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Formal Engineering Design Synthesis
by Erik K. Antonsson and Jonathan Cagan (Editors)
Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0-521-79247-9
December, 2001, 1st edition
Hardcover, 523 Pages, 188 line diagrams, 18 tables
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In the early 1960's engineering design methodology underwent a renaissance. Methods began to be developed to guide engineers through a process to produce high-quality designs. In the mid-1980's these methods began to evolve from their informal (guideline-like) origins to more formal (i.e., computable) methods. Recently, the foundations of methods to automatically synthesize new designs have begun to be developed.

Synthesis is a difficult task; the creation of new designs is often thought of as a fundamentally human act. Emerging research has demonstrated that aspects of synthesis can be formalized and the foundations now exist to actively pursue highly automated synthesis techniques. This collection serves three purposes:

  • first, to provide a context by reviewing the state of the art in formal design synthesis methods;
  • second, to provide an in-depth technical presentation of one or more representative projects in formal design synthesis;
  • third, to examine future directions in computational design synthesis research.

This collection covers the following topics: shape grammars and their application in engineering, stochastic optimization, topology optimization, the relationship between invention and discovery, evolutionary techniques, kinematic design, structural design, architectural design, design compilation and formal theories of design, the use of AI in synthesis, and the representation and use of function for synthesis.

Contributing Authors ix
       Lionel March
       Erik K. Antonsson and Jonathan Cagan
       Erik K. Antonsson and Jonathan Cagan
1 Vitruvius Redux
       William J. Mitchell
2 How to Calculate with Shapes
       George Stiny
3 Engineering Shape Grammars
       Jonathan Cagan
4 Creating Structural Configurations
       Panos Y. Papalambros and Kristina Shea
5 Microsystem Design Synthesis
       Erik K. Antonsson
6 Function-Based Synthesis Methods in Engineering Design
       Kristin L. Wood and James L. Greer
7 Artificial Intelligence for Design
       Thomas F. Stahovich
8 Evolutionary and Adaptive Synthesis Methods
       Cin-Young Lee, Lin Ma and Erik K. Antonsson
9 Kinematic Synthesis
       J. Michael McCarthy and Leo Joskowicz
10 Systematic Chemical Process Synthesis
       Scott D. Barnicki and Jeffrey J. Siirola
11 Synthesis of Analog and Mixed-Signal Integrated Electronic Circuits   
       Georges G. E. Gielen and Rob A. Rutenbar
12 Mechanical Design Compilers
      Allen C. Ward
13 Scientific Discovery and Inventive Engineering Design
       Jonathan Cagan, Kenneth Kotovsky and Herbert A. Simon
Index 467

Publisher's Description:

The development of a new design is often thought of as a fundamentally human, creative act. However, emerging research has demonstrated that aspects of design synthesis can be formalized. First steps in this direction were taken in the early 1960s when systematic techniques were introduced to guide engineers in producing high-quality designs. By the mid-1980s these methods had evolved from their informal (guideline-like) origins to more formal (computable) methods. In recent years, highly automated design synthesis techniques have emerged. This timely book reviews the state-of-the-art in formal design synthesis methods. It also provides an in-depth exploration of several representative projects in formal design synthesis and examines future directions in computational design synthesis research. Written by internationally renowned experts in engineering and architectural design, it covers topics at the cutting edge of engineering design, and will appeal to designers, researchers and engineering graduate students.

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