Research in Engineering Design

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 31–44

Design Support Using Distributed Web-Based AI Tools

  • Paul A. Rodgers
  • Avon P. Huxor
  • Nicholas H. M. Caldwell
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s001630050003

Cite this article as:
Rodgers, P., Huxor, A. & Caldwell, N. Res Eng Des (1999) 11: 31. doi:10.1007/s001630050003


Currently, designers are faced with searching through a ‘sea’ of on-line knowledge to support their decision making activities. This paper describes WebCADET, which is a reimplementation of the stand-alone CADET – a Knowledge-Based System (KBS) for product design evaluation. WebCADET aims to provide effective and efficient support for designers during their searches for design knowledge. WebCADET uses the ‘AI as text’ approach, where KBSs can be seen as a medium to facilitate the communication of design knowledge between designers. The development of WebCADET to include practical support via World Wide Web-based functionality, which illustrates the potential of the ‘AI as text’ approach, is described in the paper.

Key words:AI as text – Design knowledge – Design support – Distributed design

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag London Limited 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul A. Rodgers
    • 1
  • Avon P. Huxor
    • 2
  • Nicholas H. M. Caldwell
    • 3
  1. 1.Engineering Design Centre, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, CambridgeGB
  2. 2.Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University, BarnetGB
  3. 3.Scientific Image Processing Group, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge UKGB