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Distributed Adaptive Optimization in Virtual Body Assembly

[+] Author Affiliations
Richard J. Gerth

Center for Automotive Research

Sven Brueckner

Altarum Institute

Paper No. IMECE2005-79885, pp. 1031-1040; 10 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Manufacturing Engineering and Materials Handling, Parts A and B
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division and Materials Handling Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4223-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


The Digital Body Development System (DBDS) is 4 year project to shorten the time to launch vehicles by improving the launch problem solving process. The project is based on two concepts: virtual functional build and an intelligent agent based decision support system. This paper presents a novel architecture for the decision support system that streamlines the launch process through the integration of a virtual assembly simulation, problem identification, and solution generation and evaluation. Following the virtual functional build process, the architecture deploys a number of multi-agent systems to provide system functionality, such as problem knowledge retrieval, solution generation, modification, and evaluation. The architecture has been implemented and will be explained on a simple 2-D door model and a casebase of 100 cases. Results show that the DBDS can find the correct solution much faster than a random search and can automatically implement and evaluate the solution.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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