Formal Engineering Design Synthesis

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In the early 1960s systematic techniques were introduced to guide engineers in producing high-quality designs. By the mid-1980s, these methods evolved from their informal guideline-like origins to more formal computable methods. Recently, highly automated design synthesis techniques have emerged. This timely work reviews the state of the art in formal design synthesis methods. It also provides an in-depth exploration of several representative projects in formal design synthesis and examines future directions in computational design synthesis research. The chapters are written by internationally renowned experts in engineering and architectural design.
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'Formal Engineering Design Synthesis celebrates the sheer intellectual pleasure of design. Through rigour in theory and daring in application the articles in this book present an inspiring guide to state-of-the-art research.' Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design
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Thirteen contributions from Antonsson (mechanical engineering, California Institute of Technology), Cagan (mechanical engineering, Carnegie Mellon U.), and other academics and practitioners in engineering and architectural design discuss methods for formal automated engineering design synthesis. Topics include, for example, shape grammars, stochastic optimization, kinematic synthesis, mechanical design compilers, MEMS design, and the synthesis of analog and mixed-signal integrated electronic circuits. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521792479
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Lionel March; Preface; Introduction; 1. Vitruvius redux William J. Mitchell; 2. How to calculate with shapes George Stiny; 3. Engineering shape grammars Jonathan Cagan; 4. Creating structural configurations Panos Y. Papalambros and Kristina Shea; 5. Microsystem design synthesis Erik K. Antonsson; 6. Function-based synthesis methods in engineering design Kristin L. Wood and James L. Greer; 7. Artificial intelligence for design Thomas F. Stahovich; 8. Evolutionary and adaptive synthesis methods Cin-Young Lee, Lin Ma and Erik K. Antonsson; 9. Kinematic synthesis J. Michael McCarthy and Leo Joskowicz; 10. Systematic chemical process synthesis Scott D. Barnicki and Jeffrey J. Siirola; 11. Synthesis of analog and mixed-signal integrated electronic circuits Georges G. E. Gierlen and Rob A. Rutenbar; 12. Mechanical design compilers Allen C. Ward; 13. Scientific discovery and inventive engineering design Jonathan Cagan, Kenneth Kotovsky and Herbert A. Simon; Index.
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