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A Framework for Rapid Development of Advanced Web-based Configurator Applications

Summary: A Framework for Rapid Development of Advanced
Web-based Configurator Applications
Liliana Ardissono½, Alexander Felfernig¾, Gerhard Friedrich¾,
Dietmar Jannach¾, Ralph Sch¨afer¿, Markus Zanker¾
Abstract. For the last two decades product configurators relying on
Artificial Intelligence techniques have been successfully applied in
industrial environments. These systems support the configuration of
complex products and services in shorter time with fewer errors and
therefore reduce costs of a mass-customization business model. The
EU-funded CAWICOMS project aims at the next generation of Web-
based configurator applications that cope with the new challenges of
today's open, networked economy: this includes the support for het-
erogeneous user groups in an open market environment as well as the
integration of configurable sub-products provisioned by specialized
This paper describes the CAWICOMS Workbench for the devel-
opment of configurator applications that support both adaptive and
personalized user interaction as well as distributed configuration of
products in a supply chain. The developed tools and techniques rely
on a harmonized knowledge representation and knowledge acqui-


Source: Ardissono, Liliana - Dipartimento di Informatica, Università di Torino
Jannach, Dietmar - Fakultät für Informatik, Technische Universität Dortmund


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences