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Case-based Reasoning for Evolutionary MEMS Design
Corie L. Cobb1
and Alice M. Agogino2
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley
6102 Etcheverry Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-1740
A knowledge-based computer-aided design tool for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
design synthesis called CaSyn-MEMS (Case-based Synthesis of MEMS) has been developed.
MEMS-based technologies have the potential to revolutionize many consumer products and
create new market opportunities in areas such as biotechnology, aerospace, and data
communications. However, the commercialization of MEMS still faces many challenges due to
a lack of efficient computer-aided design tools that can assist designers during the early
conceptual phases of the design process. CaSyn-MEMS combines a case-based reasoning
(CBR) algorithm and a MEMS case library with parametric optimization and a multi-objective
genetic algorithm (MOGA) to synthesize new MEMS design topologies that meet or improve
upon a designer's specifications.