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Cyber-Empathic Design: A Data-Driven Framework for Product Design
Dipanjan Ghosh, Andrew Olewnik, Kemper Lewis, Junghan Kim, and Arun Lakshmanan
Understanding consumer perceptions of products and the potential impact of those perceptions on purchase decisions is critical information that should influence product development decisions. Though firms often seek consumer feedback on products, such feedback often occurs long after product use and lacks specific details about the interaction, usage context, etc. This work introduces a novel framework – Cyber-Empathic Design – that integrates sensor data and real-time user feedback to develop a more accurate model of user perceptions. Read more...
Mining Process Heuristics from Designer Action Data via Hidden Markov Models
Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan, and Kenneth Kotovsky
Configuration design problems are common in everyday life as well as engineering, with examples ranging from the selection and arrangement of furniture for a living room to the type of problem-solving used by NASA engineers to return Apollo 13 safely to Earth. There are many theoretical approaches for solving configuration design problems but few studies have examined how humans naturally solve them. This work used data-mining techniques (specifically hidden Markov models) to study the behavioral patterns shown by humans solving two distinct configuration design problems. Read more...
Optimal Design of Panel Reinforcements With Ribs Made of Plates
Shanglong Zhang; Julián A. Norato
Reinforcing ribs can significantly increase the stiffness of panels. In this study, we formulate a computational design method to determine the optimal position, dimensions and orientation of ribs made of stock plates and welded to a panel to maximize its stiffness. Typical applications of welded rib reinforcements are large metallic structures with low production volumes, for which other processes such as machining or stamping are either infeasible or too costly. Read more...
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