Application Keynote Lecture
Whatever happened to expert systems?
Colin Cadas and Badr Haque, Rolls-Royce
In 1989, the expert systems community knew there was too much hype: it was well publicized. We just didn't know “how much too much”. Yet even today, we look back and say “Whatever happened to Expert Systems?” – as if there was some sort of golden age and things have never been as good since – the way old people remember the weather.
So what is the truth? What really happened in the 1980s with expert systems? What went wrong and why? Has anything happened to “fix” expert systems since? What is the situation today? What will happen in the future? These are the questions we all attempt to answer.
Colin will give a historical look back from the point of view of industrial implementation, citing examples from within Rolls-Royce and outside, finishing with a look at the current state of the art within R-R and a look ahead to the future. Badr will complement this view with a look at a few real applications deployed within Rolls-Royce, discussing how they were developed, how they are used and what the benefits are.
Colin graduated from Cambridge University in 1985 in Engineering. He is a chartered engineer and a member of the British Computer Society.
Colin started his career 20 years ago in Rolls-Royce as a methods engineer developing nuclear containment for the company’s submarine business. Since then, he has worked extensively in knowledge acquisition, knowledge modelling, expert systems, real-time systems, artificial intelligence, software engineering, knowledge management, semantic web, and design engineering processes.
He is currently “company specialist – Knowledge Management” in Rolls-Royce. In this role, he is responsible for both the research and technology acquisition strategy in engineering knowledge management, and the knowledge management implementation and support strategy. This involves the acquisition, development and implementation of knowledge management techniques and practices across the company, working with all business units within Rolls-Royce to implement the best tools and techniques. Though the work has an engineering focus - the tools and techniques are deployed across the global Rolls-Royce engineering community (9000 people) and beyond.
His personal interests include music, sport and travel. As a lover of good food, Colin hates mayonnaise and other mayonnaise-like foods.
Few names are synonymous with outstanding quality, but Rolls-Royce is one of them. We are a global organisation, delivering exceptional power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air. Our international reputation for high standards is built on our aim to be the best in everything we do. From the high technology engineering for which we’re known, to the finance, human resources, marketing and other services that support our business, our aim is always excellence.
Knowledge is at the core of our business. Developing and supporting some of the world's most complex products requires the world's best knowledge. "Expert Systems", or what we call "Key Systems", play a vital role.