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A Foresight Support System to Manage Knowledge on Information Society Evolution

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7710)

Abstract

In this paper we present an intelligent knowledge fusion and decision support system tailored to manage information on future social and technological trends. It focuses on gathering and managing the rules that govern the evolution of selected information society technologies (IST) and their applications. The main idea of information gathering and processing here presented refers to so-called real-time expert Delphi, where an expert community works on the same research problems by responding to structured questionnaires, elaborating complex dynamical system models, providing recommendations, and verifying the models so arisen. The knowledge base is structured in layers that correspond to the selected kinds of information on the technology and social evolution, uses, markets, and management. An analytical engine uses labelled hypermultigraphs to process the mutual impacts of objects from each layer to elicit the technological evolution rules and calculate future trends and scenarios. The processing rules are represented within discrete-time and discrete-event control models. Multicriteria decision support procedures make it possible to aggregate individual expert recommendations. The resulting foresight support system can process uncertain information using a fuzzy-random-variable-based model, while a coupled reputation management system can verify collective expert judgments and assign trust vectors to experts and other sources of information.

Keywords

Foresight Support Systems Complex Socioeconomic Models Group Model Building Knowledge Fusion Intelligent Decision Support 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Automatic Control and Biomedical Engineering, Decision Science LaboratoryAGH University of Science and TechnologyKrakówPoland
  2. 2.International Centre for Decision Sciences and Forecasting, Progress & Business FoundationKrakówPoland

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