Using Ontology for Design Information and Knowledge Management: A Critical Review

  • Y. Liu
  • S.C.J. Lim
Conference paper


Ontology has been identified as a feasible modeling solution for rich design information and knowledge representation. From previous studies, the applications of ontology in design engineering have shown promising progress. This chapter provides a critical review of the recent achievements in utilizing ontology for design information and knowledge management. The applications of ontology in the three major categories are explicitly discussed. Most importantly, a number of research issues concerning the application of ontology in design engineering have been identified and suggested. Finally, based on the current state of research, a few promising future research directions are also briefly discussed.


Ontology Design information Knowledge management 



The work described in this chapter was supported by a research grant from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China (Grant No: A-PD0C) and was supported by two GRF grants from the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong SAR, China (RGC Ref: 520208 & 520509).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National University of SingaporeDepartment of Mechanical EngineeringSingaporeSingapore

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