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A Computational Framework for Supporting Innovation in Product Development Through Collaboration and Simulation

[+] Author Affiliations
Amanda Galea, Philip J. Farrugia, Emmanuel Francalanza, Jonathan C. Borg

University of Malta, Msida, Malta

Paper No. DETC2012-70373, pp. 237-246; 10 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 32nd Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 12–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4501-1
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


This paper deals with the development of a computational framework that aims to facilitate innovative endeavours during product development. A problem analysis carried out revealed that both stakeholder collaboration and artefact simulation are considered important for supporting innovation, the first through the availability of more ideas and the latter for analysing the feasibility of these ideas prior to their implementation in practice. However, it was observed that the use of collaboration tools and simulation tools is still lacking in practice mainly due to lack of awareness or perceived lack of necessity. This research thus aims to develop a framework that helps support innovation in product development through the use of these tools. From the preliminary evaluation of the solution developed, it was found that the portal and its underlying framework are indeed useful for supporting innovation.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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