Friday, November 23, 2012
Paper: A visual language for the collaborative visualization of integrated conceptual models in product development scenarios
Just had a paper "A visual language for the collaborative visualization of integrated conceptual models in product development scenarios" accepted for CIRP Design 2013. This paper is a part of a collaboration with Johhanes Herter and Jivka Ovtcharova at the IMI, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where I have been on exchange for the last three weeks.
Abstract: In various industrial and scientific fields, conceptual models are derived from real world problem spaces to understand and communicate containing entities and coherencies. Abstracted models mirror the common understanding and information demand of engineers, who apply conceptual models for performing their daily tasks. However, most standardized models in Process Management, Product Lifecycle Management and Enterprise Resource Planning lack of a scientific foundation for their notation. In collaboration scenarios with stakeholders from several disciplines, tailored conceptual models complicate communication processes, as a common understanding is not shared or implemented in specific models. To support direct communication between experts from several disciplines, a visual language is developed which allows a common visualization of discipline-specific conceptual models. For visual discrimination and to overcome visual complexity issues, conceptual models are arranged in a three-dimensional space. The visual language introduced here follows and extends established principles of Visual Language science.