Accession Number : ADP005597

Title :   A Graphical Aid to IKBS Program Development,

Corporate Author : BRITISH AEROSPACE PLC WARTON (ENGLAND) MILITARY AIRCRAFT DIV

Personal Author(s) : Kearney,P. J. ; Hunt,B.

Report Date : FEB 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : IKBS developments a BAe Warton fall into two categories: real-time airborne applications of system-automation and tactical-decision-aid type, and ground-based expert systems. The first of these presents major difficulties with regard to Quality Assurance testing of the codes produced, while the second suffers from the inappropriateness of stand-alone workstations and classical AI approaches within the industrial aerospace context. BAe Warton is applying its extensive experience in conventional software methodologies to the new demands presented by IKBS, both to the developer and the user. One of the tools under development is known a GRIN (Graphical Representation of an Inference Network), and is described, together with an overview of the Warton approach to AI, in the present paper, GRIN presents an inference network in a dynamic diagrammatic form, which maximises the user's comprehension of the the knowledge base, and hence eases development and maintenance of an IKBS. It is considered that this tool and the philosophy behind it will reinforce the view that IKBS represents a natural extension of programming technology rather than a radical change. (Author)

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, *SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, *COMPUTER GRAPHICS, DECISION MAKING, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, PROTOTYPES, PROBLEM SOLVING, QUALITY ASSURANCE

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE