A SEARCH AND OPTIMIZATION PERSPECTIVE ON CONCEPTUAL DESIGN
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Marco Cantamessa, Gaetano Cascini, Dorian Marjanovic, Srinivasan Venkataraman
Author: Kroll, Ehud; Weisbrod, Gil
Institution: Technion, Israel
Section: Design Theory and Research Methodology, Design Processes
Conceptual design using the method of Parameter Analysis is related in this paper to the tree structure formed in C-space of C K Theory. This, in turn, leads to an analogy to the search tree in branch-and-bound optimization. We show that the classical branch-and-bound method can be generalized to include a dynamic and expanding state space, operators as design moves that are not pre-defined, and a cost function that consists of learning-based evaluation of the artifact. The generalized branch-and-bound modeling can be used as a well-understood notional framework to study and compare human design methods and to develop computerized design assistants.