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Editor: Julie Linsey, Maria Yang, and Yukari Nagai
Author: Genhua Wang, Yimin Deng and Changwu Zou
It is of great practical value to design the adaptable-function products. The research of
this kind of products is still lacking. Based on a study of the behavioral process characteristics of
the mechatronic products, this paper categorizes behavioral process into foundation
behavioral process and teleological behavioral process, and as such, points out the fact that it
is due to the similarity of foundation behavioral processes that makes it feasible to redesign
existing products for adaptable functions. To this end, a quantitative method is proposed for
the evaluation of similarity of the physical structures. By extracting the structural
components with maximum similarity, it is able to identify the sharing components, as well as
to determine suitable products to be redesigned. Furthermore, it is noted that one of the most
essential problems to be tackled in this kind of redesign is to design the interface between the
sharing and non-sharing components. Two types of methods are proposed to address this
problem. Finally, a case study of redesigning two mechatronic products for an adaptablefunction
product is also presented to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed methodologies.
NEW DEADLINE- Full paper submission: 22nd April, 2016 Design creativity is an important and interesting topic of study in design. Since it involves the profound and essential nature of design, design creativity is expected to be a key in not only addressing the social problems that we are facing, but also producing an innate appreciation for beauty and happiness in our minds. In order to elucidate the nature of design creativity, the following issues are being studied: cognitive processes underlying...
The objective of SIG - Design Creativity is to study creativity in design. We have not sufficiently clarified creativity, especially in the context of design, although it is a very interesting characteristic in the thinking process of humans. This research discusses creativity in design instead of trying to identify its standard characteristics. That is, it tries to answer the question “What is design?” from the viewpoint of creativity, for two perspectives. First, this SIG discusses the characteristics...