I2QFD: A blackboard-based multiagent system for supporting concurrent engineering projects

Hsing Pei Kao, Eric Su, Brian Wang

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Although Concurrent Engineering has been accredited as a superior approach to product development, its intrinsic complexity in coordinating the multidisciplinary project team is further augmented when team members are remotely distributely distributed. Assuming the teamwork is supported by an Intranet, this paper proposes the framework of a blackboard-based multiagent system, called I2QFD, to facilitate the communication and coordination of the design projects. Configured within a hierarchical structure, this system is defined with IDEF0 and high-level Petri nets to depict the operations of Intelligent Agencies and their affiliated agents. Based on temporal logic, the operation of the project team with I2QFD is simulated to manifest the dynamics of the design process as well as to generate the project's schedule that ensures the intended concurrency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1235-1262
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - 20 Mar 2002


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