Ontologies in the Early Phase of Design: A Multi-Agent Perspective

H.H. Achten, J. Bíla

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In order to exchange design information between (human) agents, some ontology is required to establish a common understanding of terms. Design faces special challenges with respect to ontologies: multiple participants take part in the design process, each with their own outlook on the world and requirements on the information they need; the design evolves throughout the design process during which concepts are created and changed; the design must meet requirements of many different kinds (from informal to legal); and the knowledge of the problem and the domain changes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Seminar "The Development of Methods and Special Means of Integrated (Concurrent) Mechanical Engineering", Prague, December 5
EditorsM. Fürbacher, J. Talácko
PublisherCzech Technical University in Prague
ISBN (Print)80-01-02652-3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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