One of the most significant issues in applying case-based reasoning (CBR) to mechanical design is to integrate previously unrelated design plans towards the solution of a new design problem. The total design solution (the design plan structure) can be composed of both retrieved and dynamically generated design plans. The retrieved design plans must be mapped to fit the new design context, and the entire design plan structure must be evaluated. An architecture utilizing opportunistic problem solving in a blackboard environment is used to map and evaluate the design plan structure effectively and successfuly. The architecture has several assets when integrated into a CBR environment. First, the maximum amount of information related to the design is generated before any of the mapping problems are addressed. Second, mapping is preformed as just another action toward the evaluation of the design plan. Lastly, the architecture supports the inclusion of memory elements from the knowledge base in the design plan structure. The architecture is implemented using the GBB system. The architecture is part of a newly developed CBR System called DEJAVU. The paper describes DEJAVU and the architecture. An example is also included to illustrate the use of DEJAVU to solve engineering design problems.

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