Dominic: A Domain-Independent Program for Mechanical Engineering Design

Adele E. Howe, Paul R. Cohen, John R. Dixon, Melvin K. Simmons

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We describe an Artificial Intelligence (AI) program for mechanical engineering design. The program, called Dominic, characterizes design as best-first search through a space of possible designs. Dominic is a general architecture for a class of mechanical engineering design problems; within its redesign framework, in which a design is iteratively modified and improved, one can design a variety of mechanical devices. Dominic's performance on two design problems is evaluated, and a battery of experiments with Dominic is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-28
Number of pages6
JournalArtificial Intelligence in Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1986
Externally publishedYes


  • knowledge-based systems
  • mechanical engineering design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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