PC-BASED COOPERATING SYSTEMS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 5515
Amount: $53,914.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Po Box 90 - University Station, Syracuse, NY, 13210
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 KENNETH A BOWEN
 (315) 471-3900
Business Contact
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Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THE IMPORTANCE OF COOPERATING EXPERT SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURES IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF INTELLIGENT PROGRAMS TO ASSIST WITH TASKS RANGING FROM DISTRIBUTED SITUATION ASSESSMENT TO INFERENCE OF PROTEIN STRUCTURE. THE MOST WIDELY ADOPTED IS THE BLACKBOARD ARCHITECTURE, WHICH HAS PROVEN HIGHLY EFFECTIVE IN A NUMBER OF SETTINGS. ONE SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUITABLE TOOLS FOR THE EFFICIENT IMPLEMENTATION OF SYSTEMS UTILIZING SUCH ARCHITECTURES. A FEW TOOLS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPEDFOR MAINFRAME COMPUTERS. NONE AT ALL HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED FOR SMALL MACHINES SUCH AS THE IBM PC. HOWEVER, MANY REAL-WORLD INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (E.G., MILITARY SITUATION ASSESSMENT) ARE COMPOSED OF GROUPS OF SMALL MACHINES SUCH AS PCS NETWORKED WITH 32-BIT WORKSTATIONS AND MINICOMPUTER. THE SITUATION CREATES BOTH A DEMAND AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP TOOLS FOR IMPLEMENTING BLACKBOARD-BASED COOPERATING EXPERT SYSTEMS IN THE ENVIRONMENT OF NETWORK PCS AND WORKSTATION. THIS PROPOSAL ADDRESSES A FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR CONSTRUCTING SUCH TOOLS. THE TECHNICAL APPROACH IS BASED ON THE USE OF META-INTERPRETERS AND PARTIAL EVALUATION COMBINED WITH HIGH-SPEED INCREMENTAL PROLOG COMPILERS.

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