WPI Computer Science Department

Computer Science Department

Concurrent Engineering Support Systems


Rob Douglas, with Prof. Dave Brown and Prof. Dave Zenger (MFE).



Concurrent Engineering (CE) has already initiated a cultural change in the design and manufacturing of new products. It is expected to lead to better engineered and faster built products. But, in order for a company to take advantage of the power of CE, the members of product development teams have to be educated in the CE method of product development and how decisions made about one aspect of a design can affect other aspects. They also have to be educated in the usefulness of the tools that can be used for CE. Those tools include intelligent agents which can be used to offer design suggestions and criticisms.

The goal of this project is to build a computer system which will simulate a design environment and demonstrate the essential aspects of CE, in a way that they can be intuitively understood. It is supported by a grant from the Competitive Product Development Institute at the Digital Equipment Corporation.


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dcb@cs.wpi.edu / Thu Sep 12 20:41:12 EDT 1996