In engineering design, establishing functional requirements (FRs) based on customer needs (CNs) is critical to ensure the success of a product. However, it may take a lot of time for a designer to state functional requirements explicitly. To overcome this difficulty, the authors have proposed a method to interpret design intention in accordance with the axiomatic design (AD) framework by applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques on patents. The goal of the proposed method is to provide functional requirements and design parameters that are automatically extracted for designers. Although the initial result shows that the method is dependent on the writing style used in a patent, this fresh attempt demonstrates the feasibility of automatically interpreting design intention.

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