Ontology Modeling for Intelligent Computer-Aided Design of Apparel Products
Yu Zhao*,**, Feng Dai**, Madan M. Gupta***, and Wenjun Zhang*,**,***,†
*School of Mechanical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology
130 Meilong Rd, Xuhui, Shanghai 200237, China
**Division of Biomedical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
***Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
This paper presents a study developing a model of the ontology of an apparel product and the design thereof. Here, “ontology” means the concepts and relationships between them for apparel and apparel design; ontology models are also called conceptual models. To the best of our knowledge, such a model has not yet been made in the literature of apparel and apparel design. A conceptual model is a foundation for (1) effective human-human communication and collaboration, (2) facilitating the communication among different computer programs for computer-aided design (CAD) of apparel products, and (3) facilitating human-computer interactions necessary to design an apparel product. The conceptual model developed completely captures the semantics of apparel and design, including the 2D pattern and 3D apparel product. An example is presented, providing an impression of the usefulness of this model.
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