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Virtual Organization for Innovative Conceptual Engineering Design
) is a virtual
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organization that promotes innovation in engineering design. This project is the collaborative work of researchers at five universities across the United States
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, and is funded by the National Science Foundation
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. The goal of this virtual organization is to facilitate the sharing of design information between often geographically dispersed engineers and designers through the use of a robust and sophisticated design repository. Additionally, functional data can be mapped to historical failure data and possible components to create a conceptual design.
The end goal is to turn VOICED into a tool that allows engineers to create conceptual designs based on archived designs and detect failures in those design through an open design repository (Tumer & Stone, n.d.). VOICED is a fairly new organization, being about 3–4 years old, however the concepts that underlie the organization have been under development for much longer.
- Oregon State University
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- Missouri University of Science and Technology
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(team has moved to Oregon State)
- Penn State
- University of Texas
- Texas A&M University
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Collaborative Research: VOICED - A Virtual Organization for Innovative Conceptual Engineering Design
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for hardware", see also open source hardware
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