Accession Number : ADA180814

Title :   Recent Contributions of Information Sciences Research at RAND to Modeling-and Simulation-Based Policy Analysis,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Donohue,G. L. ; Poehlmann,K. ; Vaiana,M.

Report Date : MAR 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : RAND's current research agenda involves not only the development of new tools and techniques but also applications of those tools to current policy analysis issues. Recent research contributions include work in simulation methodology, parallel processing, and man-machine interface designs. This Note presents examples of this research: an interactive algebra tutor; an expert system designed to assist claims adjusters in asbestos litigation; a database management system applied to a network of emergency communications stations; and strategic and tactical wargaming applications. Now, as in the past, RAND provides a unique environment for information sciences research. An ongoing history of pure research has made key artificial intelligence and other computing techniques available to RAND scientists. The scientists have in turn recognized the powerful potential of these techniques and have used them effectively to address a variety of problems. At RAND, the analyst seeking the answer to an important policy question works side by side with computer specialists who strive to build new tools for the analyst's quest. Keywords: Simulation and expert system methodology; Parallel processing; Man-machine interface.

Descriptors :   *INFORMATION SCIENCES, *COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, ALGEBRA, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ASBESTOS, COMMUNICATION TERMINALS, COMPUTER PERSONNEL, DATA BASES, DATA MANAGEMENT, EMERGENCIES, INTERACTIONS, INTERFACES, LITIGATION, MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, METHODOLOGY, PARALLEL PROCESSING, POLICIES, SPECIALISTS, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, STRATEGIC WARFARE, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, TACTICAL WARFARE, WAR GAMES, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, NATIONAL SECURITY, EDUCATION

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE