Accession Number : ADA266117


Title :   Qualitative Reasoning about the Physical World


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Mar 1985-Dec 1991


Corporate Author : ILLINOIS UNIV AT URBANA DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE


Personal Author(s) : Forbus, Kenneth D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a266117.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 7


Abstract : Qualitative physics is the subfield of artificial intelligence which investigates the kinds of representations and reasoning techniques which allow engineers, scientists, and just plain folks to understand and interact with the physical world. For example, Navy trainees learn to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot complex physical systems without needing advanced degrees in physics. Their common sense knowledge is augmented by their technical training and new skills, in order to carry out their tasks. To make computers that are capable of the same kind of flexible reasoning and learning regarding the physical world requires understanding common sense physics well enough to program it.


Descriptors :   *REASONING , *ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE , COGNITION , NAVAL TRAINING , TROUBLESHOOTING , LEARNING , NAVAL RESEARCH


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Cybernetics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE