Autocompletion of engineering diagrams

We propose a novel method enabling autocompletion of engineering diagrams such as flowsheets. This idea is inspired by the autocompletion of text.

We represent flowsheets as strings using the text-based SFILES 2.0 notation and learn the grammatical structure of the SFILES 2.0 language and common patterns in flowsheets using a transformer-based language model. We pre-train our model on synthetically generated flowsheets to learn the flowsheet language grammar. Then, we fine-tune our model in a transfer learning step on real flowsheet topologies. Finally, we use the trained model for causal language modeling to autocomplete flowsheets. Eventually, the proposed method can provide chemical engineers with recommendations during interactive flowsheet synthesis. The results demonstrate a high potential of this approach for future AI-assisted process synthesis.

Key publications

  • Vogel, G., Balhorn, L. S., & Schweidtmann, A. M. (2022). Learning from flowsheets: A generative transformer model for autocompletion of flowsheets. arXiv preprint arXiv:2208.00859.
  • Vogel, G., Balhorn, L. S., Hirtreiter, E., & Schweidtmann, A. M. (2022). SFILES 2.0: An extended text-based flowsheet representation. arXiv preprint arXiv:2208.00778.