A Computational Technique for Concept Generation Conference Paper uri icon


  • Few computational tools exist to assist designers during the conceptual phase of design, and design success is often heavily weighted on personal experience and innate ability. Many well-known methods (e.g. brainstorming, intrinsic and extrinsic searches, and morphological analysis) are designed to stimulate a designers creativity, but ultimately still rely heavily on individual bias and experience. Under the premise that quality designs comes from experienced designers, experience in the form of design knowledge is extracted from existing products and stored for reuse in a web-based repository. This paper presents an automated concept generation tool that utilizes the repository of existing design knowledge to generate and evaluate conceptual design variants. This tool is intended to augment traditional conceptual design phase activities and produce numerous feasible concepts early in the design process.

name of conference

  • ASME 2005 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference

published proceedings

  • Volume 5a: 17th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology

author list (cited authors)

  • Bryant, C. R., McAdams, D. A., Stone, R. B., Kurtoglu, T., & Campbell, M. I.

citation count

  • 57

complete list of authors

  • Bryant, Cari R||McAdams, Daniel A||Stone, Robert B||Kurtoglu, Tolga||Campbell, Matthew I

publication date

  • January 2005