SYNTHESIS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$49,973.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
4055
Agency Tracking Number:
4055
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Kestrel Development Corp (Currently KESTREL TECHNOLOGY LLC)
1801 Page Mill Rd, Palo Alto, CA, 94304
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
DOUGLAS R SMITH
(415) 493-6871
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THIS PROJECT WILL PERFORM RESEARCH IN THE AREA OF APPLICATIONSPECIFIC SOFTWARE SYNTHESIS. ITS SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTION WILL BE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO CODIFY AND USE APPLICATION KNOWLEDGE FOR AUTOMATED SYNTHESIS, AND A SPECIFIC PLAN FOR PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING ON BOTH EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL (SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT) APPLICATIONS. PROJECT FOCUS WILL BE DESIGN OF A FACET (APPLICATION SPECIFIC INTERFACE SYNTHESIZER) THAT SYNTHESIZES EFFICIENT USER INTERFACE FROM DIALOG SPECIFICATIONS GENERATED BY "ABSTRACT" APPLICATION-SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER. ASIS WILL USE PRESENTATION KNOWLEDGE AND USAGE CHARACTERISTICS FROM EACH APPLICATION KNOWLEDGE PACK (CUSTOMIZABLE) HUMAN FACTORS CONSTRAINTS, AND ALGORITHM DESIGN KNOWLEDGE TO SYNTHESIZE EFFECTIVE USER INTERFACES. WE ILLUSTRATE WITH A GRAPHLAYOUT PROBLEM IN WHICH ASIS DERIVES FROM ITS INPUTS THE SPECIFICATION FOR A SHORTEST-PATH FUNCTION TO BE APPLIED REPEATEDLY AT DIFFERENT VERTICES; GENERAL ALGORITHM-DESIGN KNOWLEDGE THEN DIRECTS THE SYNTHESIS OF AN ALL-PAIRS SHORTEST-PATHS ALGORITHM. A PRODUCTIONQUALITY ASIS WOULD FACTOR OUT A CIRITICAL COMPONENT OF THE APPLICATION SOFTWARE SYNTHESIS PROBLEM, LARGELY ELIMINATING THE MANUAL APPLICATION-SPECIFIC INTERFACE DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE THAT ACCOUNTS FOR AS MUCH HALF OF THE SOFTWARE LIFE-CYCLE COST.

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