ACE: The Airborne Combat Expert Systems: An Exposition in Two Parts.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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In modern, real-world expert systems, theory meets application. A challenging, necessary application is the defense of a modern military aircraft during air-to-air combat. We are developing an expert system, called the Airborne Combat Expert or ACE, to deal with this problem. The ACE project has required intense effort to integrate diverse knowledge sources and knowledge representation schemes. Sources of knowledge include rules of combat obtained from humans, various mechanical instruments, and other computer systems such as a computerized vision system. Knowledge representation schemes were chosen to best fit various types of knowledge and include frames, analogical knowledge graphics, production rules, and procedural representations. The task of the system is to locate potential threats such as aircraft or missiles, categorize objects as to type and hostility, prioritize threats, and produce and follow the best course of action to eliminate the threats. The systems is able to take offensive andor defensive action as it sees fit with only limited required interaction from a human controller. Thus, when ACE is used as an embedded system, it actually becomes a robot. This alleviates the needs to expose humans to dangerous air-to-air combat. Author
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