Towards a formal representation model of problem formulation in design

Mahmoud Dinar, Jami Shah, Glen Hunt, Ellen Campana, Pat Langley

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Abstract

Studies on design, show that problem formulation plays a major role in creative design. We plan to construct an interactive computer system that aids problem formulation. In the current stage, to improve our understanding of problem formulation, we have conducted exploratory protocol studies of novice designers and collected data from an expert designer in the form of a depositional interview. A formal representation of the design problem is needed to improve our empirical investigation. We propose a preliminary framework for such a model and we call it a problem map. It provides a basis for comparing how different designers perceive a problem. Our study is based on the design of a model aircraft for the AIAA student design competition. This preliminary analysis shows the evolution of the problem and the solution spaces in the elaboration of the problem maps through time. The problem maps also show a richer representation of attended attributes and relations for the expert and more attributes left in vacuum for the novices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2011
Pages263-272
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
EventASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2011 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Aug 28 2011Aug 31 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume9

Other

OtherASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2011
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period8/28/118/31/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Dinar, M., Shah, J., Hunt, G., Campana, E., & Langley, P. (2011). Towards a formal representation model of problem formulation in design. In ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2011 (pp. 263-272). (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 9). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2011-48396