Towards a Formal Representation Model of Problem Formulation in Design

Mahmoud Dinar, Jami Shah, Glen Hunt, Ellen Campana, Pat Langley
2011 Volume 9: 23rd International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology; 16th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference   unpublished
A battery of tests for assessing a number of cognitive skills relevant to conceptual design is being developed. Tests on divergent thinking (DT), visual thinking (VT), and qualitative reasoning (QR) are fully developed and validated. This paper focuses on the development of a test on the problem formulation (PF) skill. Indicators of problem formulation are identified and categorized as: insight, setting priorities, expanding, bounding, and structuring the design space. Unlike the previous tests
more » ... which were developed and taken solely on pen and paper, this test can be developed with Problem Maps-data that is collected with the web-based Problem Formulator tool. A set of metrics for measuring skill levels are proposed with respect to which a class of graduate students have been graded. Candidate test items are discussed based on a number of design tasks which have been given to the students.
doi:10.1115/detc2011-48396 fatcat:m7lwyctz7rbt5c4lbknin4nzpq