Proceedings of the International CDIO Conference

Proceedings of the International CDIO Conference

CDIO proceedings – Aims and scope


The Proceedings of the International CDIO Conference (”CDIO Proceedings”) is an archive for high-quality papers on the theory and practice of engineering education, mainly based on the CDIO (Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate) approach. It is based on selected papers from the International CDIO Conference, and published annually, in electronic format only.

The CDIO Proceedings is the official proceeding of the CDIO Initiative. The CDIO Initiative is a non-governmental organization whose aims are;

•    to sustain an active global community, which develops, shares and implements best practice in engineering education;

•    to advance a coherent and common framework for engineering education which emphasizes a deep understanding of the engineering sciences applied in the context of conceiving, designing, implementing and operating real-world products, processes and systems; and

•    to promote engineering education in national and international communities.

The ultimate aim of the CDIO Proceedings is to contribute to the development and improvement of engineering education, with global application in mind. The CDIO Proceedings analyzes the design and effectiveness of novel curricular and pedagogical approaches, applied to engineering education, as well as strategies and processes for securing and enhancing educational quality. It aims to identify and formulate the knowledge, skills and attributes expected from current and future engineering graduates. It further explores the global trends that influence engineering practice and its consequences for engineering education, including sustainable development, digitalization, innovation, entrepreneurship and accreditation.


The CDIO proceedings welcomes research papers that advance the state of the art in CDIO‐based education as well as case study papers that describe and critically evaluate particular implementations of CDIO principles in practical settings.

All published papers in the CDIO proceedings have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing by independent expert referees.

The criteria used in the reviewing process are:

•    Relevance of the paper and the ideas developed in relation to CDIO

•    Originality and innovative potential

•    Practical value of the results for engineering education

•    Quality of the research approach, scientific evidence and presentation

The possible topics include (but are not limited to):

•    Knowledge, skills and attributes of engineering graduates

•    Curriculum Design

•    Introduction to Engineering Courses

•    Design-based and Project-based learning

•    Innovation Competencies and Innovation Pedagogy

•    Integrating professional engineering skills

•    Engineering Leadership and Entrepreneurship

•    Internationalization and Globalization

•    Innovations in Teaching and Learning

•    Active, Integrated and Evidence-based Teaching and Learning

•    Learning Assessment

•    Learning environments for engineering education

•    Digital resources for engineering education

•    Faculty Development

•    CDIO Implementation Cases

•    Implementing change

•    Program Evaluation and Accreditation

•    Quality assurance and development

•    Educational leadership

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Authors: The contributions (full papers) should be original work and meet the expectations for original scholarly publication, including adequate review of relevant literature, a hypothesis or research questions, results of simulations, measurements, observations or surveys, analysis, and conclusions, and a full list of references. They may address any area of CDIO, including scholarly examinations of CDIO implementation. All authors shall contribute significantly to the research presented in the paper. Financial support and acknowledgements are to be stated in the paper. The final submission must follow the formatting requirements detailed in the template on the conference website and must include a Creative Commons License to allow it to be included in the proceedings and/or archived on the CDIO website.

Editors: The editors ensure that each manuscript submitted for potential publication is reviewed for its intellectual content, without regard to gender, race, religion, etc. of the authors. The editors ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential. The editors will act if any research misconduct is suspected, such as plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification or fabrication, and to ensure the integrity of the academic record. The editors must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the consent of the author. The editors take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a published paper.

Reviewers: For each International CDIO Conference, a review committee is appointed. The reviewers are experts in the field and are responsible for guiding the editors’ decisions of which of the contributions should be accepted due to the criteria rules above. The reviewers must also provide advice to the authors of the submitted manuscripts and ensure that relevant published work has been cited. The reviewing process is single-blind peer-reviewed (reviewers are aware of the identity of the authors, but authors are unaware of the identity of reviewers. There are at least three reviewers for each paper. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and all contributions must be treated as confidential documents. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review and knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers. The reviewers must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the consent of the author.

Citation Rules

When citing a reference in the text, use Author/Date in parentheses (van Wezel et al., 2001) or directly refer to Angell & Straub (1999) in text for each reference.

Angell, I. O., & Straub, B. (1999). Rain-dancing with pseudo-science. Cognition, Technology & Work, 1(3), 179-196.

Crisfield, M. A. (1991-1997). Non-linear finite element analysis of solids and structures. Chichester ; New York: Wiley.

Eppinger S. D., & Salminen V. K. (2001). Patterns of product development interactions. Proceedings of ICED ’01, Glasgow, 283-290.

van Wezel, W., & Jorna, R. J. (2001). Paradoxes in planning. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 14(3), 269-286.

Electronic ISSN number: 2002-1593


Corrections and retractions

The authors are required to provide appropriate documentation calling for retraction or correction of mistakes. The editors are responsible for publicly announcing notifications of all retractions and corrections. Corrections are introduced in the papers published in the Knowledge Library as well as in the conference proceedings.

Publication fee

The publication fee of the paper is incorporated in the conference fee for the international CDIO conference.

Access and archiving

The Proceedings are open access. Chalmers University of Technology is responsible for the archiving repository.

Editorial board

Johan Malmqvist, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, editor-in-chief

Jens Bennedsen, Aarhus University, Denmark

Kristina Edström, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Lamjed Bettaieb, ESPRIT, Tunisia

Mark Nivan Singh, Singapore Polytechnic, Sinagpore

Nabil El Kadhi

Nadia AjailiaESPRIT, Tunisia

Nicoleta Maynard, Monash University, Australia

Reidar LyngNTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway


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