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Ontology-Based Representation of Design Decision Hierarchies

[+] Author Affiliations
Zhenjun Ming, Yan Yan, Guoxin Wang

Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China

Jitesh H. Panchal

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Chung Hyun Goh

University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

Janet K. Allen, Farrokh Mistree

University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Paper No. DETC2016-59405, pp. V01BT02A027; 13 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1B: 36th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, August 21–24, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5008-4
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


It is efficacious to capture and represent the knowledge for decision support in engineering design. Ontology is a promising knowledge modeling scheme in the engineering domain. In this paper, an ontology is proposed for capturing, representing and documenting the knowledge related to hierarchical decisions in the design of complex engineered systems. The ontology is developed based on the coupled Decision Support Problem (DSP) construct, taking into consideration the requirements for a computational model that represents a decision hierarchy. Key to the ontology is the concept of two classes, namely, Process which represents the basic hierarchy building blocks where the DSPs are embedded, and Interface which represents the DSP information flows that link different Processes to a hierarchy. The efficacy of the ontology is demonstrated using a portal frame design example.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME
Topics: Design , Ontologies



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