Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Mobile collaborative working environment of product design
Author: Zheng, Yongjun
ISNI:       0000 0004 2682 9829
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2009
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Access from Institution:
In response to the arrival of new Web/Internet environments, one of the most attractive challenges in current research is to exploit wireless computing technologies in collaborative product design, and hence to build a ubiquitous mobile information system to enable the collaborative product design within a mobile environment. However, the literature review reveals that although the progress of mobile technologies on wireless networks has largely changed the way people access the Internet; little has been achieved in mobile computing for collaborative product design. The reason is that, due to the distinct features of mobile devices and wireless networks (such as small display screen, limited bandwidth, unreliability of wireless networks, etc.), the methodologies and technologies used in stationary networks are not always applicable to mobile systems. The aim of this research is to establish a Wireless Internet-based Collaborative Working Environment for product design through the combination of multiple technologies, by including: Web services, Parametric Design, the Semantic Web, Agent and Flex Technologies. In order to create, deploy, and manage the distributed resources, Web service is used to implement design resource integration in a platform-independent manner. In addition, Semantic Web Technology is used to create a general knowledge base. This approach includes two components: (1) ontology is used to represent abstract views of product data and (2) added semantic rules are also used to represent relationships among product data. Therefore, an ontology-based description model is thus proposed to facilitate expression and organisation of product information in order to manage and deploy the distributed design resources. This research presents a mobile agent system for collaborative design, supporting the construction of mobile agents which can migrate and access the distributed design resources. After that, in order to resolve the Mobile Platform Compatibility problem, this research presents the most recent Flex technology to enable the mobile applications to be implemented on the different mobile devices; furthermore, with the support of combined Flex technology and Web service, remote users are able to invoke a large-scale computing program via mobile Web browser. The combination of all these technologies provides the cornerstone and effective support in building scalable, extensible interactive mobile systems for collaborative design, as illustrated and demonstrated in this thesis.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available