Engineering System Design Laboratory

Welcome to the Engineering System Design Laboratory at the University 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 recent 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 the complexity of the design process. We are particularly interested in ways better system design can have a positive impact on humanity, such as improving energy efficiency and energy sustainability.

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.