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Engineering research center launches Asia Society

STANFORD -- More than 60 representatives of Japanese and Korean design and construction firms gathered March 26 in Tokyo for the first meeting of the Asia Society of Stanford University's Center for Integrated Facility Engineering.

Civil engineering Profs. Paul Teicholz and Raymond Levitt, the center's director and associate director, respectively, described research and uses of computer technology for design, construction and management of facilities.

Yasuo Endo of the Information Management Center of Takenaka Corp. and Shigeo Kurosawa, director of overseas civil engineering for the Obayashi Corp., also spoke on how computer technology is affecting the engineering profession.

The Japanese companies they represent are affiliates of the Stanford research center and have sent visiting fellows to campus. The Center for Integrated Facility Engineering has 32 affiliates that contribute approximately $1.5 million to interdisciplinary research. That research focuses on advanced computer techniques to integrate decision-making during the planning, design, construction and operation of structures.

Among the research discussed was a project by Teicholz and Prof. Michael Genesereth of computer science to integrate and automate building design. Another was a project to share artificial intelligence models across linked computer-aided-design stations and databases. The application of the latter technology to a small building project will be attempted by center researchers in the coming year.

The Asia Society, which will hold a second meeting next year, was created to allow the center to share its research with the Asian community, Teicholz said.



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