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ARC-TEC: Acquisition, Representation and Compilation of Technical Knowledge

Ansgar Bernardi; Harold Boley; Philipp Hanschke; Knut Hinkelmann; Christoph Klauck; Otto Kühn; Ralf Legleitner; Manfred Meyer; M.M. Richter; Franz Schmalhofer; Gabriele Schmidt; Walter Sommer
DFKI, DFKI Research Reports (RR), Vol. 91-27, 1991.


A global description of an expert system shell for the domain of mechanical engineering is presented. The ARC-TEC project constitutes an AI approach to realize the CIM idea. Along with conceptual solutions, it provides a continuous sequence of software tools for the acquisition, representation and compilation of technical knowledge. The shell combines the KADS knowledge-acquisition methodology, the KL-ONE representation theory and the WAM compilation technology. For its evaluation a prototypical expert system for production planning is developed. A central part of the system is a knowledge base formalizing the relevant aspects of common sense in mechanical engineering. Thus, ARC-TEC is less general than the CYC project but broader than specific expert systems for planning or diagnosis.