Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 85–101 | Cite as

An application of game theory in distributed collaborative decision making

  • Angran Xiao
Research Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Innovative Design and Intelligent Design


In a distributed product realization environment, new paradigms and accompanying software systems are necessary to support the collaborative work of geographically dispersed engineering teams from different disciplines who have different knowledge, experience, tools and resources. To verify the concept of collaboration by separation, we propose a generic information communication medium to enable knowledge representation and exchange between engineering teams, a digital interface. Across digital interfaces, each engineering team maintains its own perspective towards the product realization problem, and each controls a subset of design variables and seeks to maximize its own payoff function subject to individual constraints. Hence, we postulate the use of principles from game theory to model the relationships between engineering teams and facilitate collaborative decision making without causing unnecessary information exchange or iteration across digital interfaces. A product design and manufacturing scenario is introduced to demonstrate the efficacy of using game theory to maintain a clean interface between design and manufacturing teams.


collaboration distributed product realization game theory digital interface 


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The research was performed at the Systems Realization Laboratory at Georgia Institute of Technology, and Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology and Industrial Design at New York City College of Technology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design Technology, New York City College of TechnologyCity University of New YorkBrooklynUSA

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