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Automated Design Data and Rationale Capture

7 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2002  

Amar Gupta

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Satwik Seshasai

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Jason Yeung

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Tara Sainath

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Date Written: April 2002

Abstract

This paper presents a knowledge-based approach for capturing data and rationale, so that the experience and insights gained while pursuing a major project or endeavor can be utilized when pursuing future endeavors of a similar nature. The proposed approach, embodied in a concept demonstration prototype named SSPARCy, focuses on the means for capturing knowledge about the design process, including the evolving state of the design as well as the rationale behind major design decisions made over time. The system uses a four faceted knowledge-based approach of knowledge acquisition, discovery, management and repository to focus on various areas of functionality to be used in the design process. The proposed approach enables individuals and organizations to benefit from the experiences and lessons learned from previous processes, as well as facilitates the exchange of such knowledge throughout the design process.

Keywords: Collaboration, Design Rationale, Knowledge Discovery

JEL Classification: M1, Z0

Suggested Citation

Gupta, Amar and Seshasai, Satwik and Yeung, Jason and Sainath, Tara, Automated Design Data and Rationale Capture (April 2002). MIT Sloan Working Paper No. 4363-02; Eller College Working Paper No. 1026-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=303173 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.303173

Amar Gupta

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Satwik Seshasai (Contact Author)

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Jason Yeung

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ( email )

Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

Tara Sainath

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science ( email )

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
United States

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