Tutorial speeches

Dr. Joseph T. Foley

Assistant Professor, Reykjavík University Science and Engineering Department

Axiomatic Design and Desirable Complexity

There are many design methodologies to choose from when beginning a project each with their own appropriate applications. In this tutorial, I begin by providing an ntroduction to Nam P. Suh’s “Axiomatic Design” to understand how it can be used to make intelligent design decisions using effectively only two rules i.e. Axioms: minimize  oupling in requirements and choose solutions with low information content.

Not following these rules often results in “complex” systems which are not able to meet their requirements reliably. The general approach within Axiomatic Design is to avoid or eliminate complexity, but what if an unreliablity is exactly what is needed?

The second half of the tutorial explores the concept of “desirable complexity”, an application of Suh’s complexity for fields which want to create problems or challenges rather than eliminating them: puzzles, sabotage, physical security, and unique identification. In these areas, inverting AD complexity theory gives suggestions to making duplication and solution discovery challenging by creating seemingly unsolvable problems.

Index Terms—Axiomatic Design; Complexity; Information Theory; physical security

Dr. Joseph T. Foley

Education

2000-2007 Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
1998-1999 M.Eng. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, MIT.
1994-1999 B.Sc. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, MIT.

Published work

 J. T. Foley, V. Omelianov, S. Koziel, and A. Bekasiewcz, “Low-cost antenna positioning system designed with Axiomatic Design,” in 11th International Conference on Axiomatic Design (ICAD), O. Dodoun, Ed., Sep. 15–18, Iasi, Romania: MATEC Web of Conferences, 2017, p. 7

J. T. Foley, E. Puik, and D. S. Cochran, “The faucet reloaded: Improving Axiomatic Design by example,” in 11th International Conference on Axiomatic Design (ICAD), O. Dodoun, Ed., Sep. 15–18, Iasi, Romania: MATEC Web of Conferences, 2017, p. 7

A. Breznik, P. Planišič, and J. T. Foley, “Collaborative development of an open-source rocket control system,” in IEEE 26th International Electrotechnical and Computer Science Conference ERK 2017, Portorož, Slovenia, 2017, p. 4

J. T. Foley and D. S. Cochran, “Manufacturing system design decomposition: An ontology for data analytics and system design evaluation,” in Complex Systems Engineering and Development Proceedings of the 27th CIRP Design Conference, May 10–12, Procedia CIRP, Cranfield University, UK: Elsevier ScienceDirect, 2017, pp. 175–180

E. Pétursson, I. N. Karlsson, O. G. Garðarsson, P. Pálsson, V. O. Saulius Genutis, and J. T. Foley, “Axiomatic Design of equipment for analysis of SMA spring degradation during electronic actuation,” in Complex Systems Engineering and Development Proceedings of the 27th CIRP Design Conference, May 10–12, Procedia CIRP, Cranfield University, UK: Elsevier ScienceDirect, 2017, pp. 261–266

J. T. Foley, E. Puik, and D. S. Cochran, “Desirable complexity,” in 10th International Conference on Axiomatic Design (ICAD), A. Liu, Ed., Sep. 21–23, Procedia CIRP, vol. 53, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China: Elsevier ScienceDirect, 2016, pp. 101–106

J. Guls, Ó. I. Bjarnason, Ó. Pétursson, S. Ö. Einarsson, and J. T. Foley, “Application of Axiomatic Design in designing autonomous underwater photography lighting,” in 10th International Conference on Axiomatic Design (ICAD), A. Liu, Ed., Sep. 21–23, Procedia CIRP, vol. 53, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China: Elsevier ScienceDirect, 2016, pp. 278–283

E. Puik, J. T. Foley, and D. Ceglarek, “Ignorance is bliss: Sudden appearance of previously unrecognized information and its effect,” in 10th International Conference on Axiomatic Design (ICAD), A. Liu, Ed., Sep. 21–23, Procedia CIRP, vol. 53, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China: Elsevier ScienceDirect, 2016, pp. 70–77

J. T. Foley and S. Harðardóttir, “Creative Axiomatic Design,” in 26th CIRP Design Conference, Jun. 15–17, Procedia CIRP, Stockholm, Sweden: Elsevier ScienceDirect, 2016, pp. 688–694

D. S. Cochran, J. Li, K. Vanover, and J. T. Foley, “A System Design of a Rural Hospital Operating Room,” in 26th CIRP Design Conference, Jun. 15–17, Procedia CIRP, Stockholm, Sweden: Elsevier ScienceDirect, 2016, pp. 597–603

D. S. Cochran, J. T. Foley, and Z. Bi, “Use of the Manufacturing System Design Decomposition for Comparative Analysis and Effective Design of Production Systems,” International Journal of Production Research, vol. 55, pp. 870–890, 3 2016