Communicating knowledge: Making embedded configuration work

Gudmundur Valur Oddsson, Lars Hvam

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    A lot of systems are assembled from near-independent mechatronic subsystems that have to be configured to match each other. An example of such systems are e.g. home entertainment systems, where TV, DVD and Receiver are matched to form an overall system, and compilation of pumps and controllers to form fresh water supply systems. Sometimes an external knowledge system keeps track of how each subsystem has to be configured, but the actual configuration is often done manually. Installing and maintaining those kinds of systems can be a tedious task and often requires repetitive labour. The idea is to “split-up” the product knowledge and encapsulate it into each subsystem. Then, when the subsystems are assembled, the configuration of each subsystem can either be done automatically or with minimum input. The concept could be called: embedded configuration. This article will try to connect three aspects of making distributed knowledge system, the encapsulation of product knowledge, its subsequent encoding into product models, and finally, the communication of knowledge between the subsystems. There are two main reasons for focusing on communication, namely the encapsulation of knowledge and the communication between machines. One has to identify the information needed from outside for each subsystem to work. That information should also aid in finding the “services” that the subsystem can offer the overall system. Communication between subsystems has to be made explicit. A protocol has to be in place to tell the subsystem how to share its inner workings and how to be able to participate in the overall system.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceeding of the International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED2007)
    Publication date2007
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    Event16th International Conference on Engineering Design - Paris, France
    Duration: 28 Aug 200731 Aug 2007
    Conference number: 16


    Conference16th International Conference on Engineering Design


    • Products models
    • Configuration
    • Knowledge Engineering


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