Contribution to the design of an expert system interface

  • Françoise Noël
  • Sophie Piette

Student thesis: Master typesMaster in Computer science


The last ten years correspond to a widespread diffusion of computer applications to the destination of users who are not specialists in computer science. ln particular, a lot of researches have made possible the designing of systems supporting the decisional process in various demains. These systems, among which some are called expert systems, become more and more powerful and concern an increasing part of the population. By this way, they have highlighted the need of ergonomie interfaces for the people responsible for the input of human expertise in such systems (e.g. the analysts) but aise for their end-users. This dissertation is directly related to that perspective in this sense that it presents a conception and specification process for an interface which supports the needs of an anlyst busy with the development of expert systems. Concretely, the evoked process is built on the base of a particular expert system called K-Expert. To reach these aims, this work takes into account various theoretical but aise empirical elements. All of them contribute to the definition of the profile and tasks of a typical analyst but also to the selection of physical units supporting the man-machine interaction. These units satisfy to a minimum set of ergonomie concerns. Finally, an implementation architecture is also proposed for interactive applications such as the building of an expert system.
Date of Award1989
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Namur
SupervisorFrancois Bodart (Supervisor)

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