SLICE — A System for Simulation Through a Set of Cooperating Expert Systems
Expert systems have been receiving increasing attention as potential components of automated, real-time systems. Early applications to engineering problems such as PROSPECTOR (analysis of borehole logs) or R1 (configuration of computer equipment) involved an interaction with the user in an off-line environment. However, applications are now being considered in which users interact with expert systems in real time, while also taking control or design decisions. Among the applications that have been proposed, or are being actively developed, are military command and control systems (Taylor, 1983), aircraft flight decks and space flight operations (Marsh, 1984), and air traffic control systems (Gosling & Hockaday, 1984; Shively & Schwamb, 1984). In all these applications, a critical aspect is the role of the human in the system, and the interface between the human operator or decision-maker and the automated system. Data flows in to the system from sensors and is stored in a database by a data management system.
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