Integrated Expert Systems
Final rept. Jun 1986-Jun 1987
SOUTHEASTERN CENTER FOR ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION INC ST CLOUD FL
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This report presents an analysis of the current theoretical and practical states of what has been dubbed cooperating expert systems COPES technology - i.e. studies and experiments devoted to the problem of coordinating the communication and problem-solving activities of distinct expert and non- expert systems that already exist and that were developed independently. This problem is seen as distinct from those addressed by a number of more general technical approaches to achieving cooperation. The approaches, as represented by the blackboard architecture, the Airland Loosely Integrated Expert Systems ALLIES effort, the A Better Environment ABE effort, and the Multiple Node Expert System project, are described and evaluated in terms of their applicability to the existing system problem. A software architecture is proposed which combines aspects of these approaches to address a variety of practical tradeoffs that arise. Finally, a design technique that seems particularly suited to the architecture is described.
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