Matthew Campbell

Short CV

Matthew Campbell received his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1995 and 1997 from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. In 2000 he was awarded his Ph.D. degree also at Carnegie Mellon University (dissertation: The A-Design Invention Machine: A Means of Automating and Investigating Conceptual Design. Thesis Advisors: Prof. Jonathan Cagan, Prof. Kenneth Kotovsky). Campbell joined the Manufacturing and Design program of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Texas at Austin as Assistant Professor in that same year and founded the Automated Design Lab. From 2006-2013 he worked as an Associate Professor and William J. Murray Jr. Fellow at the Mechanical Engineering Department. In August 2013, Matthew Campbell has taken up the position of a Professor at the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering of Oregon State University.

Selected Awards

  • 2005, National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2004, The Innovative Use of Instructional Technology Awards, Silver Award for Resource Development
  • 2003, Best Paper Award, International Conference on Engineering Design, The Design Society
  • 2003, Best Paper Award, Fourteenth Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium
  • 2002, Best Paper Award in Mechanical Engineering, American Society of Engineering Education
  • 1998, Xerox Best Paper Award, ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers in Engineering Conference

Research Interests

Campbell’s research seeks to establish new computer-based methods and design tools to further increase the efficiency and quality of engineering design. By combining engineering innovations with methods from computer science and cognitive psychology, he is able to develop automated tools capable of solving design problems independent of a user, as well as interactive tools that bring the user and the computer together as a symbiotic design team.

Selected Publications

  • Kurtoglu, Tolga; Campbell, Matthew I.; Linsey, Julie S.: An experimental study on the effects of a computational design tool on concept generation. Design Studies 30 (6), 2009, 676-703.
  • Kurtoglu, Tolga; Campbell, Matthew I.: An evaluation scheme for assessing the worth of automatically generated design alternatives. Res Eng Design 20 (1), 2009, 59-76.
  • Campbell, M.I.; Nakhjavani, O.B.: A Deterministic Global Optimization Method for Multimodal Spaces. Journal of Global Optimization, 2009.
  • Rai, Rahul; Campbell, Matthew: Q2S2: A New Methodology for Merging Quantitative and Qualitative Information in Experimental Design. Journal of Mechanical Design 130 (3), 2008, 031103.
  • Sridharan, P.; Campbell, M.I.: A study on the grammatical construction of function structures. AI EDAM 19 (03), 2005.
  • King, C.W.; Campbell, M.I.; Beaman, J.J.; Sreenivasan, S.V.: Synthesis of multistable equilibrium linkage systems using an optimization approach. Struct Multidisc Optim 29 (6), 2005, 477-487.
  • Cagan, Jonathan; Campbell, Matthew I.; Finger, Susan; Tomiyama, Tetsuo: A Framework for Computational Design Synthesis: Model and Applications. Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering 5 (3), 2005, 171.
  • WEAS, ABRAM; CAMPBELL, MATTHEW: Rediscovering the analysis of interconnected decision areas. AI EDAM 18 (03), 2004.
  • Campbell, M.; Cagan, J.; Kotovsky, K.: The A-Design approach to managing automated design synthesis. Research in Engineering Design 14, 2003, 12-24.

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • A. Hooshmand, M. Schlaich, L. Belaus, and M. I. Campbell: CDS platform - a platform for multi-physics computational design synthesis. Proc. of the 19th Int. Conf. on Engineering Design, 2013, 99-108 more… BibTeX
  • Hooshmand, A.; Campbell, M.I.: Topology optimization of fluid channels using grammars. 39th Design Automation Conference (ASME2013), 2013 more… BibTeX
  • Hooshmand, A.; Schlaich, M.; Belaus, L.; Campbell, M.I.: CDS platform - a platform for multi-physics computational design synthesis. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design, (ICED13), 2013 more… BibTeX
  • Hooshmand, Amir; Campbell, Matthew I.: Topology Optimization of Fluid Channels Using Generative Graph Grammars. Volume 3A: 39th Design Automation Conference, ASME, 2013 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


  • Patel, Jay; Campbell, Matthew I.: An Approach to Automate and Optimize Concept Generation of Sheet Metal Parts by Topological and Parametric Decoupling. Journal of Mechanical Design 132 (5), 2010, 051001 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )