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Information maturity for uncertainty handling in collaborative engineering design

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Research Associate at the Engineering Design Centre

The purpose of the seminar is to introduce some of my previous works that may be similar or complementary to EDC research themes such as process robustness. The context of this talk surrounds collaborative design processes, such as in Hydro energy and automotive design. In collaboration, the uncertainty and interdependency of information are the highlighted characteristics. Indeed, information may be from certain sources (such as standards); on the other hand information may be from uncertain sources (such as intermediate design results), or it may be a poorly validated hypothesis that a designer uses in order to cope with complex design problems. Interdependency is a consequence of both the product and organizational complexity. Information uncertainty and interdependency causes inevitable risk of rework in the design process and thus causes delay and cost overruns. The problem to be addressed is how to improve information exchange and collaboration within design teams? The interest is to propose a collaborative framework, which includes: (1) information maturity model, (2) unified framework to exchange formal and informal information (3) and mechanisms to support the coordination of design activities. An implementation of a prototype PIQUANT is presented as an illustration of the different proposed concepts. In order to facilitate the reuse of the framework specification, a pattern-based approach has been proposed. The talk will end with the presentation of some previous research at the Innovative Design Manufacturing Research Centre (IdMRC) within work package 2.1, and highlight some of the potential contributions and overlaps with EDC interests.

This talk is part of the Engineering Design Centre series.

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