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Elements of an Interface Standard for Knowledge Sources in Knowledge-Based Engineering

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Volker Poenisch

Knowledge-Based Engineering Systems, Ford Motor Company, Fairlane Office Center 1, Suite 451, 6 Parklane Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48121vpoenisc@ford.com

Andrew Clark

Knowledge-Based Engineering Systems, Ford Motor Company, Fairlane Office Center 1, Suite 451, 6 Parklane Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48121aclark@ford.com

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 6(1), 78-83 (Jun 10, 2005) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2164449 History: Received August 24, 2004; Revised June 10, 2005

Software architectures for knowledge-based engineering often separate applications from their knowledge sources. We propose elements for a new standard for the resulting interface. The fully automatic transfer of knowledge would require a shared engineering ontology. We suggest something less ambitious, namely to make only part of the knowledge machine-intelligible, such as a number embedded in a rule. This proposal still requires a human to code the knowledge from the source into the application. However, it would allow the application to automatically handle some updates to the knowledge sources. We discuss the details of a formalism to describe the machine-intelligible part of the knowledge; we suggest some meta-data; and we clarify the relationship of the proposal to existing standards.

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A KBE architecture with multiple knowledge sources, multiple applications as knowledge consumers, and the interface between. The arrows represent data flow through some middleware mechanism.

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Rule change scenario

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Rule example. For simplicity, we number slots and show their values in a table. Other schemes, such as labels, are available.

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