User-Defined Critics for Software Adaptation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: DAAH0103CR039
Agency Tracking Number: 02SB2-0225
Amount: $99,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
454 Pine Street, Williamsport, PA, 17701
DUNS: 128516114
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Todd Griffith
 Founder, Chief Technical
 (570) 329-0251
Business Contact
 Greg Sutter
Title: President
Phone: (919) 782-5331
Research Institution
"This proposal investigates using a knowledge acquisition system called The Discovery MachineT to allow subject matter experts to construct critics to evolve software. As storage, memory, and processing speeds increase there is a push to evolve morecomplex software systems. This push arises from the desire to utilize untapped computational potential. Complex software development, however, is constrained by a bottleneck facing the industry. The bottleneck is not a hardware bottleneck a la vonNeumann, but rather a bottleneck of expertise. Software development requires skilled software engineers with experience designing and implementing large software systems. Unfortunately, the demand for these engineers far exceeds the supply, and thebottleneck will only narrow as demand increases. Our solution is to reduce the role of the software engineer in the development process. This means increasing the role of the SME, which also means increasing the role of tools for assisting the SME.Since development is evolutionary in nature, SMEs will need tools for not only new development, but also for the adaptation of software. Here we suggest using a combination of user-friendly knowledge acquisition tools, high-level formal languages(SBF-TMK) and meta-agent help systems to take automated software development to the next level. The most significant development within the target business sector is the explosion in amount and complexity of data a

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