The Knowledge Integration Tool : a knowledge based system development environment

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dc.contributor.advisor Brown, Walter L. en_US Newcomb, Philip H. en_US 2011-06-03T19:34:45Z 2011-06-03T19:34:45Z 1988 en_US 1988
dc.identifier LD2489.Z78 1988 .N49 en_US
dc.description.abstract The current generation of conventional software productivity tools is likely to achieve at most a factor of two reduction in life-cycle costs by the early 1990s. With projected order of magnitude increases in system complexity and size, a far greater improvement (factor of 10 or higher) is needed. Significant cost reductions and qualitative improvements for many kinds of applications can be demonstrated by means of a knowledge-based integrated tool environment that both adheres to the software development standards of the software development organization and promotes rapid development of high quality knowledge-based systems and their integration within highly specialized application environmentsThis investigation has led to the construction of the (K)nowledge (I)ntegration (T)ool, an operational testbed and architectural framework for the rapid development of highly extensible artificial intelligence systems and environments that both support the conventional life-cycle paradigm and facilitate the evolution of a knowledge-based life-cycle paradigm. A knowledge-based system is a programming system characterized by the ease with which objects, the relationships between them, and higher-level concepts composed of such objects and relationships, are manipulated and presented graphically and textually. The KIT consists of: knowledge-based integrated tool environments, integrated assemblages of knowledge-based systems that possess a man-machine interface that adjusts to the needs of individual users by means of user-profile and application-specific information; and a knowledge-based based system development environment, a knowledge-based system that supports the construction and maintenance of software systems, and acts as a mechanism to improve the reliability of the software development process. This thesis describes the synthesis of these system types in the KIT.Following the KIT's successful prototyping and demonstration, it is being scaled up and incrementally developed to provide life-cycle automation capabilities for a roboticized factory of a major aerospace company. In this thesis the historical and theoretical foundations, capabilities, current and planned uses of the KIT are described.Key Words: Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Base, Life-cycle Automation, Knowledge-Based Environment, Knowledge-Based Systems, Knowledge-Based Project Management, Knowledge-Based Configuration Management, Knowledge-Based System Development, Knowledge-Based Software Engineering.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Computer Science
dc.format.extent vii, 189 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Artificial intelligence. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Expert systems (Computer science) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Computer software -- Development. en_US
dc.title The Knowledge Integration Tool : a knowledge based system development environment en_US Thesis (M.S.)
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