Implementation and Initial Validation of a Knowledge Acquisition System for Mechanical Assembly

  • N. Madhusudanan
  • Amaresh Chakrabarti
Conference paper


This paper describes the implementation and initial validation of a method for semi-automatically acquiring knowledge for an expert system to perform diagnosis in the domain of mechanical assembly. The approach developed in this research is a method of questioning experts for knowledge acquisition, starting with minimal domain knowledge, and no prior domain model. The software implementation of the knowledge acquisition method is a computer based tool titled ExKAV. The paper describes the layout of the software, its implementation details, and interfaces involved. An initial validation using two assembly situations is also presented, and, potential directions for extending this work are discussed.



The authors acknowledge the contribution of various experts from Indian Institute of Science in this research. The Boeing Company has provided financial support under contract PC36016 at SID, IISc; Dr. Al Salour and his colleagues from The Boeing Company, USA have been helpful in providing valuable technical support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Product Design and ManufacturingIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia

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