Accession Number:

ADA034194

Title:

The Causal Representation and Simulation of Physical Mechanisms.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

137.0

Abstract:

This paper describes a theoretical framework and a LISP implementation for describing and simulating the cause-effect behavior of mechanisms. For the purposes of this research, a mechanism is defined to be any physical device, complex or simple, which exhibits cause and effect relationships useful to humans. Ordinarily, this will mean any purposively constructed object, such as a vacuum cleaner, a pencil, a button, a lightbulb or a computer. However, the authors also include in the definition any naturally-occurring physical devices and principles whose cause and effect relationships are of use to humans. Also considered are information-manipulating mechanisms such as computer programs, as though they were physical in nature.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems
  • Bionics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE