Conceptual Design Using Evolutive-Cognitive Computing Techniques

by Donald E. Grierson, (M.ASCE), Univ of Waterloo, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


The paper concerns the development of a computer-based capability for conducting conceptual design using emergent(self-organizing) computing paradigms that arrive at a solution through simulated evolution and artificial learning. Specifically, a genetic algorithm is coupled with a neural network to create a computational model for conceptual design that relies directly on the experience and judgment of the designer to arrive at alternate best-concept solutions.

Subject Headings: Bridge design | Coupling | Computing in civil engineering | Computer models | Structural models | Algorithms | Conceptual design | Innovation

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