Year: 2015
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Marco Cantamessa, Gaetano Cascini, Dorian Marjanovic, Srinivasan Venkataraman
Author: Kroll, Ehud; Weisbrod, Gil
Series: ICED
Institution: Technion, Israel
Section: Design Theory and Research Methodology, Design Processes
Page(s): 117-126
ISBN: 978-1-904670-65-0
ISSN: 2220-4334


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.

Keywords: Conceptual Design, Branch-And-Bound, Parameter Analysis


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