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Decision-Making in Engineering Design

Theory and Practice

  • Yotaro Hatamura

Part of the Decision Engineering book series (DECENGIN)

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About this book


We use our brains when we create plans and designs. The resulting plans and designs take physical form, however, what we thought about, the alternatives we tried, and the constraints we recognized while we were making these plans and designs are usually not written anywhere. Therefore, those who only get to see the results, e.g. the final text and drawings, do not learn what led the designer to reach such conclusions and as a consequence never understand the real design.

Decision-making in Engineering Design is the first monograph to provide a much-needed insight into the ways in which our minds behave when we make decisions, focusing particularly on decisions made about design.

Written by members of ‘The Practice of Machine Design Research Group’ and consisting of four parts, Decision-making in Engineering Design uses case studies to illustrate the decisions made by engineers in a variety of situations. A variety of diagrams are also used to express the decision processes that take place in the mind. The final part of the book focuses on a single case study which demonstrates the importance of understanding the mind processes involved in decision making.

This description of decision processes will provide the means for the development of new manufacturing systems and production activities in the future because it helps us gain a real understanding of the how the mind processes we go through when making decisions affect the decisions that we make.

The Decision Engineering series focuses on the foundations and applications of tools and techniques related to decision engineering, and identifies their relevance in ‘engineering’ decisions. The series provides an aid to practising professionals and applied researchers in the development of tools for informed operational and business decision making, within industry, by utilising distributed organisational knowledge.


Decision Engineering Mind Process decision making design development engineering design linear optimization machine manufacturing organization production

Editors and affiliations

  • Yotaro Hatamura
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Hatamura Institute for the Advancement of TechnologyTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Kogakuin UniversityJapan
  3. 3.The University of TokyoTokyo

About the editors

Dr. Yotaro Hatamura is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo where he earned his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1966, being invited back to teach there two years later. At present he is also a Professor at Kogakuin University. His fields of interest include nano-micro machining, force sensing, intelligent manufacturing and biomedical engineering. In 2002, he founded the Association for the Study of Failure, after noticing that his students were more interested in learning about people’s mistakes than about their success stories. He has developed a method of analysing mistakes and failures and in order to show how one can achieve success by learning from failures.

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