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A multi-agent based system to enable strategic and operational design coordination

Whitfield, R.I. and Coates, G. and Duffy, A.H.B. and Hills, W. (2000) A multi-agent based system to enable strategic and operational design coordination. In: 6th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Design (AID'00), 2000-06-26 - 2000-06-29.

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This paper presents two systems which individually focus on different aspects of design coordination, namely strategic and operational. The systems were developed in parallel and individually contain related models that represent specific frames from a Design Coordination Framework developed by Andreasen et al. [1]. The focus of the strategic design management system is the management of design tasks, decisions, information, goals and rationale within the design process, whereas the focus of the operational design coordination system is the coordination of tasks and activities with respect to the near-optimal utilisation of available resources. A common interface exists which enables the two systems to be integrated and used as a single system with the aim of managing both strategic and operational design coordination. Hence, the objective of this work is to enable the design process to be conducted in a timely and appropriate manner.