Knowledge Systems encompasses technologies for:
Representation - from the philosophical (ontologies) to the pragmatic
(business rules), knowledge of many forms needs to be represented. Edinburgh's
work includes the development of ontologies, their use in applications,
and involvement in ontology standards initiatives.
Engineering – developing knowledge-based software systems. Edinburgh has
particular skills in the use of methodologies for knowledge engineering
such as CommonKADS, in the
selection and use of knowledge acquisition techniques, and in
programming knowledge-based software systems.
- Knowledge Management
– identifying the use of, or need for knowledge in an organisation, and
proposing strategies to make knowledge more widely available. Edinburgh’s approach
draws on methods and techniques that use rich modelling of knowledge,
such as ontologies (for example, an ontology of skills has been
developed), multi-perspective modelling (in both senses of “perspective”
– different viewpoints on the same artifact, or different opinions of a
single concept), and established knowledge engineering methods.
Applications include a skills management tool, validation of business
models, and web-based information services.
- Learning -
knowledge and learning are inter-related, and Edinburgh's work on learning
in timetabling and information extraction problems and case-based
reasoning makes use of knowledge.
- Department of
Biomedical Sciences for work on BioInformatics;
- Department of
Mathematics and Statistics, School of Law, and Glasgow Caledonian
University Law Department who jointly hold a grant to operate the Joseph Bell Centre for Forensic
Statistics and Legal Reasoning.
- University of
Edinburgh Management School, teaching “Knowledge Asset Management
through Artificial Intelligence” on the part-time MBA programme;
- To develop
practical and useful applications of knowledge systems technology;
- To research,
analyse, test and apply novel techniques for knowledge systems;
- To transfer the technology
developed for knowledge systems by the University to industry, commerce
- EuroKnowledge --
an ESPRIT project for coordinating the standardisation effort for
European knowledge level standards.
- Formation - a
system to lay out all British Telecom Yellow Pages directories and to
create a new business area for Pindar Set Ltd for responsive marketing
support and catalogue layout systems. Winner of an award for innovative
applications of AI in 1998.
- Fraud Detection - Case-Based Reasoning
has been applied to screen applications for financial products with MCL
- Air Operations
Enterprise Modelling, part of the DARPA-sponsored JFACC programme,
working with BBN Technologies and others. A password is required for
this project's website.
- AUSDA --
analysing and integrating software development approaches
- TOPKAT -- linking
knowledge acquisition with CommonKADS knowledge representation
- CATALYST -- helping
selected companies to understand and apply the CommonKADS methodology
- ISAT (WP1 and 2)
-- modelling, and identifying capabilities within, air campaign planning
by the USAF
UK Programme Involvement
- BCS Specialist
Group on Artificial Intelligence – conference committee.
International Programme Involvement