Design support using distributed web-based AI tools

Paul A. Rodgers, Avon P. Huxor, Nicholas H. M. Caldwell

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Currently, designers are faced with searching through a ‘sea’ of on-line knowledge to support their decision making activities. This paper describes WebCADET, which is a reimplementation of the stand-alone CADET – a Knowledge-Based System (KBS) for product design evaluation. WebCADET aims to provide effective and efficient support for designers during their searches for design knowledge. WebCADET uses the ‘AI as text’ approach, where KBSs can be seen as a medium to facilitate the communication of design knowledge between designers. The development of WebCADET to include practical support via World Wide Web-based functionality, which illustrates the potential of the ‘AI as text’ approach, is described in the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-44
Number of pages14
JournalResearch in Engineering Design - Theory, Applications, and Concurrent Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 1999


  • design
  • engineering design
  • artificial intelligence


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