DESIGN LAB

Team Members
Director
Dr. Yong Zeng
Professor/Associate Director and Co-Op Director, Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering
Member of the Board of Directors, Society for Design and Process Science
Biography

Ph.D. (2001) Design Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada
Ph.D. (1992) Computational Mechanics, Dalian University of Technology, China

Research Interests

Creativity: mechanism, behavior, habits, AI tools

Editorial position

Honorary Editor, Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science, IOS press
Associate Editor, Journal of Engineering Design, Taylor & Francis
Associate Editor, AI EDAM, Cambridge University
Editorial Board Member, Computers in Industry, Elsevier
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Computational Design and Engineering, Oxford University Press
Review board member, Creativity Research Journal, Taylor & Francis

Dr. Yong Zeng is a Professor in the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering at Concordia University. He was the President (2019 – 2023) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Design and Process Science. He was an NSERC Chair in Aerospace Design Engineering program (2015 – 2019). He was the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in design science (2004 – 2014).

Zeng’s research aims to understand and enable creative behaviors and habits. He has proposed a new design theory called Environment-Based Design (EBD). Specific topics of his research include the science of design, methodology for creative design, neurocognitive model of design creativity, behavior design, and creative machines. He has been developing computational, mathematical, behavioral, neuroscience, and design science approaches to human activities and human decision making. His research has been applied to aerospace, health, construction, education, management and governances.

Research Associate and Postdocs
Dr. Mengting Zhao
Postdoctoral Fellow
Biography

Ph.D. (2022) Information Systems Engineering, Concordia University, Canada

M.Sc. (2017) Electrical Engineering, Paris-Saclay University, France

B.Sc. (2014) Information Engineering, Xidian University, China

Research Interests

cognitive science, neuroscience, data analysis, learning behaviors

Awards

Concordia International Tuition Award of Excellence

As a postdoctoral fellow in DesignLab, Mengting Zhao has been working in DesignLab for more than five years where she published several papers and contributed to projects in collaboration with the industry and other research teams. Her current research focuses on the EEG-based quantification of cognitive states and the recognition of different behavioural patterns when people are performing complex cognitive activities. She proposed a task-related framework (denoted as “tEEG framework”) for identifying designers’ cognitive and affective states from EEG signals, which was built upon her pilot studies and previous research from DesignLab. This framework has been successfully applied within and beyond the context of design to identify human participants’ cognitive control and workload variations from their EEG data. Those applications indicated that the loosely controlled experiments proposed in the framework could be well supported by EEG microstate analysis, which appears to be an effective approach to facilitating ecologically valid neurocognitive studies.

Ph.D. Students
Chen, Shuen Yuan Amy
Information and Systems Engineering
Research Interests

Mesh generation testbed

Awards

Golden Key International Society, CU Fellowship (CGS)

Jafarpour, Hamed
Information and Systems Engineering
Research Interests

Natural Language Processing, BioNLP, Data Science, Machine Learning

Kaur, Rupinder
Information and Systems Engineering
Research Interests

Online Team Collaboration, Graph Theoretic Approaches

Awards

Concordia University Graduate Doctoral Fellowship Award

Kirgil, Rukiye
Information and Systems Engineering
Research Interests

Adaptive Workload Allocation in Human-Robot Collaboration, Human-Machine Interaction, Artificial Intelligence System Design

Mohammadi, Ali
Information and Systems Engineering
Research Interests

Generative AI, LLMs, Design Methodologies

Awards
Concordia International Tuition Award of Excellence, Scholarship

Member of Golden Key International Honor Society

Qiao, Mohan
Information and Systems Engineering
Research Interests

Non-Parametric Clustering Algorithms

Shirazi, Hamed
Information and System Engineering
Research Interests

Human-Centered Design, Design Methodology, Human Behavior, Sustainability

Zangeneh Soroush, Morteza
Information and Systems Engineering
Research Interests

Neuroscience, Creativity, Machine Learning

Awards

Merit Scholarship Program for Foreign Students (PBEEE Quebec Scholarship)

Sourav, Md Sakib Ullah
Information and Systems Engineering
Research Interests

Design Creativity, Computational Intelligence, Engineering Education

Awards

Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science

Su, Chang
Information and Systems Engineering
Research Interests

Cognitive Science, neuroscience, data analysis, mental stress, design creativity

Tozlu, Basak
Industrial Engineering
Research Interests

Two-sided matching, engineer team design, job market design, unbiased criteria identification, perishable capacity management

Awards

Concordia International Tuition Award of Excellence, 2019
Concordia Conference and Exposition Allowance, 2021
Concordia Conference and Exposition Allowance, 2023

Yang, Jiami
Information and Systems Engineering
Research Interests

TASKS framwork, Persona, Human behavior, Barriers, Mental Stress

Awards

Concordia Merit Scholarship

Yao, Jinli
Information and Systems Engineering
Research Interests

Clustering algorithm design, Visual perception

Awards

2019 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Graduate Student Research Grant and the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Scholarship

Master Students
Hosseinmardi, Arman
Quality Systems Engineering
Research Interests

Natural Language Processing, Large Language Models, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence

Neves, Christopher
Computer Science
Research Interests

Deep Learning, Neuroscience, Graph Neural Networks, EEG, Biologically Inspired AI

Ning, Tianhao
Quality Systems Engineering
Research Interests

Data Science, Python NLP, EEG Software Development

Torkamanrahmani, Nakisa
Computer Engineering
Research Interests

Object-Oriented Programming, Neuroscience, EEG Software Development

Xu, Tianyi
Individualized Program
Research Interests

Procrastination Mechanism, Interface Design

Alumni
PDF

Jie Pan
Jaemun Sim
Wei Wan
Xiaoguang Deng

Ph.D. students

Cheligeer
Hongyi Cao
Jie Pan
Wenjun Jia
Ronaldo Gutierrez
Suo Tan
Thanh An Nguyen
Philon Nguyen
Du Chen (Visiting Ph.D.)
Fuqiong Zhao 
Baiquan Yan 
Ming Wang
Wei Liu (Visiting Ph.D.)
Shengji Yao (Ph.D., PDF)

Master students

Yanxin Yao
Alexandra Miklin
Jamil Reza Chowdhury
Yuyang Shi
Chang Su
Mojtaba Niazalizadeh
Seyed Reza Razavi
Shixuan Hou
Amir-Aly Ommi
Shahryar Taher
Dalvir Singh
Mengli Shu
Yi Dou
Maomao Pan
Yijing Zeng
Xu Xu
Xinkai Xu
Nafisa Khundker
Mingbin Chen
Zhenyu Chen
Lan Kong
Bo Chen
Shuren Li

Master students

Min Wang
Shan Zhu
Jinxing Xiao
Guangqing He
Tiean Sun
Jie Jin
Lei Chen
Yubing Hu
Alex Gonzalez
Thanh An Nguyen
Yao Tang
Shivangi Dande
Dayong Zhang
Di Feng
Shize Jin
Alecandr Moroz
Jialing Cheng
Rodica Pop
Xuan Sun
Jun Zhang
Harshad Petkar
Hamzeh K. Bani Milhim
Meina Ke