Intelligent Systems: The Weakest Link?

  • David Davenport
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-58021-5_6

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 114)
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Davenport D. (1993) Intelligent Systems: The Weakest Link?. In: Kaynak O., Honderd G., Grant E. (eds) Intelligent Systems: Safety, Reliability and Maintainability Issues. NATO ASI Series (Series F: Computer and Systems Sciences), vol 114. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


This paper investigates the role intelligent systems may play in the design, operation and maintenance of safety critical applications. It questions whether the techniques currently used to construct intelligent knowledge-based systems can produce designs which can meet the performance requirements of such applications and which, in particular, can be trusted. The paper concludes that conventional rule-based systems are essentially ad-hoc and thus not really suitable, however, more sophisticated techniques as embodied in the abductive, qualitative reasoning and inscriptor approaches are seen to point the way to a solution.


Intelligent systems rule-based systems safety abductive reasoning qualitative reasoning 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Davenport
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  1. 1.Computer Eng. & Info. Sciences Dept.Bilkent UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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