A context-aware diversity-oriented knowledge recommendation approach for smart engineering solution design

Xinyu Li (Corresponding Author), Chun Hsien Chen, Pai Zheng, Zuhua Jiang, Linke Wang

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To proactively fulfill multiple stakeholders’ needs in the engineering solution design process, the knowledge recommendation approach is adopted as a key element in the knowledge management system. Nevertheless, most existing knowledge recommendation approaches cannot simultaneously meet the higher standard of in-context accuracy and diversity. To address the issue, this paper proposes a context-aware diversity-oriented knowledge recommendation approach, thereby assisting stakeholders to accomplish engineering solution design in a smarter manner. Three diversity concerns, namely item-diversity, context-diversity, and user-diversity are addressed by semantic-based content analysis, context definition and awareness, and user profile modeling, respectively. Hence, the proposed approach not only maximizes the diversity of the recommended knowledge but also guarantees its accuracy under multiple problem-solving contexts. Moreover, a practical engineering solution design case on a Smart 3D printer platform is conducted, to validate the efficacy of the proposed approach in providing usable and diverse knowledge items. It is anticipated this work can provide useful insights to practitioners in their knowledge-based engineering solution design process.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106739
JournalKnowledge-Based Systems
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2021


  • Context-aware
  • Diversity
  • Engineering knowledge
  • Engineering solution design
  • Knowledge recommendation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Software
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Artificial Intelligence


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