Title: An integrated information system for product design assistance based on artificial intelligence and collaborative tools

Authors: Jeremy Legardeur, Christophe Merlo, Xavier Fischer

Addresses: Laboratory for Engineering of Industrial Processes and Services, Superior Institute of Advanced Industrial Technologies ESTIA, Technopole Izarbel, Bidart 64210, France. ' Laboratory for Engineering of Industrial Processes and Services, Superior Institute of Advanced Industrial Technologies ESTIA, Technopole Izarbel, Bidart 64210, France. ' Laboratory for Engineering of Industrial Processes and Services, Superior Institute of Advanced Industrial Technologies ESTIA, Technopole Izarbel, Bidart 64210, France

Abstract: Most of the time, the innovative product concept identification is based on strategic and complex processes. Design actors’ individual initiatives and development of new ideas emerge from conflicting contexts combining the technical, economical and social aspects. In this paper, we propose a new approach that aims at assisting design product from the early phases of the design process to the embodiment design phase. We suggest a combination of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system and specific developed tools (Meta-modelling techniques, Numeric-CSP solver and |Innovation Development and Diffusion| (ID²) system) to enhance cultural heterogeneity encountered within the team project and to take advantage of this aspect to foster design innovation and product quality.

Keywords: product design support systems; product lifecycle management; PLM; knowledge management; constraint satisfaction problem; CSP solver; artificial intelligence based metamodelling; AI; product concept identification; information integration; design innovation; product quality; intelligent modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPLM.2006.009403

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management, 2006 Vol.1 No.3, pp.211 - 229

Published online: 28 Mar 2006 *

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