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Knowledge-Based Schematics Drafting: Aesthetic Configuration as a Design Task

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Show simple item record Valdes-Perez, Raul E. 2008-04-15T13:54:02Z 2008-04-15T13:54:02Z 1987-01
dc.description.abstract Depicting an electrical circuit by a schematic is a tedious task that is a good candidate for automation. Programs that draft schematics with the usual algorithmic approach do not fully exploit knowledge of circuit function, relying mainly on the circuit topology. The extra-topological circuit characteristics are what an engineer uses to understand a schematic; human drafters take these characteristics into account when drawing a schematic. This document presents a knowledge base and an architecture for drafting arithmetic digital circuits having a single theme. The relevance and limitations of this architecture and knowledge base for other types of circuit are explored. It is argued that the task of schematics drafting is one of aesthetic design. The affect of aesthetic criteria on the program architecture is discussed. The circuit layout constraint language, the program's search regimen, and the backtracking scheme are highlighted and explained in detail. en
dc.description.sponsorship MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory en
dc.relation.ispartofseries MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Working Papers, WP-292 en
dc.title Knowledge-Based Schematics Drafting: Aesthetic Configuration as a Design Task en
dc.type Working Paper en

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