Accession Number : ADA334921

Title :   An Intelligent Tutor for Diagnosing Faults in an Aircraft Power Distribution System

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Jul-31 Dec 97,

Corporate Author : UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REDONDO BEACH BEHAVIORAL TECHNOLOGY LABS

Personal Author(s) : Towne, Douglas M.

PDF Url : ADA334921

Report Date : DEC 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : A domain-general authoring system, DIAG, was employed to develop an intelligent tutor for diagnosing faults in a dual generator AC/DC power distribution system. The application provides an operable simulation of the front panel used to control power distribution in a dual engine aircraft, 148 replaceable units that comprise the functional elements of tile target system, and a number of test points for performing fault isolation tests. In all, 105 faults are simulated for presentation to the learner. Based entirely upon the model of tile power distribution system, DIAG was able to generate context-specific advisement concerning 1) the effectiveness of the diagnostic strategy employed by an individual learner, 2) the rationality of the learner's suspicions considering the symptoms seen, and 3) recommended next steps to further isolate tile simulated fault. The three most significant findings resulting from this development effort were that 1) no changes were required in tile DIAG authoring system or intelligent advisement functions to implement this new and complex domain, 2) the instructional intelligence, in the form of generated dialogues, was produced automatically and required no acquisition or representation of human expertise, and 3) the application was produced in a very short time, approximately 22 man days.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER AIDED INSTRUCTION, SIMULATION, DIAGNOSIS(GENERAL), FAULT TREE ANALYSIS, POWER DISTRIBUTION.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Aircraft
      Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE