Title: Web-based and agent-based approaches for collaborative product design: an overview

Authors: Weiming Shen, Lihui Wang

Addresses: Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Institute, National Research Council Canada, 800 Collip Circle, London, Ontario, Canada N6G 4X8. Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Institute, National Research Council Canada, 800 Collip Circle, London, Ontario, Canada N6G 4X8

Abstract: A number of emerging technologies including CSCW, distributed objects, intelligent agents, internet and web based technologies have been proposed to implement collaborative product design systems, while web-based and agent-based approaches are dominant in this area. This paper reviews the state-of-the-art of applications of the Web and Agent technologies to collaborative product design, and discusses the opportunities as well as challenges in this exciting research area.

Keywords: agents; collaborative design; concurrent engineering; CSCW; internet; multiagent systems; product design; web; web-based systems.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2003.000317

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2003 Vol.16 No.2/3, pp.103-112

Published online: 16 Jul 2003 *

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