analysis at Novo Nordisk
Detlef Matzen Lead Development Engineer at Danfoss
Troels Jepsen Manager Pump Hydraulics Mechanical Development at GRUNDFOS

An open panel discussion on current practices, open questions, and a vision for the implementation of coherent design verification and validation activities in danish industry.


Closing & Drinks reception

Chair: Tobias Eifler

Ass. Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Thomas J. Howard

Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Srinivasa Murthy Boorla

PhD Student

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Kristian Bjarklev

PhD Student

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Jakub Maciej Slupecki

Web Administrator and design

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