Monthly Archives: December 2012

Christian, B. The Most Human Human: What talking with computers teaches us about what it means to be alive (2011)

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Christian’s book is a story (almost a diary) about participating to the annual Loebner Prize Competition as a human confederate. Loebner prize competition is basically a Turing test competition where chatbots compete agains each other and the winner is declared … Continue reading

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Ewenstein and Whyte (2009) Knowledge Practices in Design: The Role of Visual Representations as Epistemic Objects

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The starting point for the paper is the fact that the more objects are studied the more diffuse they become. Boundary objects are studied but their representational capacity is only discussed on a general level. Object’s effectiveness is defined by … Continue reading

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Hales, C. (2000). Ten Critical Factors in the Design Process. ASME, Strongsville, Ohio, May 23 – 24.

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Paper lists ten critical factors in the design process: defining the problem, a working design team, the right tools for the job, communicating effectively, getting the concept right, keeping it simple, making the functions clear, tackling safety, selecting material and … Continue reading

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Tenopir, C. and King, D. W. (2004) The engineering profession and communication, chapter 4 in Communication Patterns of Engineers, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, USA

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The chapter starts with a statement that typically engineers need more information than they generate. Interesting is that in previous chapter it was stated that the engineers spend more time outputting information than inputting it. It is also stated in … Continue reading

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Tenopir, C. and King, D. W. (2004) A communications framework for engineers, chapter 3 in Communication Patterns of Engineers, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, USA

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Tenopir and King present a short literature review on engineering communication channels. Engineers spend more time “outputting” information than “inputting” information. In fact, the literature review shows that engineers spend more than half of their time communicating. Based on the … Continue reading

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Betz, M. (2010) The Secret Life of Machines -Boundary Objects in Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, Pervasive Computing 2010, Lecture notes in Computer Science, vol 6030, pp. 174-191

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I found this paper to be interesting since it tackles the same challenges that we have studied: boundary objects in maintenance. The data for this paper was collected with observations, which is the same method we have used. Our work … Continue reading

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Fraemling et al. (2007) Design Patterns for product life cycle information, Communications of the ACM, 50(6), pp.75-79

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This paper list some of the basic challenges of product life cycle management. It also presents a technical solution for it, but that is not in my focus. Hence, I list the basic challenges. Product life cycle management demands that … Continue reading

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