Motivation for Robust Design day

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.

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  • Robust Design Methodology
  • Process Capable Design
  • Tolerance & Quality Engineering
  • Kinematics & Exact Constraints


08:30 Registration & Coffee
08:55 PDS16 Welcome address
Prof. Niels Henrik Mortensen, Head of Section, DTU MEK
09:00 Day Introduction & Keynote
09:05 The Variation Managment Framework (VMF) - Use and Case Study
Thomas J. Howard, Head of Robust Design Group, DTU MEK
09:45 The Chain Method - Managing Complex Assemblies
Prof. Daniel E. Whitney, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
10:30 Break
10:45 Talk - TBA
11:30 Talk - TBA
12:15 LUNCH
13:15 Robust Design Workshop: Managing Variation
15:15 Break
15:30 Talk - TBA
16:15 Talk - TBA
17:00 Closing Statement & Wine reception


Dr. Crispin Hales
CEO, Hales & Gooch LTD.
40 years of engineering design experience. Expert in failure analysis, safety of mechanical systems and accident reconstruction. Author of "Managing Engieering Design". PhD from Cambridge on the engineering design process.
Prof. Daniel E. Whitney
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Author of Seminal Book on “Mechanical Assemblies: Their Design, Manufacture, and Role in Product Development”. Senior Consultant and Researcher in Mechanical Design, Robotics & Automation. Currently Prof Emeritus at MIT.
Thomas J. Howard
Head of Robust Design Group, DTU MEK
Head of the Robust Design DTU. Winner of the DTU Innovation Prize 2014, BMW European Scietific Award 2005. PhD and research in Engineering Design, more specifically on embodiment design, robustness, quality engineering and layout.
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