This paper describes the development and evolution of re-search themes in the Design Theory and Methodology (DTM) conference. Essays containing reflections on the history of DTM, ∗ Address all correspondence to this author. 1 Copyright c ○ 2013 by ASMEsupported by an analysis of session titles and papers winning the “best paper award”, describe the development of the research themes. A second set of essays describes the evolution of several key research themes. Two broad trends in research themes are evident, with a third one emerging. The topics of the papers in the first decade or so reflect an underlying aim to apply artificial intelligence toward developing systems that could ‘design’. To do so required understanding how human designers behave, formalizing design processes so that they could be computed, and formalizing representations of design knowledge. The theme
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