Short Description of the Research Group on Knowledge-Based Systems (KBS) and Human-Computer Communication (HCC)
COLORADO UNIV AT BOULDER DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
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Our goal is to establish, both by theoretical work and by building prototype systems, the scientific foundations for the construction of intelligent systems which serve as amplifiers of human capabilities e.g., to expand human memory, augment human reasoning, and facilitate human communication. A prerequisite for intelligent systems is that we understand the information processing possibilities and limitations of the human and the computer. We apply basic, qualitative theories of human thinking to guide the design of innovative systems. Our systems should not only be significant as technical achievements in computer science, but also because they are based upon principled analyses of how one can best help people to cope with complex information systems. Working in intelligent systems, it is not sufficient to know how to build these systems one must discover which systems are worth building. Knowledge-Based Systems KBS and Human-Computer Communication HCC are two crucial research areas for these goals. We are especially interested in understanding the possibilities of pursuing these two research areas together. The rationale for this approach is that on the one hand effective human-computer communication is more than creating attractive displays on a CRT screen It requires providing the computer with a considerable body of relevant world knowledge as well as knowledge about the psychological characteristics and understanding of the user on the other hand, the use of knowledge-based systems and expert systems will be severely limited if we are unable to eliminate the communication bottleneck. In our current research effort, innovative system development, cognitive theory construction, and evaluation are combined and centered around the following themes cooperative problem solving, user-centered design, intelligent support systems, intelligent information management, construction kits and design environments, human problem-domain communication.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems