A new category of tools known as CAI (computer-aided innovation) is an emerging domain in the array of computer-aided technologies. CAI has been growing as a response to greater industry demands for reliability in new products. Some initial CAI ideas and concepts focused on assisting product designers in the early stage of the design process, but now a more comprehensive vision conceives CAI systems as beginning at the fuzzy front end of perceiving business opportunities and customer demands, then continuing during the creative stage in developing inventions and, further on, providing help up to the point of turning inventions into successful innovations in the marketplace. CAI methods and tools are partially inspired by Innovation Theories, such as TRIZ, QFD (Quality Function Development), Axiomatic Design, Synectics, General Theory of Innovation, Mind Mapping, Brain Storming, Lateral Thinking, and Kansei Engineering, among others. The goal of these new CAI tools under development is to assist innovators, inventors, designers, process developers and managers in their creative performance, with the expectation of changes in paradigms through the use of this new category of software tools. CAI, therefore, stands out as a departure from the usual trends. The latest approaches are presented and analyzed to derive conclusions regarding the present status and the future of these emerging tools.
✔ To contribute to identify the underlying scientific foundation of Computer Aided Innovation and also to evaluate their effectiveness and efficiency.
✔ To identify the state of the art and trends of Computer Aided Innovation Software and its tools and methods by discussing organizational, technological and cognitive aspects of the application of CAI methods and tools.
✔ To promote the development of Computer Aided Innovation Software focusing on end-to-end product creation process with methods and tools to ensure the feasibility and success of innovations.
✔ To address the main motivations of the industrial sector, regarding the engineering innovation activity with computer tools and methods.
✔ To address the main motivations of the academic community regarding theoretical foundations of computer aided innovation.
✔ The Working Group will promote regular working conferences, seminars and workshops on Computer Aided Innovation calling for contributions for clarifying the role of computer aided innovation tools.
✔ The Working Group will focus in connecting together managers, engineers, scientists and academics interested in pushing forward the development of this new kind of tools and methods.
✔ The Working Group will promote that the best papers presented at its conferences, seminars and workshops will be further developed and enhanced for being published in selected journals with high impact.