Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Expert Systems and their Application (Avignon '87)

On the Requirements of Active Expert Systems


Most expert systems may be described as consultative advisors that engage in interactive dialog with users in order to provide useful advice in some knowledge-intensive domain. Over the past few years, however, we have witnessed the development of a number of expert systems that operate as components of more encompassing physical environments. Examples include the intelligent control of complex physical systems such as chemical plants, large computer installations, and nuclear power plants. This paper discusses some of the general design issues that arise in building such active expert systems (AESs) based on our previous work on JESQ, an expert system for managing queue space in a large computer system, and our current work on architectures for intelligent safety systems.

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