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The Role of Knowledge in Next-generation Product Development Systems



Simon Szykman, Ram D. Sriram, William Regli


Information technology has played an increasingly important role in engineering product development. Its influence over the past decade has been accelerating and its impact in the coming decade will undoubtedly be immense. This paper surveys several research areas relating to knowledge representation, capture and retrieval, which will have a growing influence on product development. Each of these areas could, on its own, provide sufficient material for an entire survey paper. Unlike traditional survey papers, this paper does not attempt to provide a comprehensive review of a field of research from its inception to the present. Rather, this paper aims to touch on a representative selection of recent developments in these influential technical areas. This paper has been written for the inaugural issue of the ASME Journal of Computation and Information Science in Engineering to help set the tone for this new journal. The paper provides perspectives into the kinds of technologies that are emerging from rapidly expanding fields of research, and discusses challenges that must be overcome to enable transition of these technologies into industry practice to support the next generation of product development software tools.
Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering


ASME, development systems, next-generation


Szykman, S. , Sriram, R. and Regli, W. (2001), The Role of Knowledge in Next-generation Product Development Systems, Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, [online], (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created March 5, 2001, Updated October 12, 2021