Causal Descriptions and Collaborative Physical Design

G. C. Borchardt

In the design of physical artifacts, written causal descriptions serve as an important medium for communication among members of a design team. This paper describes recent research in getting programs to read a~d reason on the basis of such descriptions and explores the use of this technology in constructing programs that support collaborative design by (1) cataloging and comparing alternate specifications of physical behavior relating to a designed artifact, and (2) managing exchange of written causal descriptions among members of a design team.


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