A semantic and shape grammar based approach for product design

Shih Wen Hsiao, Ching Hai Chen

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A semantic recognition and rule-oriented approach for developing a product design is proposed. The development of an office chair is used to describe the design procedures. A number of referential products are used to quantify partial correlation coefficients, which represent individual contributions of constituent components to the impression of a whole product with respect to an image, by using the 'quantification theory type I' and 'semantic differential method'. The results are then built as an image database. A computer program is constructed by integrating the techniques of constructing B-splines, shape grammars and fuzzy operations to provide a CAD environment in which 3D basic models of a product can be constructed by starting with inputting an image word(s) and the corresponding membership functions for describing the image of the required product. After a basic product model has been constructed, new product forms can further be generated by regulating the shapes of the component(s) using shape rule(s).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-296
Number of pages22
JournalDesign Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Architecture
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Engineering
  • General Social Sciences
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence


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