|SUBJECT:||M.S. Thesis Presentation|
|TIME:||Monday, April 7, 2014, 9:00 a.m.|
|PLACE:||MRDC Building, 4401|
|TITLE:||Surveying Trends in Analogy-Inspired Product Innovation|
|COMMITTEE:||Dr. Julie Linsey, Chair (ME)
Dr. Ashok Goel (IC)
Dr. Bert Bras (ME)
Analogies play a well-noted role in innovative design. Analogical reasoning is central to the practices of design-by-analogy and bio-inspired design. In both, analogies are used to derive abstracted principles from prior examples to generate new design solutions. While numerous laboratory and classroom studies of analogy usage have been published, relatively few studies have systematically examined real-world design-by-analogy to describe its characteristics and impacts. To better teach design-by-analogy and develop support tools for engineers, specific insights are needed regarding, for example, what types of product advantages are gained through design-by-analogy and how different design process characteristics influence its outcomes.