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Cloud-Based Intelligent User Interface for Cloud Manufacturing: Model, Technology, and Application

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Lei Ren

School of Automation Science and
Electrical Engineering,
Beihang University,
No. 37 Xueyuan Road,
Beijing 100191, China
Engineering Research Center of Complex
Product Advanced Manufacturing Systems,
Ministry of Education,
Beijing 100191, China
e-mail: renlei@buaa.edu.cn

Jin Cui

School of Automation Science and
Electrical Engineering,
Beihang University,
No. 37 Xueyuan Road,
Beijing 100191, China
e-mail: jincui@buaa.edu.cn

Ni Li

School of Automation Science and
Electrical Engineering,
Beihang University,
No. 37 Xueyuan Road,
Beijing 100191, China
e-mail: lini@buaa.edu.cn

Qiong Wu

School of Mechanical
Engineering and Automation,
Beihang University,
No. 37 Xueyuan Road,
Beijing 100191, China
e-mail: wuqiong@buaa.edu.cn

Cuixia Ma

Institute of Software,
Chinese Academy of Sciences,
Beijing 100190, China
e-mail: cuixia_ma@126.com

Dongxing Teng

Institute of Software,
Chinese Academy of Sciences,
Beijing 100190, China
e-mail: tengdongxing1973@163.com

Lin Zhang

School of Automation Science and
Electrical Engineering,
Beihang University,
No. 37 Xueyuan Road,
Beijing 100191, China
e-mail: zhanglin@buaa.edu.cn

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Manufacturing Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MANUFACTURING SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. Manuscript received October 31, 2014; final manuscript received March 31, 2015; published online July 8, 2015. Assoc. Editor: Lihui Wang.

J. Manuf. Sci. Eng 137(4), 040910 (Aug 01, 2015) (7 pages) Paper No: MANU-14-1572; doi: 10.1115/1.4030332 History: Received October 31, 2014; Revised March 31, 2015; Online July 08, 2015

Cloud manufacturing is gradually transforming the way enterprises do business from traditional production-oriented manufacturing to service-oriented manufacturing. The development of cloud manufacturing in industry practice is closely related to domain-specific user experience. The huge amount of users with diverse roles and various requirements in manufacturing industry are facing great challenges of cloud system usability problems. Thus, user interface issues play a significant role in pushing this new area forward. In this paper, we discuss the key characteristics of intelligent user interface (IUI) for cloud manufacturing, i.e., naturality, smart mobility, self-configuration, and flexible customization. Further, a cloud-plus-IUI model for cloud end-users is presented. Then we discuss the enabling technologies, i.e., automatic configuration based on virtualization, context-aware adaption and recommendation, and multimodal interaction. Finally, we present SketchPart, a sketch-based pad system prototype for searching part drawings in the cloud, to show the advantages of the proposed cloud-plus-IUI solution.

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Cloud-plus-IUI mode

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Automatic configuration for IUI

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Context-aware adaption and recommendation

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Multimodal interaction

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SketchPart: a sketch-based pad system prototype for searching part drawings in cloud

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Sketching a desired part in SketchPart on a pad

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The recommended part drawings in SketchPart searching results in cloud

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