DS 48: Proceedings DESIGN 2008, the 10th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Year: 2008
Editor: Marjanovic D., Storga M., Pavkovic N., Bojcetic N.
Author: Schotborgh, W. O.; Kokkeler, F. G. M.; Tragter, H.; Röring, M. H. L.; van Houten, F. J. A. M.
Section: Advanced design methods
Page(s): 665 - 672


A computational synthesis system (CSS) automates the generation phase of a design process. Development of a CSS for a new design case has not received much attention in the literature, since most computational synthesis methods are developed to solve a particular design problem [Cagan 2005]. This paper outlines a CSS development process that can be used for the class of quantitative routine design. The central notion is a definition of generative knowledge for use in knowledge acquisition, representation and automation. It unites existing concepts and techniques from cognitive design research, knowledge-based engineering and computational synthesis. Three design cases are used to demonstrate its validity.

Keywords: computational synthesis, knowledge, engineering


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