Full Content is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >

A Review of Methods for Design Under Uncertainty From the Perspective of Utility Theory

[+] Author Affiliations
Benjamin D. Lee, Stephanie C. Thompson, Christiaan J. J. Paredis

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Paper No. DETC2010-28721, pp. 473-482; 10 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 22nd International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology; Special Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 15–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4413-7 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3881-5
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


In this paper, we present a review of methods for design under uncertainty. Specifically, we examine Reliability-Based Design, Robust Design, and Risk-Informed Design from the perspective of utility theory. Although these methods account for uncertainty, they differ from utility theory in that they limit the types of preferences that can be expressed. Limitations on the types of preferences that can be expressed can be valuable to designers because they reduce the effort required to elicit preference. However, the value of these methods for a particular design scenario depends greatly on the appropriateness of the preference model they implicitly impose. As such, they should be used with caution; they should not be applied when the associated preference models are not reasonable approximations of the designer’s true preferences. To help designers decide when the methods are appropriate, we identify the preference models by formulating the methods in a common framework of utility theory. The methods are then critically examined and compared based on their costs and the value they add to the design process.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



Interactive Graphics


Country-Specific Mortality and Growth Failure in Infancy and Yound Children and Association With Material Stature

Use interactive graphics and maps to view and sort country-specific infant and early dhildhood mortality and growth failure data and their association with maternal

Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In