Knowledge representation and reasoning methods in the concept development of product design: A state-of-the-art review

Zuoxu Wang, Pai Zheng, Ching Hung Lee, Chun Hsien Chen

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Concept development is a knowledge-intensive activity and plays a critical role in product design since it significantly affects the success of a product in the market but with a considerable low cost. Because of rapid change of product information and customer preferences, large-scale knowledge among Internet and requirement of machine-readable data, abundant well-represented knowledge is required to support the design tasks in concept development. Though many related works knowledge representation and reasoning have been studied, there still lacks a holistic review of the knowledge representation and reasoning methods which are appropriate for the concept development of product design. In this paper, the knowledge involved in the concept development of product design, knowledge representation methods and knowledge reasoning methods which are suitable to apply in this phase are discussed respectively. 38 related publications out of over a hundred reviewed ones are selected in this paper. This literature review lays the foundation for future research in the area of knowledge representation and reasoning in the concept development of product design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransdisciplinary Engineering Methods for Social Innovation of Industry 4.0
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 25th ISPE Inc. International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering
EditorsNel Wognum, Josip Stjepandic, Marcello Pellicciari, Cees Bil, Margherita Peruzzini
PublisherIOS Press BV
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781614994398
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event25th ISPE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering 2018 - Modena, Italy
Duration: 3 Jul 20186 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Transdisciplinary Engineering


Conference25th ISPE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering 2018


  • Concept development
  • Knowledge reasoning
  • Knowledge representation
  • Ontology
  • Product design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Software
  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Strategy and Management

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