Cognitive Designers Activity Study, Formalization, Modelling, and Computation in the Inspirational Phase

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This paper refers to a research project that we are conducting about the formalization of the designer's cognitive activity in order to develop new computational tools to support the early design process. These tools are especially focused on the inspirational phase of design. We first formalized the cognitive processes of the designers dedicated to our specific phase, and identified some routine parts where computational tools could be useful in order to enrich the traditional design process. The computation of design rules in the early phases of design needs to establish specific formalizations that can be implemented by algorithms. After modelling designers' cognitive processes, we explored the main information systems they use and completed them by an investigation about Content-Based Image Retrieval systems (CBIR). Our research consisted then in establishing specific formalizations in order to cope with recent technologies that could improve the precision and efficiency with which designers can access inspirational images.
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Inspirational process; Case study; Conjoint Trends Analysis; CTA method


21st CIRP Design Conference

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