A computational study of the effect of experience on problem/solution space exploration in teams

DS 94: Proceedings of the Design Society: 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)

Year: 2019
Editor: Wartzack, Sandro; Schleich, Benjamin; Gon
Author: Perisic, Marija Majda (1); Martinec, Tomislav (1); Storga, Mario (1,2); Gero, John S (3,4)
Series: ICED
Institution: University of Zagreb, FSB
Section: Collaborative Design
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/dsi.2019.4
ISSN: 2220-4342


This paper presents the results of computational experiments aimed at studying the effect of experience on design teams? exploration of problem-solution space. An agent-based model of a design team was developed and its capability to match theoretically-based predictions is tested. Hypotheses that (1) experienced teams need less time to find a solution and that (2) in comparison to the inexperienced teams, experienced teams spend more time exploring the solution-space than the problem-space, were tested. The results provided support for both of the hypotheses, demonstrating the impact of learning and experience on the exploration patterns in problem and solution space, and verifying the system's capability to produce the reliable results.

Keywords: Teamwork, Simulation, Human behaviour in design, Agent-based modelling, Coevolution


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