The 22nd International DSM Conference Hosted by MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October, 13-15, 2020

22nd International DSM Conference

Status info regarding COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 issue the DSM 2020 will be held as an online only conference, hosted by MIT. Due to this decision, the DSM2020 Organizing Team (DOT) have made significant changes to this year’s conference.


1. On-line conference

– Hosted by MIT using Zoom ressources
– 3-days (October 13-15), averaging 4.5 hours per day

2. Agenda

– Daily start at 10:00am Eastern Standard Time (EST)
– Daily ends at 2:30pm (EST)

3. Attendee Fees

Regular150$ (US)
Design Society130$ (US)
Student100$ (US)

Due to the typical restrictions of virtual conferences, the DOT has selected the 4.5 hour/day design, while keeping the typical 15 min per presentation goal. This reduces the total quantity of presentations, and allows for a more organized Q&A in parallel virtual sessions.

Dependency and Structure Modelling (DSM, also known as Design Structure Matrix) techniques support the management of complexity by focusing attention on the elements of a complex system and how they relate to each other. DSM‐based techniques have proven to be very valuable in understanding, designing, and optimizing complex system architectures such as those of products, organizations, and processes.

The International DSM Conference provides a platform for researchers, practitioners, and developers of DSM‐related tools to exchange experiences, discuss trends, and showcase results and tools. It also acts as a forum for developing new ideas regarding complexity management in all kinds of industries and from many different perspectives. The conference mission is to enhance understanding and managing complex interdenpent relationships within and across  product/process/people architectures.

The conference objectives of DSM 2020 are:

  • Leverage 22 years DSM body of knowledge with more active industry/academia/government institutions
  • Show visible collaboration with other international technical/business
    professional societies (i.e. INCOSE, IEEE, PMI, ASME, etc.)
  • Require onsite participation of recent regional industry case studies
  • Require onsite participation of at least 3 of the 10 DSM Symbiotic
    Technology (DST) providers
  • Continue evolution and improvements to Industry Sprint Workshops (ISW)