Model based abduction in design

Lauri Koskela, Ehud Kroll

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In prior literature, design abduction has been conceived in sentential
(propositional) terms. The aim in this presentation is to explore the significance
of internal mental models and images, and their external projections,
in design abduction. Seminal and current literatures on model-based reasoning
in cognitive psychology and philosophy of science are reviewed. A
retrospective case study on the invention of the airplane by the Wright
brothers reveals that most occurrences of design abduction were modelbased.
Conclusions and reflections flowing from the findings are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Computing and Cognition '18
EditorsJohn S. Gero
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030053635
ISBN (Print)9783030053628
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2019
Event8th International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition: Bringing Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science and Computational Theories to Design Research - Politecnico di Milano, Lecco, Italy
Duration: 2 Jul 20184 Jul 2018
Conference number: 8 (Link to Conference Website)


Conference8th International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition
Abbreviated titleDCC'18
Internet address


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