The 1st International Symposium of
Design Creativity (ISDC)

8th to 9th November, 2024
Ohashi Campus, Kyushu University, Japan

Registration for Free

Each block in the logo is an abstract version of the letters I, S, D & C. Individual blocks placed in different orientations and sizes represent diverse people and perspectives of decentralized groups coming together to create a forum/ shared space.

The letter 'C' of creativity will be contextualized every year to represent the hosting location, by using green hues for Indonesia, vibrant pink tones for Japan, fiery orange for India, bold reds for China, and cool blues for Europe, each color palette serving as a visual tribute to the cultural richness and diversity of the host country.

Team: Aparna Pardhi, K Shrikaran, Chitransh Anand, Mohit Ingle (left to right)

The team is a group of four master's students in Design from the Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Guwahati, India. Each of them, hailing from diverse cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds, brings a kaleidoscope of perspectives to every project they undertake, enriching the creative process.

Welcome to the inaugural International Symposium on Design Creativity. This is a pioneering initiative of Design Creativity SIG that will foster a vibrant forum dedicated to exploring the boundaries of design creativity. Our symposium series is based on a Distributed Autonomous Society (DASci) framework: a multipolar approach with co-locations in Japan, India, Indonesia and the EU. This decentralised structure allows us to bridge local insights with global perspectives and to enhance the synergies between diverse disciplines and regions. We emphasise synergy with major centralised conferences and publications, working together to revitalize and develop the field through interactive and substantive discussions, ensuring that all voices contribute to a rich and diverse dialogue.

ISDC2024 highlights diverse approaches in design creativity studies, showcasing the characteristics of our co-location in Japan and shaping the future of design creativity studies across disciplines. Join us at this landmark event as we embark on a journey to explore, inspire and innovate our frontier with our shared interests in Design Creativity Studies.

Akane Matsumae, Ph.D.
General Chair, The 1st International Symposium in Design Creativity
Associate Professor, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Japan
Chair, Design Creativity SIG at Design Society

Akane Matsumae


Friday, November 8, 2024


Reception & Poster Setting


Welcome Remark

Akira Omoto, Ph.D.

Professor/Dean/Vice President, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Japan


What is creativity research? (TBD)


Abstract will be added here.

Amaresh Chakrabarti

Amaresh Chakrabarti, Ph.D.

Professor/ Chair, Department of Design and Manufacturing, Indian Institute of Science, India
Former Chair of Design Creativity SIG at Design Society

Amaresh Chakrabarti is a Senior Professor and current Chair for Department of Design & Manufacturing, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru. He has BE (Mech Engineering, IIEST Shibpur), ME (Mechanical Systems Design, IISc) and PhD (Engineering Design, University of Cambridge UK). His interests are in synthesis, creativity, sustainability, AI, informatics, Industry 4.0, and design research methodology. He published 23 book volumes, over 300 peer-reviewed articles, and has 11 patents granted/pending. He co-authored DRM, a methodology used widely as a framework for design research. He has been Associate Editor, AI EDAM and Design Science Journals (Cambridge University Press), Area Editor, Research in Engineering Design, Regional Editor, Journal of Remanufacturing (Springer), and Advisory Editor for 7 Journals including Clean Technologies & Environmental Policy (Springer), and J of Engineering D and Int J Design Creativity & Innovation (T&F). He has been on the Advisory Board and Board of Management of the Design Society; member, CII Design Council India; Jury, India Design Mark; CII Smart Manufacturing Council India. He founded IDeaSLab – India’s first Design Observatory, co-founded India’s smart factory, and ICoRD series of conferences.




Campus tour & Break

One of the characteristics of defining design understanding in Japan is the diversity of design objects. This tour will visit some of the facilities of the venue, the Faculty of Design at Kyushu University, where a range of design fields, including acoustic design and bio-design, are studied.

Tour #1: Acoustic Facilities Tour

Tour #2: Visiting the Molecular World within Cells through Virtual Reality

Daisuke Inoue

Cells, invisible small world filled with exceptional molecular materials and innovative technological ideas. By experiencing the world of cells through Virtual Reality (VR), we can bridge the molecular scale with the human scale, gaining insights into the unique designs of the molecular world. This VR experience has the potential to enhance creativity in designing molecular-scale systems, opening new avenues for innovative exploration and understanding of molecular worlds.

Daisuke Inoue

Daisuke Inoue, Ph.D.

