Modeling the Structure and Complexity of Engineering Routine Design Problems

J.M. Jauregui Becker, W.W. Wits, F.J.A.M. van Houten

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This paper proposes a model to structure routine design problems as well as a model of its design complexity. The idea is that having a proper model of the structure of such problems enables understanding its complexity, and likewise, a proper understanding of its complexity enables the development of systematic approaches to solve them. The end goal is to develop computer systems capable of taking over routine design tasks based on generic and systematic solving approaches. It is proposed to structure routine design in three main states: problem class, problem instance, and problem solution. Design complexity is related to the degree of uncertainty in knowing how to move a design problem from one state to another. Axiomatic Design Theory is used as reference for understanding complexity in routine design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st CIRP Design Conference
Subtitle of host publicationKorea 2011: Interdisciplinary Design
Editors Thompson, M.K.
Place of PublicationDaejeon, South Korea
ISBN (Print)978-89-89693-29-1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event21st CIRP Design Conference 2011 - Daejeon, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 27 Feb 201129 Mar 2011
Conference number: 21


Conference21st CIRP Design Conference 2011
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Complexity
  • Routine design
  • Axiomatic Design Theory


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