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NYSCEDII Projects in the NSF Center for e-Design

NYSCEDII led the effort to make the University at Buffalo a member of the NSF Center for e-Design. The center is a part of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) Program which provides a mechanism for multiple industry and university partners to collaborate on industry defined research projects, network with practioners and academics with common interests and challenges, and access NSF funding sources more easily.

The Center for e-Design is focused on research that leads to the deveolpment of new design paradigms and electronic design tools that assist in generating high quality products and systems at a reduced cost while also reducing the time associated with designing complex engineered products and systems.

Projects that fit within the mission of the center can involve any faculty from the University at Buffalo - to learn more about becoming a member visit the UB e-Design site. This page higlights projects that involve NYSCEDII staff and students and our e-Design industry members. Full details of project methods and results are only available to e-Design industry members

A pilot study to explore fidelity options for simulators in young driver training This research work intends to develop a virtual training environment utilizing existing hardware/software at NYSCEDII for teenage high school students (grades 9-12) who have no prior driving experience. The primary design focus is to compare appropriate levels of fidelity needed to recreate a relevant, engaging and developmentally appropriate driving education system and environment.

Industrial partner: Moog, Inc.

Developing flexible engineering design automation services The development of design automation and knowledge-based engineering approaches is an active area of research.  The industrial application of lessons learned from research in engineering design automation presents challenges not typically encountered in the realm of academic research.  Implementations of design automation in industry can often start when Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) create small helper files or applications to make them more efficient in their work tasks.  This approach to design automation can evolve into a set of embedded design applications that provide engineers with a capability to rapidly generate component geometry files.

These applications can be developed within programs like NX and Microsoft Excel using platform specific toolsets that are based on the assumption of a single user accessing the application at any one time.  As a result, the lower initial development overhead comes at the price of a largely fixed  environment that can be difficult to update or scale to adapt to changes in the design environment.

This project proposes to explore the impact that changing the paradigm for design automation routines has on flexibility and long term adoption.  The project will define a set of interfaces that can encapsulate design automation services, making them less sensitive to the internal changes of a particular CAD system.  The project will also develop an approach that could be used to maintain documentation to promote consistency in design (i.e., standard work process) and update design automation tasks.

Industrial partner: Dresser-Rand

Development of an e-Enabled new product development process This project is focused on establishing an electronic New Product Development (e-NPD) process to enable simultaneous achievement of product quality, process efficiency, and market innovations. This process should build on existing practice in effective integration of IT tools which enable transparent, agile product development practice and long term knowledge capture and reuse. Other objectives include: (i) minimizing process overhead represented in storing and sharing information, (ii) distinguishing between R&D and market-driven product development projects, (iii) developing metrics to drive product development decisions and assessments, and (iv) identification of opportunities for applications that operationalize advanced design theory and practice.

Industrial partner: Cameron







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