Biophysics, Bioengineering, Molecular robotics, Nanotechnology, BioArt

Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Japan

Daisuke Inoue is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Design of Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. He gained his PhD at the Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan in 2015 for dynamic pattern formation of cytoskeletons. In the same year, he moved to the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Grenoble, and Université Paris Diderot, Paris (2016), France to study spatial crosstalk of cytoskeletons in their self-organization. In 2018, he worked at the Biodesign Institute of Arizona State University, Tempe, USA to develop a new programmable design method for cytoskeletons using DNA nanotechnology. In 2019, he started his laboratory at the Faculty of Design of Kyushu University to exploit biological design based on self-organization and bio-art inspired by cytoskeletons. Currently, he is also challenging to develop digital visualization methods of cell architecture and its components such as DNA and proteins using virtual reality and 3D modelling techniques.



Designing for Transition: Models and Methods for Creative Preservation.
The Case of Bauhaus for Transitions at Mines Paris PSL


Abstract will be added here.

Pascal Le Masson

Pascal Le Masson, Ph.D.

Professor, Mines Paris– PSL Research University, France
Chair of Design Theory SIG at Design Society

Pascal Le Masson is Professor at Mines Paris– PSL Research University, Chair of Bauhaus for Transitions. He is a member of the National Academy of Technology of France. With his colleagues of the Bauhaus for Transitions, a research and education chair supported by more than twenty industrial partners, he works on generative processes, design-oriented management and the design for transitions. He co-chairs (with Eswaran Subrahmanian, Carnegie Mellon Univ.) the “Design Theory” Special Interest group of the Design Society. He has published, with Benoit Weil and Armand Hatchuel, “Strategic Management of Innovation and Design” (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and “design theory” (Springer, 2017) and several papers in international top-level journals. He is area-editor in design theory for Research in Engineering Design and editor of the European Management Review.


Interactive Session:
Diverse Approaches in Creativity Studies

After the showcase, which is a plenary introductory relay talk (about 5 minutes each) on seven different approaches to creativity study, there will be two sets of four parallel round tables (about 40 minutes each). The second keynote's round table will also be included.

Creative Research: Insights from Transformational Bioart


Abstract will be added here.

Melanie Sarantou

Melanie Sarantou, Ph.D.

Arts Based Research

Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Japan

Melanie Sarantou is a Professor of Social Design at the Faculty of Design, Kyushu University. Her creative research draws on social design and arts-based research focusing on marginalised contexts. Her intense involvement in Namibian craft and design development spanned over two decades. Over the past decade, her research has investigated how creativity, arts and narrative practices impact marginalised communities in various global settings, including Namibia, Finland, and Australia. As a European Commission Research Fellow (2020 – 2023), she explored the role of arts in societies on the margins of Europe in the Horizon 2020-funded project titled ‘Action on the Margin: Arts as Social Sculpture’ (AMASS). Her research and art explore concepts of marginality, which in this project is defined by conditions of isolation and migration, emphasised by geographies in the Arctic and far South. Sarantou’s PhD in Visual Arts at the University of South Australia mapped Namibian craft and design worlds through a postcolonial lens.

Sleep and Creativity: Insights from Laboratory Experiments.


Abstract will be added here.

Yuki Motomura

Yuki Motomura, Ph.D.

Neuro Science/Kansei Science

Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Japan

Yuki Motomura is an Assistant Professor at the Kyushu University, Faculty of Design, Department of Human Life Design. His research interests lie in the fields of neuroscience, psychophysiology, physiological anthropology, and Kansei (affective) science, with a focus on exploring the foundations of human cognitive and emotional functions that underpin societal constructs. He works on the relationships between sleep, emotion, empathy, consciousness and creativity. He is a director or council member of academic societies such as the Japanese Society of Physiological Anthropology and the Japanese Society of Sleep Research, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Physiological Anthropology and Scientific Reports.

Tech-Enabled Co-Design for Social Innovation


Abstract will be added here.

Yuki Taoka

Yuki Taoka, Ph.D.

Social Engineering

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

He received a Doctorate in Philosophy from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, in 2019, and he has acted as an Assistant Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, reorganized to Institute of Science Tokyo in 2024, since 2019.
His research interest is to augment design creativity through technology. The current research topics include supporting co-design in social VR with digital twins, developing a real-time monitoring system of team dynamics, and investigating designers’ sensemaking approach, especially when quantitative and qualitative data are integrated for empathic understanding of users. His research methods are both lab-based experiments and research through design approaches. He organizes a Living lab called Future Living Lab to materialize desired futures by increasing a sense of ownership of social problems through back-casting and co-design approaches.

Ideation Workshop Enhancing Acceptance Leading to Team Creativity (TBD)


Abstract will be added here.

