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Ontology-Based Design Rationale Retrieval Supporting Natural Language Query

[+] Author Affiliations
Luye Li, Feiwei Qin, Shuming Gao, Xiaolian Qin

Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Paper No. DETC2014-34350, pp. V01BT02A017; 12 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1B: 34th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4629-2
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Design rationale is an important category of design knowledge. Effective reuse of design rationale depends on its successful retrieval. In this paper, an ontology-based design rationale retrieval approach is presented, based on which, users can input natural language questions to search what they want. First, a database of ontology-based design rationale is constructed, which supports SPARQL query. Then, several SPARQL templates are defined according to different knowledge query requirements in engineering design domain. Moreover, a SPARQL query generating method is proposed to generate SPARQL query from natural language query automatically through template matching and keywords extending. Finally, a design rationale retrieval prototype system is implemented, and the experimental results show the advantages of the proposed approach.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME
Topics: Design , Ontologies



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