How We Do It

At the PROSE Lab, we view the designed world simply: the designed world consists of physical artifacts that have been combined to provide some functionality that satisfies some need. Design moves from need, to function, to form. Thus, by understanding the relationships between need, function, and form, we can create better design methods.

As examples, we have created formal lexicons for engineering function to better understand the role of function in design. We have created computational concept generation tools to improve the speed at which engineers can generate design concepts.

We have also produced biomimetic design repositories to enable engineers to explore biological solutions thus generating a solution space beyond their own training and experience. To better help designers evaluate these large spaces of concepts we have developed system modeling methodologies that connect function to form enabling rapid model generation and reuse.

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