Journal article

Design-by-analogy: experimental evaluation of a functional analogy search methodology for concept generation improvement

Katherine Fu, Jeremy Murphy, Maria Yang, Kevin Otto, Dan Jensen, Kristin Wood

RESEARCH IN ENGINEERING DESIGN | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2015

Abstract

Design-by-analogy is a growing field of study and practice, due to its power to augment and extend traditional concept generation methods by expanding the set of generated ideas using similarity relationships from solutions to analogous problems. This paper presents the results of experimentally testing a new method for extracting functional analogies from general data sources, such as patent databases, to assist designers in systematically seeking and identifying analogies. In summary, the approach produces significantly improved results on the novelty of solutions generated and no significant change in the total quantity of solutions generated. Computationally, this design-by-analogy facil..

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Awarded by National Science Foundation


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Dr. Matthew Campbell, Dr. Richard Crawford, and Dr. Joseph Beaman for their discussions and insights on this work. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation, Grant Numbers CMMI-0855326, CMMI-0855510, and CMMI-0855293, and support from the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre (IDC), http://idc.sutd.edu.sg.