Case-based reasoning in design is becoming an important approach to computer-support for design as well as an important component in understanding the design process. Design has become a major focus for problem solving paradigms due to its complexity and open-ended nature. This book presents a clear description of how case-based reasoning can be applied to design problems, including the representation of design cases, indexing and retrieving design cases, and the range of paradigms for adapting design cases. With a focus on design, this book differs from others that provide a generalist view of case-based reasoning.
This volume provides two important contributions to the area:
* a general description of the issues and alternatives in applying case-based reasoning to design, and
* a description of specific implementations of case-based design.
Through this combination, the reader will learn about both the general issues and the practical problems in supporting design through case-based reasoning. This book was prepared to fill a gap in the literature on the unique problems that design introduces to computational paradigms developed in computer science. It also addresses the needs of computational support for design problem solving from both theoretical and practical perspectives.
"…gives a basic understanding of CBR and its applications….Throughout all of the chapters of the book, some well presented supporting figures are provided, which can be used as driving tools for the readers to follow the descriptions in the text."
—Artificial Intelligence in Engineering
Contents: Preface. Overview of Case-Based Reasoning. Case-Based Design as a Process Model. Representing Design Cases. Recalling Design Cases. Adapting Design Cases. CASECAD: A Multimedia Case-Based Reasoning System for Design. CADSYN: A Hybrid Approach to Case-Based Design. Appendices: Lisp Programs of CASECAD. A Sample Case From CASECAD.