Applied Intelligence

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 235–247

Towards Combinatorial Analysis, Adaptation, and Planning of Human-Computer Systems

  • Mark Sh. Levin

DOI: 10.1023/A:1014342101070

Cite this article as:
Levin, M.S. Applied Intelligence (2002) 16: 235. doi:10.1023/A:1014342101070


The paper addresses a modular system approach to the analysis, design, and improvement of human-computer systems (HCSs). The approach is based on ordinal expert information and optimization models. A modular description of HCSs (system components and their interconnection), some corresponding requirements to them, and improvement actions are described. The following stages have been examined: design of a basic system morphology, modification of the morphology, analysis, and planning.

Our combinatorial approach (two-level hierarchical morphological design) consists of two problems: (i) multicriteria analysis of primitives (design alternatives), and (ii) combinatorial synthesis. The hierarchical combinatorial synthesis is based on a “design morphology” which corresponds to an initial hierarchical knowledge structure (design alternatives, their estimates, etc.). Ordinal scales for initial information are used.

Two basic numerical examples illustrate the approach: (i) modular analysis, adaptation, and improvement of HCSs; (ii) series planning the user interfaces for knowledge engineering.

system design design & modeling planning & scheduling system adaptation knowledge-based methodologies knowledge engineering optimization problems human-computer systems 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Sh. Levin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringThe Ben-Gurion University of the NegevBeer ShevaIsrael

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