NETSYN: Neural Network-based Support for Synthesis

by Nanad Ivezic, Carnegie Mellon Univ, United States,
James H. Garrett, Jr., Carnegie Mellon Univ, United States,

Abstract: Our goal in applying machine learning for synthesis is to develop a tool that assists in acquiring the relationships between form, function, and behavior properties that can be used to more directly determine form attributes that satisfy design requirements. The proposed approach to synthesis knowledge acquisition described in this paper, called NETSYN, creates a function to estimate the probability of each possible value of each design property appearing in a given design context. NETSYN uses a connectionist learning approach to acquire and represent this probability estimation function. This paper presents the NETSYN approach for synthesis knowledge acquisition and an example of its ability to support engineering synthesis.

Subject Headings: Probability | Artificial intelligence | Equipment and machinery | Systems engineering

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