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This paper deals with the conceptual and methodological problems of human interaction with cooperating multiple expert systems. The emerging second generation expert systems, in particular those based on the cooperating multiple experts paradigm, impose some significant new challenges for user interface designers. The key problems of this new research area are discussed in this paper, with the conclusion that these problems can be considered through the use of an appropriate design methodology. In an attempt to determine such a methodology, other relevant methodologies are initially considered. A methodological framework is then proposed, the main objective of which is to enable the integration of the user as a problem solving component with cooperating Expert Systems. An application of this framework is then provided, to a fault diagnostic system, in the frame of an ESPRIT project which is used as a testbed of the discussed ideas.

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Authors: HALL L E, JRC Ispra (IT);AVOURIS N M, JRC Ispra (IT);CROSS A D, Electrical Research and Development Centre, Chester (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Avignon 90, Expert Systems and their Applications - 10th International Conference, Avignon (FR), May 30 - June 1, 1990
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 35513 ORA
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