Engineering Design through Constraint-Based Reasoning

AI Magazine

My dissertation concerns the application of constraint-based reasoning to parametric engineering design (Murtagh 1991).1 It deals with the practical application of constraint networks, using automated reasoning to overcome some of the blind spots in conventional iterative design.


Youth Discover Drones In Engineering Design Challenge

NPR Technology

Youth from 4-H clubs, groups and school programs across the country gathered in Washington, D.C., to participate in "Drone Discovery." Young people are comfortable with the remote flying devices and expect them to be a big part of their future.


Creating a Scientific Community at the Interface Between Engineering Design and AI

AI Magazine

On January 13-14, 1990, a workshop organized by EDRC was held to discuss the topic of creating a scientific community at the interface between engineering design and AI, in order to identify problems and methods in the area that would facilitate the transfer and reuse of results. This report summarizes the workshop and follow-up sessions and identifies major trends in the field.


Expert Critics in Engineering Design: Lessons Learned and Research Needs

AI Magazine

The domain of engineering design is much harder than other domains, and errors are more likely to arise and remain undetected until it is too late to do something about them. One way to reduce these errors is to introduce the use of expert critics into the designer's electronic support environment. Critics are a promising approach for organizing a next-generation design support environment (DSE). Unfortunately, expert-critiquing theory offers inaccurate but widely followed guidance for helping builders create usable critic programs.


How Many Rocket Scientists Does It Take To Design A Comfortable Stiletto Heel?

Popular Science

Dolly Singh is trying to change that. As SpaceX's former director of recruiting, Dolly Singh had a problem: "My high heels f***ing sucked." She would walk up to 4 miles a day in the unforgiving shoes, and couldn't find a fashionable alternative. "There's been no innovation within the high-heel market in almost a century," says Singh. She founded Thesis Couture--staffing it with a rocket scientist, an astronaut, and a mechanical engineer--and set out to design a stiletto that was not only comfortable, but would also better absorb shock, offer extra arch support, and distribute body weight more evenly across the foot.