Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing

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Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing (2010), 24:17-34 Cambridge University Press
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doi:10.1017/S089006040999014X

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From handicraft prototypes to limited serial productions: Exploiting knowledge artifacts to support the industrial design of high quality products


S. Bandinia1 and F. Sartoria1

a1 CSAI—Complex Systems and Artificial Intelligence Research Center, University of Milano, Milan, Italy
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Abstract

This paper presents a conceptual and computational framework to support experts in the design and manufacturing of high quality products. The framework is based on the development of specific knowledge artifacts characterized by tools for the management of functional, procedural, and experiential knowledge. As a case study, the GUITAR HERO project is presented. The project aims at building a knowledge-based system to support experts of a handicraft enterprise involved in the design and manufacturing of electric guitars characterized by an aluminum body. The domain of the project is extremely innovative, because electric guitars are typically manufactured with different kinds of wood rather than metals or other materials. To this aim, an ontological representation of the electric guitar has been implemented exploiting NavEditOW, a computational framework for the codification, navigation, and querying of ontologies over the Internet, based on the OWL language.

(Received October 25 2008)

(Accepted July 03 2009)

KeywordsFunctional and Procedural Knowledge Management; Knowledge Artifact

Footnotes

Reprint requests to: S. Bandini, Complex Systems and Artificial Intelligence Research Center, University of Milano, Bicocca, Viale Sarca 336, Milan U14 20126, Italy. E-mail: bandini@csai.disco.unimib.it


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