This comprehensive guide to engineering and manufacturing applications of expert systems takes an integrated approach to the expert system development process. Emphasizing the basic concepts and procedures, it focuses not only on the technology of expert systems, but also on how to select, initiate, implement, and manage the technology. The book presents guidelines ranging from problem selection, data analysis, validation, integration, implementation, and maintenance. It also covers heuristics, mathematical calculations, large data manipulations, statistical analysis, real-time information management, system optimization, and man-machine interfaces.
1. Artificial Intelligence Background. 2. Basic Concepts of Expert Systems. 3. Problem Analysis and Selection. 4. Knowledge Acquisition. 5. Knowledge Representation. 6. Reasoning Under Uncertainty. 7. Selecting a Development Tool. 8. Constructing the Knowledge Base. 9. Verification, Validation, and Integration. 10. Implementation and Management Strategies. 11. Survey of Engineering and Manufacturing Applications. 12. Case Studies of Expert System Development. Appendices. Bibliography. Index.