Intelligent Training Systems in Industrial Environments


ITSIE - 2615

Keywords process control, knowledge-based systems, computer-aided learning, training


Start Date: 27-FEB-89 / Duration: 42 months

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Objectives and Approach

The aim of the ITSIE project is to improve the level of training for the operation and maintenance of complex physical systems and potentially hazardous processes through the provision of intelligent training systems.

The main strategic objective of this project is to enhance the current generation of computer-based trainers (CBTs) and simulators for industrial applications through the use of intelligent tutoring systems (in general) and qualitative modelling techniques (in particular).

The main technical objective is to develop a generic architecture for Intelligent Training Systems in Industrial Environments (ITSIE) that allows the domain to be modelled in several ways and presented in the form most appropriate to the user and the task to be learned. The domain modelling consists of both representations of expertise, either in the form of associations or procedures and explicit models of the physical system using numerical and qualitative simulation techniques. The tutor will be represented by a set of primitive instructional strategies reflecting the range of pedagogic approaches to tutoring necessary for the industrial domain. This provides an enhanced architecture for training systems that will greatly extend the capability of current CBTs.

This project will be in two phases. The first will establish the requirements for the demonstrator applications for ITSIES, utilising both qualitative and quantitative models. This will lead to the development of a set of tools to implement the identified modules.

The second phase will develop two working demonstrators to validate and refine the tools:

Exploitation

ITSIE will provide the technology and know-how to solve industrial training problems and provide particular solutions in the demonstrator application domains. System suppliers will exploit ITSIE know-how in product development. Marconi Simulation intends to use the ITSIE methodology as the basis of a new generation of trainers and simulators. Marconi Simulation is using ITSIE concepts in the AMICA and SMISLE projects.

The first exploitation of results by CRI will be in the space area, in particular ITS for astronauts and spacecraft operation. CISE are interested in the development of the electrical distribution trainer. Heriot-Watt University will exploit the results in research, teaching and consultancy. Iberdrola intends to use the results in-house. Alcatel Alsthom Recherche intends to exploit the results through the links with several associates. Labein will engage in further ITSIE research and will develop ITSIEs for industry. Universidad di Pais Vasco intends to exploit the results in further research and teaching.

CISE is currently exploiting the results in the space area, conducting the ATIS project (Atronauts Training Intelligent system) with the ESTEC "Expert systems Development Programme". This project, started at the beginning of 1993, aims at developing an ITS prototype for astronauts training. The ATIS application domain is the training of astronauts for payload operations. More specifically the application case will be the RAMSES payload. A microgravity payload dedicated to Continuous Flow Electrophoresis experiments. CISE is also exploiting ITSIE within the Italian energy industry. In 1993 CISE started a long-term project for the development of an intelligent training system for installation and maintenance of a complex automation system for high voltage substations. The short-term objective of this project is to realise for the end of 1993 a pre-protype concerning training for trouble-shooting.


CONTACT POINT

Mr K.D. Horne
MARCONI SIMULATION LTD
The John Sutcliffe Building
Fulmar Way
Donibristle Industrial Park
Nr. Dunfermline
UK - FIFE KY11 5JX
tel: + 44/ 383-821-921
fax: + 44/ 383-824-227
telex: 727779
email: horne@msim.co.uk

Participants

MARCONI SIMULATION LTD - UK - C
CRI A/S - DK - P
IBERDROLA SA - E - P
ALCATEL ALSTHOM RECHERCHE - F - P
UNIVERSITY OF HERIOT-WATT - UK - P
CISE SPA - I - P
LABEIN - E - A
UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO - E - A


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