Mayu Akaki

Mayu Akaki, Ph.D.


Faculty of Economics and Business Management, Shunan University, Japan

Mayu Akaki received her Ph.D. degree in system design and management from Keio University in 2023. She has been teaching Design Thinking and System Thinking-related classes at Shunan University since 2022. She founded and has been one of the directors of Tsukuru to Ugoku Design Co., Ltd. since 2018 based on more than ten years of experience as a professional in the Human Resource management and development field.
Her research interests are in the behavior of individuals and team contextual factors that lead to team creativity. She especially focuses on feedback, conflict, self-acceptance, and idea acceptance to encourage team creativity. She also implements workshops and development programs in companies, local government, etc. based on her research.

Analysis of Design Reworks and Their Reasons in Creative Robot Design: Protocol Study from Perspective of Design Inference


Abstract will be added here.

Yusuke Tsutsui

Yusuke Tsutsui, Ph.D.

Knowledge Engineering

Faculty of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Okayama Prefectural University, Japan

Yusuke Tsutsui is currently an Assistant Professor of Faculty of Computer Science and Systems Engineering at Okayama Prefectural University. He earned Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree and Doctoral Degree from Tokyo Metropolitan University, receiving his Doctor of Engineering in 2022.
He specialized in design engineering, with a focus on the conceptual design, and he is engaged in the development of computer systems for designing valuable artifacts through reliable design process, and he is motivated to pursue effective approaches to solving problems caused by artifacts. His current interest is role of knowledge and hypothesises in design process and their creation process, working on protocol analysis to capture design reasoning natures and development of a method of design knowledge and hypothesis management.

Creativity that Fosters Creativity: Designing a Facilitative Environment in an Arts Workshop


Abstract will be added here.

Mia Nakamura

Mia Nakamura, Ph.D.

Arts Management/Evaluation

Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Japan

Mia Nakamura, PhD, is a Professor of Cultural Policy and Arts Management in the Faculty of Design at Kyushu University in Japan. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on understanding the processes and mechanisms through which arts and culture impact individuals and societies, as well as developing appropriate methods for evaluating this impact. Her research interests also encompass designing facilitative environments that promote social inclusion. Notably, she led a collaborative research project with the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese Government from 2018 to 2021, resulting in the publication of three handbooks on Social Inclusion through Culture and Arts (The English version is available at: Published articles concerning creativity include: “Reconsideration of Cocreation in Participatory Arts: Exploring the Link between Creativity and Empowerment” (in Japanese), Cocreationology, 2019; “Facilitation-based Distributed Creativity: The Inari Chorus Performance at the Itoshima International Art Festival” (in English), in Creativity in Music Education, Springer, 2018.




Panel Discussion:
Future ISDCs in Each Local Context

From India, South Asia


Shakuntala Acharya, Ph.D.

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), India

A designer at heart and a researcher by spirit, Dr. Shakuntala Acharya is presently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Design at IIT Guwahati. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture (B.Arch) from the RV School of Architecture, Bangalore, followed by a year at the Centre for Environment and Planning (CEPT), Ahmedabad, prior to pursuing PhD from Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing,IISc, Bengaluru. Her research interests lie in the areas of Design for education and pedagogy; Conceptualisation and Design methodology, and Sustainable smart cities; all of which are strongly rooted in exploring and championing varied stakeholder dynamics through co-creation.

From Indonesia, South-East Asia

Deny Willy Junaidy

Deny Willy Junaidy, Ph.D.

Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia

Deny Willy JUNAIDY is an executive secretary for community services at the Institute for Research and Community Services and a seninor lecturer in the Research Group of Human-Interior Space at the Faculty of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). Previously, he worked as a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics at Universiti Malaysia Kelantan. He holds a Ph.D. from the School of Knowledge Science at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST). He also earned an M.Sc. in Architecture and a B.Des. in Interior Design in 2002 and 1999, respectively, from ITB. His research interests focus on the knowledge creation process from the perspective of design cognition. He has provided his professional services as a design R&D adviser for the national furniture and crafts development of both the Indonesian and Malaysian governments.

From Netherland, EU

Milene Guerreiro Goncalves

Milene Guerreiro Goncalves, Ph.D.

Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, Netherland

Dr. Milene Gonçalves is an Associate Professor on Design Creativity, at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, The Netherlands. She holds a MSc degree on Product Design from FAUL (Lisbon, Portugal) and a PhD on Design Creativity from TU Delft, on the inspiration process of designers and its influence on design creativity and innovation. For more than 10 years, Milene has been investigating creativity, creative confidence, design processes, co-creation, visual thinking and other design representations and how they support the development of creative ideas. Milene is the director of the Delft Design Lab Connected Creativity, a platform where research, education and industry come together to explore the transdisciplinary value that creativity can bring to tackle complex issues.

