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Title: Design and implementation of an agent-based collaborative product design system
Authors: Wang, JX
Tang, MX 
Song, LN
Jiang, SQ 
Keywords: Mutlit-agent system
Collaborative design
Product design management
Product data modelling
Product design process modelling
Solid modelling
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Computers in industry, 2009, v. 60, no. 7, p. 520-535 How to cite?
Journal: Computers in industry 
Abstract: The evolution of computer science and technology has brought new opportunities for multidisciplinary designers and engineers to collaborate with each other in a concurrent and coordinated manner. The development of computational agents with unified data structures and software protocols contributes to the establishment of a new way of working in collaborative design, which is increasingly becoming an international practice. In this paper, based on the analysis of the dynamic nature of collaborative design process, a new framework for collaborative design is described. This framework adopts an agent-based approach and relocates designers, managers, systems, and the supporting agents in a unified knowledge representation scheme for product design. In order to model the constantly evolving design process and the rationales resulted from design collaboration, a Collaborative Product Data Model (CPDM) and a constraint-based Collaborative Design Process Model (CDPM) are proposed to facilitate the management and coordination of the collaborative design process as well as design knowledge management. A prototype system of the proposed framework is implemented and its feasibility is evaluated using a real design scenario whose objective is designing a set of dining table and chairs.
ISSN: 0166-3615
DOI: 10.1016/j.compind.2009.03.001
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