Design support using distributed web-based AI tools

Paul A. Rodgers, Avon P. Huxor, Nicholas H M Caldwell

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Currently, designers are faced with searching through a `sea' of on-line knowledge to support their decision making activities. This paper describes WebCADET, which is a reimplementation of the stand-alone CADET - a Knowledge-Based System (KBS) for product design evaluation. Web-CADET aims to provide effective and efficient support for designers during their searches for design knowledge. WebCADET uses the `AI as text' approach, where KBSs can be seen as a medium to facilitate the communication of design knowledge between designers. The development of WebCADET to include practical support via World Wide Web-based functionality, which illustrates the potential of the `AI as text' approach, is described in the paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-44
Number of pages14
JournalResearch in Engineering Design - Theory, Applications, and Concurrent Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999


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