Department Of Knowledge Engineering
and Expert System Building Tools
This department conducts studies and performs research in the areas of knowledge elicitaion in different agricultural fields. It is also responsible for developing new methodologies, automating these methodologies, and
developing tools for building expert systems. User interface development and
Arabic language processing are also among the activities of this department.
The Department is divided into a research unit of Knowledge Methodologies and a research unit of Expert system Building tools and User Interfaces .
This unit is responsible for developing and maintaining knowledge engineering methodologies, including:
knowledge acquisition techniques, knowledge modeling, verification and validation, knowledge base
maintenance, and automation of methodologies.
The refinement of expert systems building tools which facilitate the development and the dissemination of
agricultual expert systems, is this unit's primary responsibility. In addition, the unit conducts research for the
development of better user interfaces that would incorporate graphics, images, sound, video, and other media.
The unit has recently developed a Netscape plugin for SICStus Prolog as a first step towards making the expert systems developed at CLAES available on the Internet.
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