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Combining Deep Learning with Knowledge Graph for Design Knowledge Acquisition in Conceptual Product Design

Yuexin Huang1,2, Suihuai Yu1, Jianjie Chu1,*, Zhaojing Su1,3, Yangfan Cong1, Hanyu Wang1, Hao Fan4

1 Key Laboratory of Industrial Design and Ergonomics, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, 710072, China
2 School of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, 2628 CE, The Netherlands
3 Department of Industrial Design, College of Arts, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Tsingtao, 266590, China
4 College of Computer Science and Technology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310027, China

* Corresponding Author: Jianjie Chu. Email:

Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences 2024, 138(1), 167-200.


The acquisition of valuable design knowledge from massive fragmentary data is challenging for designers in conceptual product design. This study proposes a novel method for acquiring design knowledge by combining deep learning with knowledge graph. Specifically, the design knowledge acquisition method utilises the knowledge extraction model to extract design-related entities and relations from fragmentary data, and further constructs the knowledge graph to support design knowledge acquisition for conceptual product design. Moreover, the knowledge extraction model introduces ALBERT to solve memory limitation and communication overhead in the entity extraction module, and uses multi-granularity information to overcome segmentation errors and polysemy ambiguity in the relation extraction module. Experimental comparison verified the effectiveness and accuracy of the proposed knowledge extraction model. The case study demonstrated the feasibility of the knowledge graph construction with real fragmentary porcelain data and showed the capability to provide designers with interconnected and visualised design knowledge.


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Huang, Y., Yu, S., Chu, J., Su, Z., Cong, Y. et al. (2024). Combining Deep Learning with Knowledge Graph for Design Knowledge Acquisition in Conceptual Product Design. CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, 138(1), 167–200.

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