Intelligent Computer-Aided Engineering

  • Kenneth D. Forbus


The goal of intelligent computer-aided engineering (ICAE) is to construct computer programs that capture a significant fraction of an engineer's knowledge. Today, ICAE systems are a goal, not a reality. This article attempts to refine that goal and suggest how to get there. We begin by examining several scenarios of what ICAE systems could be like. Next we describe why ICAE won't evolve directly from current applications of expert system technology to engineering problems. I focus on qualitative physics as a critical area where progress is needed, both in terms of representations and styles of reasoning.