Revisiting the divide and conquer strategy to deal with complexity in product design

Magdalena K. Chmarra, Andres A. Alvarez Cabrera, Thom van Beek, Valentina D'Amelio, Mustafa S. Erden, Tetsuo Tomiyama

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Development of modern products is complex and exceeds the comprehension of a single engineer, who cannot understand every detail of a product. Some of the current approaches to deal with the complex product design are based on the "divide-and-conquer" (D&C) approach. Those approaches in their present form, however, reveal shortcomings in many multidisciplinary problems. This paper gives an overview on cut-rent D&C approaches to deal with complex products. It also presents the general philosophy of the work carried out in the Intelligent Mechanical Systems (IMS) group toward developing tools and methods for improvement of complex product development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechtronic and Embedded Systems and Applications, 2008. MESA 2008.
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-2367-5
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventIEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications - Beijing, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Oct 200815 Oct 2008


ConferenceIEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications
CountryUnited Kingdom



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