" It is clear that what is needed if the computer is to be of greater use in the creative process, is a more intimate and continuous interchange between man and machine. This interchange must be of such a nature that all forms of thought that are congenial to man, whether verbal, symbolic, numerical, or even graphical are also understood by the machine and are acted upon by the machine in ways that are appropriate to man’s purpose ".(Mann & Coons, 1963)
The CAD Centre was established in 1986 as a Faculty based research and postgraduate unit before merging with the Department of Design Manufacture and Engineering Management in 1989. The research aims of the Centre are to develop the computing technology which supports a creative design partnership between man and machine, and to deliver the underlying technology, techniques and approaches to industry.
The CAD Centre has a long term research strategy to develop a fully integrated computing environment which supports design and its management based upon fundamental understanding and theories. Working towards this goal in the mid-80’s they originated and developed a long term research strategy to realise a computer based Intelligent Design Assistant which would be managed within an Integrated Design Environment. This strategy has formed the basis of the CAD Centre’s research effort since its inception in the mid 80s.
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