APPLICATION OF EXPERT SYSTEMS IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT DECISION AIDING

Period of Performance: 01/01/1987 - 12/31/1987

$49.9K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Amerigenics, Inc.
1326 OPEN RANGE RD
Crossville, TN 38555
Firm POC

Abstract

ADVANCES IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, DIGITAL HARDWARE MINATURIZATION, AND COMPUTER GRAPHICS ARE OPENING THE DOOR FOR THE RAPID EVOLUTION OF HUMAN-COMPUTER SYSTEMS IN WHICH THE COMPUTER PERFORMS AN INCREASING SHARE OF THE INTELLIGENT FUNCTIONS AND PROCESSING IN A DECISION-MAKING SITUATION. THUS, THE HUMAN-COMPUTER RELATIONSHIP IS MOVING FROM THAT OF AN INTELLIGENT AGENT WHO IS A "USER" OF A COMPLEX TOOL TO ONE OF COOPERATING INTELLIGENT PARTNERS, IN MUCH THE SAME WAY THAT A TEAM OF HUMANS WORK AND INTERACTTO ACCOMPLISH A PARTICULAR GOAL. SYSTEMS OF THIS TYPE ARE BECOMING KNOWN AS "DISTRIBUTED INTELLIGENCE SYSTEMS," AND ITIS WITHIN THIS CLASS OF SYSTEMS THAT DECISION-AIDING SYSTEMS FOR NASA TECHNICAL PROJECT MANAGERS WOULD FALL. AS PART OF THIS INNOVATIVE RESEARCH EFFORT, ANALYTICS WILL INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF DEVELOPING AN EXPERT SYSTEM-BASED PROJECT MANAGEMENT DECISION AID TO ASSIST NEW NASA TECHNICAL PROJECT MANAGERS IN THE SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPMENT OF NEW AND COMPLEX PROJECTS.