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Natural Language Problem Definition for Computer-Aided Mechanical Design

Hyunmin Cheong, Wei Li, Li Shu, Alex Tessier, Erin Bradner, Francesco Iorio

ACM SIGCHI Workshop
2014

Abstract

This paper presents our research approach and challenges in designing natural language interaction for a mechanical computer-aided design (CAD) system. We intend to use natural language input, ideally speech, as one method for capturing design problem definition from designers. Based on the problem definition, a new type of CAD system could explore a set of geometries that solves the problem. Our approach involves solving a natural language understanding problem: translating problem definition statements into a formal language that can be used for our exploration procedures.

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