Cognitive Approaches to Automated Engineering Design
Final rept. 1 Apr 2004-31 Mar 2007
CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
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This project set out to explore fundamental cognitive-based mechanisms in design innovation. Its emphasis focused on the organizational basis to support innovation. Our approach combined cognitive studies, agent-based computational simulations, and modeling of the design process. Fundamentally our work provides the basis to better understand the innovation process and to development methods to improve that process. The original goal of the project was to explore both fundamental cognitive mechanisms for creative design and computational tools that would enable engineers to improve their design process through intelligent agent-based strategies using some findings from the cognitive work. Due to a reduced budget and new emphasis for the AFOSR program, the cognitive work was de-emphasized while the agent-based work was pursued. An organizations design- the structuring of its resources and flows of knowledge- is an important element determining its effectiveness.
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