An `AI in Design' View of Design
Defining the problem is at the core of any system development. Part of the description of a design problem lies in a space with dimensions such as the design type, the design target, and the design theory. The other dimensions of a design problem description are inherited from general problem-solving theories: the input, the output and the assumptions made about the problem.
- Characterize the design problem along the abstractness/routineness dimensions.
- What kind of objects does the system construct?
- What kind of information is given as input to the system?
- Is the design problem based on a limiting/simplifying set of assumptions?
- What does the system generate as output?
- Is there an underlying theory which is used for design?
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