<I-N-C-A> - Shared Model for Synthesized Artifacts
The Edinburgh I-X Intelligent Systems Technology approach uses the core notion of the representation of a product as a set of nodes making up the components of the product model, along with constraints on the relationship between those nodes and a set of outstanding issues - <I-N-C-A> - Issues, Nodes, (Critical and Auxiliary) Constraints and Annotations. Engagement with various standards setting groups is a part of this work.
The work involves the investigation of the use of shared models for task directed communication between human and computer agents who are jointly exploring a range of alternative options for activity.
Six concepts are being used as the basis for exploring task orientated multi-agent and mixed-initiative work involving users and systems. Together these provide for a shared model of what each agent can and is authorised to do and what those agents can act upon. The concepts are:
In particular, this work will carry forward the development of a strong systematic ontology to underpin the models of processes and activity - including continuing to engage in and promote its use as a basis for standards. The work will draw on the initial efforts to create an ontology suitable for the conceptual description of all aspects of an organisation - the Enterprise Ontology and on the development of the <I-N-OVA> constraint model of activity. The work will promote the aim that PIF, NIST PSL, OMWG CPR and SPAR all converge on a single core model of activity which can be based on the more abstract <I-N-C-A>.