Track 22-Collaborative Design in Knowledge-based Environment

I.  General Information

Today, collaborative design is carried out not only among multidisciplinary product development teams within a company, but also across the boundaries of companies and time zones, with increased numbers of customers and suppliers involved in the process. Accomplishing a design task and delivering the results to manufacturing involves huge and complex information. Meanwhile, a potential problem remains between design and manufacturing, which mainly lies on the geometric shape of products. Since the existing CAD/CAM/CAE technologies mostly govern independent authoring tools in different languages and formats, this condition creates incompatibility and has significant impact to the product costs.

Currently, advances in IT have enabled designers and engineers to do real-time effective communication, collaboration, acquisition, and exchange of design resources during the product development. Knowledge-based collaborative design has become a new paradigm for product development. Design collaboration requires a higher sense of working together in order to achieve a holistic creative result. In a knowledge-based environment, a well-integrated system enables designers and engineers to rapidly construct performance models of complex designs that can provide advantages for both better design understanding as well as a tool to evaluate, optimize, and select optimum designs. Furthermore, the use of semantic web services has facilitated the collaborative development of analytical system models that enables to predict the required product properties and evaluate alternative solutions prior to prototyping, in order to meet the defined design objectives.

II.  Topics

The topics cover all aspects of “Collaborative Design” and their applications including, but not limited to:
•Architecture of product data communication systems
•CAD kernels management in active semantic network
•Computer supported collaborative design (CSCD)
•Conflict management in collaborative design
•Design of product data repository and retrieval systems
•Distributed design network based on cloud computing
•Intelligent collaborative design
•Modular and multi-agent collaborative design
•Ontology-based design evaluation and optimization
•Product data communication in active semantic network
•Reusable design components in knowledge-based environment
•Semantic Web service for collaborative design
•Tracking of design changes in collaborative design
•Web-based collaborative design

III.  Submission Procedure

1.  Please submit a full paper for consideration. All accepted papers will be published in the WICT 2011 proceedings.

2.  Submitted papers should be original and contain contributions of theoretical, experimental or application nature, or be unique experience reports.

3.  Papers must be submitted within the stipulated schedule (June 01, 2011) and electronic submission in PDF is required. The page limit for a full-length paper is 6 pages. Short papers describing novel research visions, work-in-progress or less mature results are also welcome, with the limit of paper length is 4 pages.

4.  All submissions should be in the IEEE 8.5 two-column format. Abstract should contain up to 5 keywords. Papers will be evaluated for originality, significance, clarity, and soundness, and will be reviewed by at least three independent reviewers.

5.  Papers less than 4 pages will not be reviewed and might be rejected outright.

6.  Submission should be done through the official congress site:

IV.  Review Process

All papers submitted to this congress will be double-blind peer reviewed by at least two members of the International Program Committee and related technical committees. Acceptance will be based primarily on originality, significance, technical soundness, presentation, and references. The special session organizers make the final decision on the acceptance or rejection of the paper.

More Information about the WICT 2011 can be found in the following link:

For inquiries please contact the session organizers.

Special Session Organizers:

Dr. Bernadetta Kwintiana Ane
Universitaet Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany