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A Programmer's Assistant for a Special-Purpose Dataflow Language.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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A programming tool, the Graph Design Assistant GDA, for a special-purpose dataflow language was designed and implemented. The motivation for the effort was the need to construct a robot simulation facility which will assist in the development of effective algorithms to plan and control robot movements. An Evans and Sutherland PS300 graphic workstation is used to display animated robot simulations. The Graph Design Assistant was developed so that researchers could program robot simulations on the PS300 without having to learn the intricacies of the PS300s dataflow language. The Graph Design Assistant was implemented on a Lisp machine using a knowledge engineering tool. The result of the effort was a prototype system to be used as the basis for further development. Thesis. keywords Automatic Programming, Dataflow, Program Transformation System, Robot Simulation.
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