Exploring Knowledge Transfer in a Society of Designers

DS 58-8: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 8, Design Information and Knowledge, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Gómez de Silva Garza, Andrés; Gero, John S.
Series: ICED
Section: Design Information and Knowledge
Page(s): 99-110


This paper presents an approach to understanding designing that includes societal effects. We use a multi-agent system to simulate the interactions between two types of agents, those that produce designs and those that receive the designs proposed by the producers. Interactions occur when receiver agents give their opinion to the producers on the designs they produced. Based on this information some producers may choose to adopt knowledge from other producers and some receivers may choose to adopt knowledge from other receivers. As a result of this exchange of knowledge global behaviors emerge in the society of agents. We provide the results of preliminary experiments with the model in which we measure variations in the producers' successes, which allows us to observe and analyze some of these emergent behaviors under different knowledge transfer scenarios.

Keywords: Society of designers, computational model, situated design cognition


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