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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 689383, 10 pages
Research Article

Agent Behavior-Based Simulation Study on Mass Collaborative Product Development Process

1School of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China
2Dongling School of Economics and Management, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China

Received 23 January 2015; Revised 1 March 2015; Accepted 2 March 2015

Academic Editor: Chin-Chia Wu

Copyright © 2015 Shuo Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Mass collaborative product development (MCPD) benefits people by high innovation products with lower cost and shorter lead time due to quick development of group innovation, Internet-based customization, and prototype manufacturing. Simulation is an effective way to study the evolution process and therefore to guarantee the success of MCPD. In this paper, an agent behavior-based simulation approach of MCPD is developed, which models the MCPD process as the interactive process of design agents and the environment objects based on Complex Adaptive System (CAS) theory. Next, the structure model of design agent is proposed, and the modification and collaboration behaviors are described. Third, the agent behavior-based simulation flow of MCPD is designed. At last, simulation experiments are carried out based on an engineering case of mobile phone design. The experiment results show the following: (1) the community scale has significant influence on MCPD process; (2) the simulation process can explicitly represent the modification and collaboration behaviors of design agents; (3) the community evolution process can be observed and analyzed dynamically based on simulation data.