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Overview

As a central activity in engineering, design is both a creative process not easily defined and a thought process that can, with increasing success, be externalized, articulated, and modeled. This study aims to provide an operational definition as well as an explication of design as a discipline.
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"Clive Dym combines ideas and methods from engineering design and artificial intelligence to demonstrate persuasively that design in its full creative sense can be approached computationally with important practical consequence. This places engineering design in a research context that has long been lacking. Many prospects for a useful, formal understanding of design and the design process follow where few were available before. Dym not only provides basic insights about design, but also points the way to future work that will surely impact the design process." George Stiny, UCLA

"[Dym] has done an excellent job of describing the design process, both the psychological processes of the designer and the interaction between the human designer and the design tools that are now available and becoming available to assist (or collaborate) in the task. The book is a valuable contribution to the design literature and should be of great use as a solid introduction to the field." - Herbert A. Simon, Nobel Laureate, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

"A very scholarly work, and primarily of value to those interested in the philosophy of the study of design." Choice

"Surprisingly for a work in engineering which is typically male-oriented, Dym uses a gender-neutral writing style—a feature especially appreciated by this reviewer. Also appreciated was the helpful index of topics, names, and people mentioned in the book." Maxine S. Cohen, IEEE Spectrum

"The book does a great job in explaining how AI holds the key to representing design. Overall, the book is highly recommended for anyone who is interested in attaining a complete picture of the field." Ankur Mehta, Yale Scientific

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521477604
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Framing the Issues 1
2 Engineering Design 13
3 Characterizing the Design Process 22
4 Taxonomies of Engineering Design 41
5 Representing Designed Artifacts 77
6 Representing Design Processes 128
7 Where Do We Go from Here? 172
References 191
Index 203
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