Knowledge-Based Systems for Design

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J. R. Dixon

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003

J. Vib. Acoust 117(B), 11-16 (Jun 01, 1995) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2838652 History: Received September 01, 1994; Online February 26, 2008


Knowledge-based systems are a special class of computer programs that purport to perform, or to assist humans in performing, specified intellectual tasks. This paper describes how knowledge-based programs are special; that is, how they differ from other computer programs. A structure for understanding the use of knowledge-based programs in engineering design is presented, together with an example. The role of knowledge-based systems in design research is discussed.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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