Jonathan Cagan, George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Engineering Professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Mechanical Engineering, will speak at 12 p.m. October 5 at Penn State's Stuckeman Family Building. His visit marks the second talk in the Penn State Department of Architecture "Who Owns Design?" Lecture Series.
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Nadadur, G. and Parkinson, M. B. (2012). A utility theory-based approach to reducing raw material usage in non-adjustable artifacts, tasks, and environments. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation. 41(1): 6031-6038.
In order to accommodate the desired percentage of the target users of a product, decisions must be made to ensure that the design satisfies performance requirements such as user safety, comfort, and ease of use. The marketing concept of “utility theory” is one approach to quantifying the effects of design decisions. It is leveraged in this study to develop a design evaluation approach that considers: a) factors that may be either design-related (design specifications) or [ read more ]