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Title: A knowledge based support tool for the early stages of electronic engineering design
Author: Scothern, Dean Grant Curtis
ISNI:       0000 0001 3557 1944
Awarding Body: Polytechnic South West
Current Institution: University of Plymouth
Date of Award: 1991
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A desire to produce a design support system for the early stages of electronic engineering design, has led to the conception of the Plymouth Engineer's Design Assistant (PEDA), pulling together experience from the three fields of computing, psychology and electronic engineering. The basic emphasis of this tool has been to use psychological techniques to analyze the cognitive aspects of designers in action and then make recommendations for design tool improvement. The results of the complementary psychological research, and other relevant literature are examined and potential avenues to realizing an improving design explored. A new idealized abstract representation of early electronic engineering is proposed, which is more in line witli the cognitive needs of designers, thus enabling the production of more capable design tools. The main points of the representation are discussed, and comparisons with other approaches and tools drawn. The abstract representation is then taken and used to form a specific implementation as the core to the PEDA tool. An overview of the PEDA tool is given, followed by a discussion regarding the important aspects of the implementation. Important issues and problems raised during the course of the research are discussed, together with suggestions for future work.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: University of Reading ; Plessey Semi-Conductors, Plymouth
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Computer-Aided Design