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Volume 11, Issue 1
Jan/Feb 1997
Theme: Intelligent Tools & Languages

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Getting Down to Cases: Seven Principles for an Effective CBR Strategy -- Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) is an important technology for organizations that seek to provide world-class service to their clientele. Philip Klahr details the principles for successfully implementing this technology.
Business Rules for the Object Model -- Object oriented design and analysis has an important ally -- the rules that constitute business knowledge. Jean-Marie Chauvet and Alan J. Lundberg show how the two can blend to produce effective models of business processes.
Adaptive Software -- Tody's computing environments place great strains on software and on software developers. Peter Norvig and David Cohn explore intelligent techniques that reduce the strain and increase effectiveness.
Intelligent Sales Configuration -- Charles Carson reports on Sales Configurators, a new class of tools that enables salespeople to deliver quotes quickly and reliably. The technology for this type of tool is based firmly on tried and true methods of applied AI.
Intelligent Web Search Engines -- Exciting developments are brewing at the University of Chicago's InfoLab. Robin Burke, Kristian Hammond, Benjamin Young, and Julia Kozlovsky discuss FAQFinder and FindMe, two InfoLab projects that will enable us to ferret out practical information that lurks in the Web.

Vendor's Forum - LEVEL5 Quest - Enterprise Modeling Server Carl Cook of BioComp Systems explains the thought process behind the development of the Enterprise Modeling Server, a business application of neural net technology.
Cybernautica - Virtual Reality is Virtually Here by Hal Berghel
Product Updates -----------------------------> 21 late breaking product announcements from around the world in the fields of:
  Case-Based Reasoning Conferences
  Decision Support Expert Systems
  Internet Knowledge-Based Systems
  Languages Modeling
  Publications Tools
PC AI Buyer's Guide -----------------------> Intelligent Tools Languages
Product Service Guide - Provides access to information on an entire category of products    
PC AI Blackboard - AI advertisers bulletin board    

Advertiser List for 11.1
AAAI Harlequin Ltd PC AI Internet Report
AbTech Corporation Hess Consulting Pinnacle Data Corporation
American Heuristics Corp Intelligent Machines Primenet Inc
Amzi! Inc ISoft Production Systems Tech
Applied Logic Systems Inc KnowledgeBroker Inc Soft Warehouse Inc
ATTAR Software USA LEVEL\5 - Level 5 Research StatSoft
BioComp Systems Inc Logic Programming Assoc Stellar Division
Brightware Inc Network Cybernetics Corp Teknowledge Corporation
California Scientific Software NeuralWare Inc The Haley Enterprise Inc
EXSYS Inc NeuroDimension Inc The Schwartz Associates
Finance & Technology Pub NeuronData Ward Systems Group Inc
Flexible Intelligence Group Original Systems  
Franz Inc OXKO Corporation  
Gensym PAEXPO97  


Now We Are Eleven

So we begin our second decade. It's a time for reflection on what we've done in the first. A look back at our inaugural issue shows that ten years ago we concentrated on the then-novel concept of Artificial Intelligence on Pcs. We surveyed AI languages that worked on personal computers, looked at AI applications that ran on desktops, and wondered if the Mac was ready for AI. (We decided, by the way, that it was.) We reviewed two versions of LISP, explored AI products that cost less than $100, and reviewed a couple of books that introduced AI concepts.
  Today, AI on Pcs (like everything else on Pcs) is not so novel. It pervades almost every type of application, making them intelligent and increasing their usefulness. Spreadsheets and statistical packages use neural networks to model all kinds of phenomena. Helpdesk systems use case-based reasoning to provide customer service. Web pages incorporate expert systems. Multimedia language-teaching packages recognize speech. MS Office 97 features natural language input to intelligent agents that help you as you work.
  Thus, AI has changed the way applications operate on Pcs. It's a two-way street: the PC has changed AI, too. Mainframe-based AI depended on textual input and often arcane languages. PC-based AI is grounded in graphical user interfaces, multifeatured application development environments, and user-friendly languages.
  Hardware evolution affects the way we look at the world of AI. The advent of supercharged, heavily muscled PCs allows us to concentrate on applications rather than on clever techniques which produce them. In this issue, we do just that, as we focus on successful applications of intelligent tools.
  Philip Klahr ("Getting Down to Cases") enumerates the principles to follow to successfully deploy a case-based reasoning system. Charles Carson ("Intelligent Sales Configuration") reports on a new kind of tool which helps salespeople gain a competitive advantage. Peter Norvig and David Cohn ("Adaptive Software") describe software development for complex computing environments. Jean-Marie Chauvet and Alan J. Lundberg ("Business Rules for the Object Model") show how the rules that characterize business knowledge can combine with object oriented analysis and design. The result? Software that captures business structure and operations.
  In "Intelligent Web Search Engines," University of Chicago InfoLab researchers Robin Burke, Kristian Hammond, Benjamin Young, and Julia Kozlovsky tell us about their ingenious applications for finding useful information that resides on the WWW. In our Vendor's Forum, Carl Cook puts the spotlight on "Enterprise Modeling Server," a business application of neural net technology. Technical Editor Hal Berghel's "Cybernautica" brings us face-to-virtual-face with the state of the art in Virtual Reality.
  Read these articles carefully. If trends hold, they'll likely form the lead-in for my editorial when we begin decade number three.
  Joseph Schmuller

Volume 11--------------------> Issue 1 (Jan/Feb 1997)   Volume 15 Index (2001)
  Issue 2 (Mar/Apr 1997)   Volume 14 Index (2000)
Issue 3 (May/Jun 1997)   Volume 13 Index (1999)
Issue 4 (Jul/Aug 1997)   Volume 12 Index (1998)
Issue 5 (Sep/Oct 1997)   Volume 11 Index (1997)
Issue 6 (Nov/Dec 1997)   Volume 10 Index (1996)
      Volume 9 Index (1995)
      Volume 8 Index (1994)

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