Title: A Tutor Agent for supporting distributed knowledge modelling in interactive product design

Authors: Ricardo Mejia-Gutierrez, Xavier Fischer, Fouad Bennis

Addresses: IRCCyN – UMR CNRS 6597, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, 1, rue de la Noe – BP 92101, 44321 Nantes Cedex 03, France. ' LIPSI – ESTIA, Technopole Izarbel, 64210 Bidart, France. ' IRCCyN – UMR CNRS 6597, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, 1, rue de la Noe – BP 92101, 44321 Nantes Cedex 03, France

Abstract: Currently, the process of problem analysis in product design involves multiple partners in a distributed environment. A tutoring approach to support knowledge modelling will be presented in this article, focusing on variables as a key component of knowledge. A set of Tutor Agents intends to aid distributed partners to coherently elicitate their know-how in order to use to analyse design problems. A granular Knowledge Base is proposed to standardise distributed knowledge, providing Product Life-Cycle (PLC) constraints (based on product knowledge) to construct optimisation models. Furthermore, a case will be presented in order to clarify the approach. The results will enable design teams to integrate constraints from PLC knowledge in order to optimise the evolution of design concepts.

Keywords: distributed knowledge modelling; distributed teams; interactive product design; tutor agents; product life cycle; PLC constraints; optimisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISTA.2008.017281

International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications, 2008 Vol.4 No.3/4, pp.399 - 420

Available online: 22 Feb 2008 *

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