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IMCOD is supposed to be applied to
intelligent engineering, especially in electrical or
and related areas, under the primary objective of evolving existing
As already explained in section 1,
IMCOD can be used
in all situations, where someone has to make a
decision using his own domain knowledge and taking into account
the results and statements of other domain expert
systems, each relevant for special aspects of the whole problem.
As we focus on applications from the field of engineering, we will
now sketch more concrete application scenarios:
- mechanical engineering
To construct e.g. a car a designer
has to take into account facts from the fields of thermodynamics,
aerodynamics, tribology, functions, solidity, costs, air pollution and so on to
get an optimal solution. For each aspect he has to ask a special domain expert,
or he has to make some assumptions, based on his limited knowledge about
which might lead to iteration steps in the
designing process. The use of IMCOD will help to amalgamate the
different expert opinions and will reduce cost intensive iteration steps.
- consumer goods
Consumer goods like e.g. washing machines or stoves have reached a high
standard of technology. The design of such consumer goods is not only
influenced by aspects of economy and functionality; but also aspects of
fashion and competition must be regarded. Besides this special points
of view electrical and mechanical design tasks have to be solved.
The perhaps most important application of IMCOD is
the computer aided design (CAD) e.g. in electrical or mechanical engineering.
CAD is a field of research which covers several
application domains like electronics, e.g. VLSI, architecture,
civil engineering and building activities or terotechnology,
additional to the fields mentioned below.
last change: 16 Aug. 96