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Georgiev, G. V., & Georgiev, D. D. (2020). SEMANTIC ANALYSIS OF ENGINEERING DESIGN CONVERSATIONS. Proceedings of the Design Society: DESIGN Conference, 1, 1265–1274.

Semantic analysis of engineering design conversations

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Author: Georgiev, G. V.1; Georgiev, D. D.2
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
2Institute for Advanced Study, Varna, Bulgaria
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Cambridge University Press, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-09-22


To objectively and quantitatively study transcribed protocols of design conversations, we apply a semantic analysis approach based on dynamic semantic networks of nouns. We examined the applicability of the approach focused on a dynamic evaluation of the design problem solving process in engineering design educational settings. Using a case of real-world case, we show that the approach is able to determine the time dynamics of semantic factors such as level of abstraction, polysemy, information content, and quantify convergence/divergence in engineering design conversations.

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Series: Proceedings of the Design Society. DESIGN Conference
ISSN: 2633-7762
ISSN-E: 2633-7762
ISSN-L: 2633-7762
Pages: 1265 - 1274
DOI: 10.1017/dsd.2020.294
Host publication: Proceedings of the Design Society: DESIGN Conference. Part of innovation, information and knowledge
Host publication editor: Marjanović, D.
Štorga, M.
Škec, S.
Bojčetić, N.
Pavković, N.
Conference: DESIGN Conference
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
222 Other engineering and technologies
119 Other natural sciences
616 Other humanities
516 Educational sciences
Funding: This research has been partially financially supported by Academy of Finland 6Genesis Flagship (grant 318927).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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