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Volume 14, Issue 2
Mar/Apr 2000
Theme: Intelligent Web Applications & Object Oriented Development

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What's the Object?  Bringing Object Oriented Machine Intelligence to Web Hosted Applications Earl Cox explains how to add ntelligence to web-hosted applications by fusing object-oriented design with expert system technology.
Data Enhancement - Filtering for Neural Network Success Will Dwinnell examines a class of filtering tools to enhance data for use by neural networks and other analysis tools.
Web-Based Intelligent Tutoring Systems:  Using Rule-Based Models for Training Complex Skills Lance Sherry examines how artificial intelligence techniques are incorporated in web-based Intelligent Tutoring Systems to increase average student scores and reduce time-to-competence.
AI@Work Rule-based scheduling for satellite broadcast comprehension could reorganize the Internet, text retrieval engine is crucial to a Web-based document repository, Intelligent healthcare:  using artificial intelligence for predicting high risk outcomes, Natural intelligence technology and its applications.
Knowledge Management:  More than AI but Less Without It Dan Rasmus examines how AI, as the core technology for knowledge representation is now the key to knowledge discovery, automated taxonomies and collaboration around competencies to the new practice of knowledge management.
What's in a Name?  Overcoming the Unavoidable Error in Identity Data Michael Dunkerley explores issues that computer systems have with names and other identity data and illustrates how systems with intelligence may overcome these limitations.

Intelligence Files - Have Shingle, Will Sue by David Blanchard
AI and the Net - Future Thinking 2000 by Mary Kroening
The Book Zone - KDD-99 Proceedings and Machine Learning by Will Dwinnell
Product Updates -----------------------------> 16 late breaking product announcements from around the world in the fields of:
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  E-Commerce Intelligent Agents
  Intelligent E-Commerce Intelligent Tools
  Languages Modeling and Simulation
  Object Oriented Development Training
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While preparing for our Intelligent Web Applications and Object Oriented Development issue, I ran across this short application story1 circulating on the net (my apologies for those of you that may have already seen this).
  The reuse of some object-oriented code has caused tactical headaches for Australia's armed forces.  As virtual reality simulators assume larger roles in helicopter combat training, programmers have gone to great lengths to increase the realism of their scenarios, including detailed landscapes and - in the case of the Northern Territory's Operation Phoenix - herds of kangaroos (since disturbed animals might well give away a helicopter's position).  The head of the Defense Science and Technology Organization's Land Operations/Simulation division reportedly instructed developers to model the local marsupials' movements and reactions to helicopters.  Being efficient programmers, they just re-appropriated some code originally used to model infantry detachment reactions under the same stimuli, changed the mapped icon from a soldier to a kangaroo, and increased the figures' speed of movement.  Eager to demonstrate their flying skills for some visiting American pilots, the hotshot Aussies "buzzed" the virtual kangaroos in low flight during a simulation.  The kangaroos scattered, as predicted, and the visiting Americans nodded appreciatively . . . then did a double take as the kangaroos reappeared from behind a hill and launched a barrage of Stinger missiles at the hapless helicopter.  (Apparently the programmers had forgotted to remove that part of the infantry coding.)  The lesson?
  Objects are defined with certain attributes, and any new object defined in terms of an old one inherits all the attributes.  THe embarrassed programmers had learned to be careful when reusing object-oriented code, and the Yanks left with a newfound respect for Australian wildlife.  Simulator supervisors report that pilots from that point onward have strictly avoided kangaroos, just as they were meant to.
  This issue is packed with technical articles and application success stories (without the embarrassing lessons learned) - including some interesting new technologies.  Earl Cox leads off with "Bringing Object Oriented Machine Intelligence to Web-Hosted Applications," an article fusing OOD with expert system technology.  Will Dwinnell continues his series of articles with "Filtering for Neural Network Successs," an interestingm discussion on data filtering.  Lance Sherry took time from his fellowship with the RAND corporation to write "Web-Based Intelligent Tutoring Systems" where he discussed the use of rule-based models for training complex skills.  Dan Rasmus discusses how AI has always been the core technology for knowledge representation in the article "Knowledge Management:  More Than AI But Less Without It."  Now it is also the key technology that brings knokwledge discovery, automated taxnonomies and collaboration around competencies to the new practice of knowledge management.
  We hope you Enjoy this theme filled issue as much as we did preparing it.
  Terry Hengl Publisher 

1.  From June 15, 1999 Defense Science and Technology Organization Lecture Series, Melbourne, Australia, and staff reports

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