The Design of Open Engineering Systems Lab

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Impacting Designer Creativity Through IT-Enabled Concept Generation

Research Area: Research Publication Year: 2010
Type of Publication: Technical Report
Authors: English, Ken; Naim, Aziz; Lewis, Kemper; Schmidt, Susanne; Viswanathan, Vimal; Linsey, Julie; McAdams, Daniel; Bishop, Bryan; Campbell, Matthew
One of the innovation’s fundamental mechanisms, designer creativity, is both unsupported by rigorous information-technology-enabled tools and uncharacterized as a scientific phenomenon. In this paper, we present VISUALIZEIT—a project seeking to identify a scientific basis and develop the supporting cyberinfrastructure needed to facilitate, evaluate, and disseminate information-technology-enabled innovation methodologies that augment designer creativity. This particular research paper describes a method of synthesizing concept representations through the development and expansion of platforms focused on computational concept generation, clustering of design concepts, a repository of archived design knowledge, and an information integration and representation interface. We also present the initial results from implementing VISUALIZEIT using two populations of students. DOI: 10.1115/1.3484089
ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering
Full text: JCISE.2010.pdf