Knowledge Management Group
Capture, storage and retrieval of engineering knowledge
The Knowledge Management Group researches the role of engineering knowledge, and in particular design rationale, within ever-changing organisations. In particular, we are researching how the management of engineering knowledge and design rationale can add value to new products and services:
- by embedding methods for the capture of design rationale into design practice;
- by developing appropriate techniques for the long-term storage of design rationale;
- by understanding how the timely retrieval of design rationale impacts design practice.
Our research is driven by practice. We are working with Rolls-Royce and have built a strong track record for developing and delivering tools into practice within the organisation. Our work is based on a deep undertanding of how engineering knowledge is created and shared withing engineering teams.
We have two particular research strategies to ensure success not only in research, but also in changing practice: the use of observational studies in industry to obtain data and identify issues; and the rapid development, testing and integration of robust prototype software tools.
- Aylmer Johnson (Group Leader and Principal Investigator)
- Miying Yang (PhD student reseaching sustainable engineering)
- Shuai Zhang (MPhil student researching knowledge retrieval)