Transferring Research Results from the Laboratory to the Market by Means of Intelligent Decision Support

  • John Darzentas
  • Jenny Darzentas
  • Thomas Spyrou
Part of the Research Reports Esprit book series (ESPRIT, volume 2)


This paper describes a system that was built as a proof-of-concept demonstrator for Amodeus 2. The project researched ways and means of developing tools and techniques to aid the interface designer from the point of view of system, user and design considerations. As these products were the results of upstream research, it was also part of the project to find ways of transferring these results to the design community. One way was the DDAS (Designers’ Decision Aiding System) whose purpose was to enable designers with specific interface problems to find which technique(s) would be the most appropriate for them to use. The system was designed using an approach based on Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) and fuzzy reasoning, and Intelligent Decision Support Systems (Intelligent DSS).

The usefulness of the system is that it provides a means of transfer of the modelling techniques in direct relation to the concern of the designer. In addition, a beneficial feature of the system is that it encourages designers to think about their problems and to understand them better. It is also a great advantage that the problem descriptions are expressed in natural language which allows the user more degrees of freedom, while at the same time the evaluation procedures are not constructed around quantifying processes thus ensuring that the initial freedom is retained to a large extent until the end of the decision making process. Finally, the system is generalisable to other situations where problems exist, where tools and methodologies exist to help out in those problems, but where a means of helping the problem owner decide what is appropriate for him is lacking. The work described below was carried out as part of the ESPRIT Basic Research Action Project 7040, Amodeus 2.


Decision Support System Modelling Technique Design Space Problem Description Fuzzy Reasoning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Darzentas
    • 1
  • Jenny Darzentas
    • 1
  • Thomas Spyrou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of AegeanKarlovassi, SamosGreece

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