Engineering System Design Laboratory


Welcome to the Engineering System Design Lab at the Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, directed by Professor James Allison. Our mission is to play a leading role in the transformation of engineering system design. 

The complexity of engineered systems has risen dramatically in last decades, but conventional system design methods have failed to keep pace, resulting in regular cost and time overruns. Interactions between system components contribute to complexity, and at the ESDL we study advanced design methods that can fully account for system interactions and capitalize on synergistic relationships to improve system performance and reduce complexity of the design process. We are particularly interested in developing new ways for better system designs that can have positive impact on humanity in terms of efficient and sustainable systems.

Please visit our research and publications pages to learn more about our work. You may also be interested in visiting Professor Allison’s YouTube Channel and MATLAB Central Profile for videos and MATLAB code associated with teaching and research relevant to the ESDL. If you have more questions, are interested in joining the ESDL, or are considering collaboration or sponsoring our research, please contact Professor Allison

 Click here for more information regarding research opportunities within the ESDL