Design context knowledge based proactive support for component design

Xiu Tian Yan, Fayyaz Rehman, Jonathan C. Borg

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The research work described here establishes a new design support approach to product life-oriented design. The approach defines a broad concept of design context information. Having completed the function design, the approach supports the product design through background reasoning using the design context information. This reasoning mechanism can facilitate a designer to explore rapidly different design alternatives generated through function to its realisation (means) mapping. "Unfit" means can be identified using the design context information. The approach provides further support in making suggestions by relaxation as to how to avoid a solution candidate being identified as an "unfit" life-oriented design solution. The architecture and its implementation of a prototype KICAD system entitled FORESEE II is detailed in the paper. The concept of the approach and an illustrative use of the FORESEE II system through a case study are also described.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge Intensive Design Technology - IFlP TC5 / WG5.2 5th Workshop on Knowledge Intensive CAD, KIC 2002
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781475756388
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
Event5th IFIP TC5/WG 5.2 Workshop on Knowledge Intensive Computer Aided Design, KIC 2002 - St. Julians, Malta
Duration: 23 Jul 200225 Jul 2002

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


Conference5th IFIP TC5/WG 5.2 Workshop on Knowledge Intensive Computer Aided Design, KIC 2002
CitySt. Julians


  • design reuse
  • design context knowledge
  • knowledge intensive engineering
  • proactive life-cycle design

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