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An Agent-Based Approach to Modeling Integrated Product Teams Undertaking a Design Activity

[+] Author Affiliations
Yee-Wai Sim, Richard Crowder

University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Mark Robinson, Helen Hughes

University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Paper No. DETC2009-86957, pp. 227-236; 10 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 29th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • San Diego, California, USA, August 30–September 2, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4899-9 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3856-3
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


The interactions between individual designers, within integrated product teams, and the nature of design tasks, all have a significant impact upon how well a design task can be performed, and hence the quality of the resultant product and the time in which it can be delivered. In this paper we describe an ongoing research project which aims to model integrated product teams through the use of multi-agent systems. We first describe the background and rationale for our work, and then present our initial computational model and results from the simulation of an integrated product team. The paper concludes with a discussion of how the model will evolve to improve the accuracy of the simulation.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Design , Modeling , Teams



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