Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing

Special Issue: Call For Papers

AIEDAM Special Issue, Spring 2007, Vol.21 No.2

Computational Linguistics for Design, Maintenance and Manufacturing

Edited by: Nicole Segers & Pierre Leclercq

During the life cycle of a product, engineers and designers make many representations of the product. The information and knowledge added to create and maintain the product -- in other words the "corporate memory" -- are usually represented visually in sketches, models, (technical) drawings, and images. These representations have proved to be of value in computer aided support and have received a lot of attention in both research and practice.

However, in the corporate memory a lot of linguistic information is involved as well. Captions, plain text and keyword indexing are now common to support the communication between design actors. But the linguistic information is currently scarcely used to its full potential. Thus far linguistic information has not significantly contributed to improve the information handling related to the computer support of the (design) product.

In this special issue we seek contributions concerning the added value and the means of applying linguistic information during the life cycle of a product. This can, for example, involve the differences in interpretation of information and how that should be handled during the life cycle of the product, or the complexity of relating different representations -- in the early phase of the design, process ambiguity and parallel lines of thought are required, while in a later phase the information has to be precise.

In our view, linguistic information is the use of words, abbreviations, vocal comments, annotations, notes and reports, which create meaningful information for designers as well as computers.

This linguistic information is complementary to visual information and essential to create the product.s corporate memory in a smart way. Semantic models, use of ontology, multimodal representations, connectivity through linguistic content, and flexible information handling, must contribute to render the corporate memory truly intelligible for AI systems.

Topics that may be addressed include:

  • integration of visual and linguistic information;
  • emerging issues of integrated design support;
  • narrative human computer interaction;
  • user interface research;
  • word-based conceptual design;
  • design process buffers / information collectors;
  • ontology and semantics in corporate memory;
  • accelerating innovation in product design;
  • translation between experts / users / clients / engineers / designers;
  • interpretation and connection between different design representations;
  • constraint management in collaborative design.

All submissions will be anonymously reviewed by at least two expert reviewers, and a selection for publication made on the basis of these reviews.

Information about the format and style required for AIEDAM papers can be found at
However, note that all submissions for special issues go to the Guest Editors, and not to the Editor in Chief.

Important dates:

    Intent to submit (title & abstract, 400-800 words): 7 March 2006 Submission deadline for full papers: 22 March 2006 *** Reviews due 11 July 2006 Notification and reviews to authors: 25 July 2006 Revised version submission deadline: 19 September 2006 Final papers: 11 November 2006 Publication: Spring 2007

Guest editors:

Please direct all enquiries and submissions to the guest editors:

Nicole Segers
De Twee Snoeken Automatisering
Postbus 659
5201 AR 's-Hertogenbosch
The Netherlands
Email: nicole.segers @

Pierre Leclercq
University of Liege
LuciD Group
1 chemin des Chevreuils B52
B4000 Liege - Belgium
Email: pierre.leclercq @

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