Design for ICS Materials: A Tentative Methodology for Interactive, Connected, and Smart Materials Applied to Yacht Design

  • Stefano Parisi
  • Arianna Bionda
  • Andrea Ratti
  • Valentina Rognoli
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 903)


The domain of materials for design is changing under the influence of an increasingly technological advancement, which brings miniaturization of technology and material augmentation with the use of sensors, actuators, and microprocessors. Examples of new hybrid material systems with dynamic and computational qualities are increasingly emerging. These are called ICS Materials, an acronym that stands for Interactive, Connected, and Smart. While laboratories and designers around the world are experimenting with these new advanced materials, there is the need to forecast their potentials in the design space and to reflect on their future application critically. This paper drafts the main theoretical foundations and depicts the workshop ‘NautICS Materials’ – ICS Materials for the Nautical sector – by its objectives, structure, methodology, tools, and results, in order to present a model to transfer to other sectors or to scale up in larger experimental and applied actions for the integration of smart materials in the design space.


ICS Materials Materials experience Yacht design Design tools 



This work is part of ‘ICS_Materials’, a basic research project carried out at Design Department of Politecnico di Milano and funded by the University Basic Research Funding FARB 2015. We thank the colleagues taking part to the research: Camilo Ayala Garcia, Venanzio Arquilla, Mauro Attilio Cecconello, Marinella Ferrara, Venere Ferraro, and Davide Spallazzo. The workshop was organised at MYD, Master in Yacht Design of Politecnico di Milano. The research is partially funded by Fondazione F.lli Confalonieri (Ph.D. student grant).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Parisi
    • 1
  • Arianna Bionda
    • 1
  • Andrea Ratti
    • 1
  • Valentina Rognoli
    • 1
  1. 1.Design DepartmentPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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