Real and misconceived limitations to decision based design with utility analysis

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Decision based design shows great promise in improving the design process, but is not a panacea. The design problem of interest here is tradeoffs between conflicting objectives, particularly under uncertainty. The focus is on multiattribute utility theory. This paper describes several real limitations to utility analysis in the context of engineering design, and attempts to clear up several common misconceptions about it. The real limitations are in the initial configuration and analytic design phases, and in overcomingdifficulties in group decision making. The major misconceptions relate to independence conditions, the functional form and assessment biases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-182
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Real and misconceived limitations to decision based design with utility analysis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this