Most engineering designs involve multiple disciplines. Interaction between different disciplines often result in optimum system designs considerably different from optimum designs obtained using individual discipline analysis and optimization. Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) builds on Multidisciplinary Design Analysis (MDA) along with optimization and other numerical / analytical techniques to enable efficient, accurate, reliable and robust system design optimization.

NCMDAO-2020, the 3rd edition of the National Conference on Multidisciplinary Design, Analysis and Optimization (NCMDAO), was planned to take place at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram from 19th -21st March 2020. It is now planned to be conducted online in the month of October 2020. The conference is jointly organized by VSSC, Thiruvananthapuram chapters of System Society of India (SSI) & Indian Society of Systems for Science and Engineering (ISSE), Design Division, Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB). It aims to foster communication among academicians, researchers and industry professionals working in the areas of multidisciplinary design, analysis, and optimization through contributed paper presentations, interactive poster sessions, keynote and invited talks, panel discussions and a master class on contemporary topics.

Inauguration by

Dr. K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO/Secretary, DOS


Date: Wednesday, 21st October 2020

Time: 1900 hrs IST (GMT+0530)

Inaugural Function   

Plenary Speaker, Topic and Schedule

Shri. S Somanath, Director, VSSC

Plenary Talk on: MDO Applications in Space System Design

Date: Wednesday, 21st October 2020

Time: 2030 hrs (IST)

Keynote Speakers, Topics and Schedule

Prof. Joaquim R.R.A. Martins, University of Michigan

Topic: Enabling large-scale multidisciplinary design optimization through the coupled-adjoint method

Date: Thursday, 22nd October 2020

Time: 1805 hrs (IST)

Prof. KP Sudheer, Principal Secretary, Science and Technology Department, Govt. of Kerala and Prof. IITM

Topic: Flood assessment and reconstruction using simulation models: a case study of Kerala Flood 2018

Date: Friday, 23rd October 2020

Time: 1805 hrs (IST)

Dr Ripi Singh, Founder, Inspiring Next

Topic: Purposeful Optimization

Date: Saturday, 24th October 2020

Time: 1705 hrs (IST)

Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb, University of Michigan

Topic: A taxonomy of Surrogate-Assisted Multi-objective Optimization

Date: Sunday, 25th October 2020

Time: 1835 hrs (IST)

Impact Presentation Speakers, Topic and Schedule

Shri. Sonam Wangchuk, Founding Director, SECMOL

Topic: Innovation Amidst Adversities

Date: Sunday, 25th October 2020

Time: 1905 hrs (IST)

Shri. Tito Kishan Vemuri, Founder & CEO, Proinn Consultancy

Topic: From multidisciplinary optimization to technical innovation

Date: Sunday, 25th October 2020

Time: 1930 hrs (IST)

Shri. Nitin Gupta, Founder Sickle Innovations

Topic: Invention to innovations

Date: Sunday, 25th October 2020

Time: 1955 hrs (IST)

Masterclass Speakers, Topics & Schedule

Prof. Joaquim R.R.A. Martins, University of Michigan

Topic: Overview of MDO theory, tools, and applications

Date: Friday, 2nd October 2020

Time: 1800-2100 hrs (IST)


Prof. Kurien Issac, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology

Topic: A Primer on Classical Optimization

Date: Saturday, 3rd October 2020

Time: 1800 - 1900 hrs


Dr Pankaj Priyadarshi, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO

Topic: MDO - Need, Multi-Objective Optimization and Parameterization

Date: Saturday, 3rd October 2020

Time: 1900 - 2100 hrs


Prof. Asim Tewari, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Topic: Statistical Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

Date: Sunday, 4th October 2020

Time: 1800 - 2100 hrs


Dr Johannes Will, Ansys Dynardo

Topic: Role of sensitivity analysis in Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Date: Monday, 5th October 2020

Time: 1830 - 2100 hrs


Instructions for Final Paper Submission / Update

Springer Nature has offered to publish the NCMDAO-2020 conference proceedings. NCMDAO-2019 conference proceedings were also published by Springer:

Authors of accepted papers are encouraged to update/submit full-length papers as per the format given below before 15th October 2020 in

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Guidelines for Preparation of Online Presentation

The guidelines for presentation have been sent to individuals authors. In case any clarification is required, please mail the Technical Committee (

Extended Abstract (Submission Closed)

Call-for-Papers Brochure

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit original work in the form of extended abstracts discussing application of established and emerging techniques to optimization-based design and model-based systems. The submissions can be in various fields including aerospace, automotive, biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical and manufacturing engineering. Industrial applications are highly encouraged. Extended abstracts may be submitted in pdf format conforming to the sample format given below. It should not exceed 2 single sided A4 size pages.

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Topics include:

  • Size, shape and topology optimization
  • Meta-modeling or surrogate modeling
  • Systems design and optimization
  • Model-based systems design and optimization
  • Machine learning in optimization
  • Inverse problems
  • Parameter estimation
  • Uncertainty quantification, reliability and robustness in design
  • Evolutionary and heuristic methods and algorithms
  • Sensitivity analysis methods and applications
  • Operations management
  • Multiscale and multiphysics problems
  • Smart Structures and Materials
  • Optimal design for manufacturing and maintenance
  • Design and optimization in additive manufacturing
  • Case studies in Multidisciplinary Design Optimization