Function in engineering: Benchmarking representations and models

Joshua David Summers, Claudia Eckert, Ashok Goel

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This paper presents the requirements and needs to establish a benchmarking protocol for systematic comparison of different function modeling representations. This benchmarking protocol includes representation characteristics, supported cognitive dimensions, and enabled reasoning activities. Problem types are also defined as: reverse engineering, familiar products, novel products, and single-component systems. It is recommended that researchers and developers of function modeling representations work together to define a canonically acceptable set of benchmark tests and evaluations so that clear benefits and weaknesses for the disparate collection of approaches can be compared. This paper is written as a call to action for the research community to begin to look at establishing a benchmarking standard protocol for function modeling comparison purposes. This protocol should be refined with input from developers of the competing approaches in an academically open environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design
Subtitle of host publicationDesign for Harmonies, ICED 2013
Number of pages10
Volume2 DS75-02
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event19th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2013 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 19 Aug 201322 Aug 2013


Conference19th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2013
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Function
  • Function modeling
  • Reasoning
  • Representation


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