From Japan, East Asia

Zhang Yanfang

Yanfang Zhang, Ph.D.

Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Japan

She has a PhD in Design from Kyushu University, Japan, specializing in universal design and humanized design. She is currently a Associate Professor at the Faculty of Design of Kyushu University, directed the Asia Design Symposium participate by the major design universities of China, Korea, Singapore, etc, to explore new possibilities for design research and education in Asia for the future.
After obtaining the doctorate, she worked in a Japanese design company for 8 years, focusing on universal design. She was involved in designing with universal design as a focus for all the stores in the Bank of Fukuoka, the Hakata Station of the West Japan Railway and its logo, and the space design of the Children's Hospital of Fukuoka, Japan. Her design works have been awarded both at home and abroad. She is also a member of International Association of Universal Design, NPO Fukuoka Design League, Design Research Association, Japan Sign Design Association, Society for Cocreationology. She wants to look into combining the practice and education of universal design and humanized design with research to contribute to society more deeply.



Akane Matsumae, Ph.D.

Social Creativity, Social Innovation Design

Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Japan
Chair, Design Creativity SIG at Design Society

Akane MATSUMAE is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design at Kyushu University and an invited Professor at Bandung Institute of Technology. She contributes as a chair of Design Creativity SIG at the Design Society. Her current research interest focuses on social creativity from the perspective of social innovation design, elucidating the dynamic mechanisms of social relationships that structure a society, focusing on human cognition, behaviour with her practical background.
She received an M.E. from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Juris Doctor from Kyushu University, and Ph.D. in Knowledge Science from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.


Closing Remark

Yukari Nagai, Ph.D.

Professor/Vice President, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan
Founder/Former Chair, Design Creativity SIG at Design Society



This is a social event that will take place in the cafeteria on the ground floor of the venue, immediately after the closing remarks of the symposium and before everyone goes out for dinner or an evening stroll around our campus and/or downtown Tenjin/Nakasu/Hakata etc.

If you wish to join konshin-kai, please tick the option in the registration form to prepare drinks and light meals for you and pay at the reception (¥3,000/person).

Saturday, November 9, 2024

8:30 - 14:00

Excursion in Collaboration with Japan Creativity Society

The annual conference of the Japan Creativity Society (JCS) will be held in Kurume, an hour away from the symposium venue, from the afternoon of 9 November. Prior to the official JCS conference programme, a visit to a nationally famous Kurume-kasuri workshop will be held in collaboration with JCS.

The schedule above includes that we will meet at Ohashi Campus, our ISDC venue, take an arranged bus to Kurume, visit the Kurume-kasuri workshop, and return to Ohashi Campus by an arranged bus (free of charge). If you can arrange your own return trip (public transportation to Tenjin/Fukuoka Airport is straightforward), you can stay in Kurume and enjoy the city by yourself or explore it deeper by participating in JCS's conference fieldwork (charged by JCS on site).

If you wish to join an excursion, please tick the option in the registration form to arrange a bus.

International Symposium of Design Creativity (ISDC)

8th to 9th November, 2024
Ohashi Campus, Kyushu University, Japan

Registration for Free


The venue, the 2nd floor at Design Common, is located immediately to the left of the main entrance of the Ohashi Campus.

There are no university guesthouses suitable for short-term stays. But don't worry! There are many excellent accommodation options around Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station (Tenjin) and Hakata Station, which are convenient for access to our campus. If you need any advice, please contact our coordinator.
Design Common
General Chair:
Akane Matsumae, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Japan
Vice Chair:
Melanie Sarantou, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Japan
Shakuntala Acharya, Department of Design,Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), india
Deny Willy Junaidy, Faculty of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia
Milene Guerreiro Goncalves, Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, Netherland
Organizing Committee:
Yusuke Tsutsui, Faculty of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Okayama Prefectural University, Japan
Yuki Taoka, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Mayu Akaki, Faculty of Economics and Business Management, Shunan University, Japan
Yanfang Zhang, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Japan
Yasuyuki Hayama, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Japan
Quentin Ehkirch, Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University, Japan
Address: Ohashi Campus, Kyushu University
4-9-1, Shiobaru, Minami, Fukuoka-City, Fukuoka, Japan, 815-8540
Email: info(at) (Coordinator: Ms. Akiko FISH)