Abstract

Custom software development and maintenance is one of the key expenses associated with developing automated systems for mass customization. This paper presents a method for reducing the risk associated with this expense by developing a flexible environment for determining and executing dynamic workflow paths. Strategies for developing an autonomous agent-based framework and for identifying and creating web services for specific process tasks are presented. The proposed methods are outlined in two different case studies to illustrate the approach for both a generic process with complex workflow paths and a more specific sequential engineering process.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Mechanical Engineering

Rights

http://lib.byu.edu/about/copyright/

Date Submitted

2006-12-07

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd1647

Keywords

web services, semantic web, ontology, multi-agent systems, autonomous agents, mass customization, product development, CAD, CAx, product design generator, PDG, workflow execution, process improvement

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