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Professor Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen


  • Biography

  • Prior to joining Imperial College London and then the RCA, Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen established and led the Design Engineering and Innovation group (around 37 researchers) at the Technical University of Denmark. She completed her PhD at the Engineering Design Centre, Cambridge and was then elected Engineering fellow of Edward Murray College Cambridge.

    Saeema's research focuses on improvements of both products (including product service systems) and processes (creative, product development and innovation), through developing a scientific understanding of the processes. She has over 100 reviewed publications and works in close collaboration with industry, from the fields of aerospace, oil drilling equipment and medical devices, to consumer products such as headsets. 

    Saeema's multidisciplinary approach includes adopting computer science, engineering and psychology to tackle research projects. This approach underpins the tools and methods used to impact practice and improve products, processes and user experiences. She actively contributes to the development of rigorous research methods including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. 

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Selected Journal Articles

    Cash, P., Dekoninck, E.A., Ahmed-Kristensen, S. (2017) 'Supporting the development of shared understanding in distributed design teams', Journal of Engineering Design, 28, 147–170

    Perez Mata, M., Ahmed-Kristensen, S., Brockhoff P.B. et al. (2016) 'Investigating the influence of product perception and geometric features', Research in Engineering Design, 1–23

    Stavrakos, S-K., Ahmed-Kristensen, S., Goldman, T. (2016) 'Using archetypes to create user panels for usability studies: Streamlining focus groups and user studies', Applied Ergonomics, 56, 108–116

    Selected Conference Papers

    Cramer-Petersen, C.L., Ahmed-Kristensen, S. (2016) 'Argumentation and reasoning in design: An empirical analysis of the effects of verbal reasoning on idea value in group idea generation', 957–966

    Soendergaard, E., Ahmed-Kristensen, S. (2016) 'Developing a support tool for global product development decisions', 727–737

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  • Awards and Grants

  • Total funding received since May 2005 (44 MDKK) approximately  £4.4 M), As PI unless otherwise indicated

    • Danish Council- Industrial PhD fund application £80,000 Awarded December (2008) Integration of New Technology Knowledge.
    • Danish Council FTP- Technical University of Denmark £80,000, (2007)  Understanding the Impact of the Service Phase of One-off Machinery in Complex Engineering design
    • H.C. Orsteds fund- £30,000 Post-doctorial Fellowship
    • New Hall College Engineering College Lectureship and Fellowship 2001-04, 3 year fellowship
    • DTU, Dept. Research Grant £160,000 PhD Idea management in engineering design
    • Danish Council for Strategic Research-Centre for Performing temporary spaces for user driven innovation- Co-investigator £1,640,000
    • Industriens fond- Globalisation of Product Development £50,000 Dkr. (2011)
    • Industriens fond.- Tools and Innovation models for Global Product development  £600,000 (2012)
    • Industriens fond.- Design for emerging markets £400,000 (2013) 
    • Universe fond: Design for Value £50,000 (2014)
    • International networking fond Exploratory Approaches in Knowledge Approaches to facilitate innovation in bio-engineering £33,000, (2011)
    • EU Marie Currie Staff Exchange.  Total. £600,000, Co-investigater High value Engineering Networks: Shaping Engineering Sectors in Europe and China-.Partners University of Cambridge, and Dr University of Birmingham, (Harbin Institute of Technology, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University).
    • CAPAS Agency Fully funded PhD  £180,000 (2008)
    • DONG Energy - £80,000 008 PhD Integration of New Technology Knowledge.
    • Aker Solutions - £80,000 2007 PhD Understanding the Impact of the Service Phase of    One-off Machinery in Complex Engineering design
    • GN NETCOM-£120,000 DKK 2011 (PhD) Comfort assessment of headsets for Engineering Design
    • GN NETCOM-£100,000 (2015-7) (post doctorial researcher) Modelling wellbeing in office environments. Sensor based- data for modelling stress.
    • Rolls-Royce £60,000 Complex Decision Making. Leeds University and Rolls-Royce


Research interests

Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen's research moves towards supporting the automation of design. This is addressed through:

  1. Understanding the fundamentals of creativity, design thinking in order to advance theories and also create the foundations of AI tools, and new methods and tools.
  2. Product Development Processes;  Currently developing models to support  manufacturing firms for Innovation 4.0 though creating agile hybrid processes that can be integrated with Stage Gate models. 
  3. Making the intangible tangible- the challenge of moving the field of  user experience from a a qualitative to quantitive approaches fascinates Ahmed-Kristensen e.g. using data science techniques with AI and generative design to improve, Interaction design (for example creating tools to measure and predict comfort together with GN Netcom; emotional design (can we use computers to generate design where we can predict the perception). Current research project is looking at modelling wellbeing through sensor based data.
  4. Data to value: engineering knowledge management, product modelling; engineering change, functional modelling, bio-inspired design, ontology, data driven design.