A Methodology-Based Workbench for KBS Life-Cycle Support


VITAL - 5365

Keywords software engineering, knowledge engineering, KADS, knowledge-based systems, Open KADS


Start Date: 15-OCT-90 / Duration: 54 months

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Objectives and Approach

VITAL's aim is to produce a KBS development methodology and a knowledge engineering workbench supporting it. The workbench extends the functionalities of Open KADS, a KADS-based knowledge modelling tool supplied by Bull Cediag. To guarantee the usefulness of VITAL results, the methodology and its workbench are built from the requirements of a selection of large industrial projects in both civil and military industries. These projects include SACHEM for Sollac - building a KBS to support blast furnace process control, and HORIZON - building the planning and decision-making aids of a combat management system for Thomson-CSF/NCS.

Although the VITAL Workbench will be re-used to build the future version of Open KADS, it will also be directly exploited as a training environment to disseminate the KADS technology in the industry.

The initial version of the VITAL methodology has been experimented as part of pilot projects and in the context of the operational HORIZON project. The VITAL methodology and the VITAL Workbench are currently extended in various different ways, including:

Exploitation

A joint exploitation of the VITAL methodology and the VITAL Workbench through a training package is planned by most of the VITAL partners. Bull will build the next version of its Open KADS product from the VITAL Workbench. Syseca will extend the Thomson systems engineering methodology with VITAL to cope with knowledge intensive systems and speed up the operational requirements analysis which is the systems engineering bottleneck. Andersen Consulting will use VITAL's results for in-house purposes. The Open University and the University of Nottingham will elaborate and exploit the training package.

Further information about VITAL is available from the VITAL home page <URL:http://kmi.open.ac.uk/~john/vital/vital.html>.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Alain Rouge
SYSECA Technologies et Produits
Bureaux de la Colline 315
F - 92213 SAINT CLOUD Cedex
tel: + 33/ 1-4911-7201
fax: + 33/ 1-4911-7443
email: Alain_Rouge@eurokom.ie

Participants

SYSECA - F - C
ANDERSEN CONSULTING SA - E - P
KONINKLIJKE PTT NEDERLAND NV - NL - P
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY - UK - P
BULL SA - F - P
ONERA - F - P
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM - UK - P
NOKIA RESEARCH CENTRE - SF - P
UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI - SF - A


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VITAL - 5365, December 1993


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