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ENGINEERING PROBLEM SOLVING WITH KNOWLEDGE-BASED SYSTEMS

Wm. J. Garland
Department of Engineering Physics, McMaster Univ., Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA

W. F. S. Poehlman
Department of Computing and Software, McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario, Canada

Sinopsis

This paper advocates that the nature of engineering problem solving is distinct enough that special consideration should be given to blending the new technologies of expert systems to the more traditional engineering technologies. The nature of both technologies are reviewed and some noteworthy conclusions are drawn. Two distinct engineering tasks are investigated by delineating their knowledge base structures and their solution methodologies. It was found that advanced expert system inferencing techniques are less useful in advancing the stale of the art in engineering problem solving than carefully crafting the knowledge base structures.

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