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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 13
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper VI.1

A Development Environment for Knowledge based Systems in Engineering Design

C.S. Krisnamoorthy, S. Rajeev, S. Sarimulla Raja and H. Shivakumar

Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
C.S. Krisnamoorthy, S. Rajeev, S. Sarimulla Raja, H. Shivakumar, "A Development Environment for Knowledge based Systems in Engineering Design", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Artificial Intelligence and Structural Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 165-174, 1991. doi:10.4203/ccp.13.6.1
Knowledge-Based Systems (KBS) have been developed to deal with problems which are ill-structured and do not present themselves readily for ordinary procedural programming. Conventional KBS development shells provide environments which allow knowledge representation in a single form, such as rules. But in practice, design activities do not always involve similar processes and each lend itself to a different knowledge representation technique. This brings in the idea of a KBS development environment where different classes of tasks are performed by different generic components. A generic component is a program which can reason and arrive at solutions based on knowledge presented to it in appropriate form. This paper presents DEKBASE, a KBS development environment made using generic components and a number of knowledge representation and data abstraction schemes.

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