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Volume 8, Issue 1
Jan/Feb 1994
Theme: Intelligent Applications

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Automatic Speech Recognition - Fundamentals, Facts, and Fallacies -- Judith Markowitz introduces the fundamentals, facts, and fallacies of an increasingly popular intelligent technology.
AI in Business and Management - Accounting and Auditing -- Merrill Warkentin and Saeed Roohani discuss intelligent software packages for accounting and auditing.
A New Approach to Speech Translation - Massive Parallelism Meets the Real World -- Steve Eisenberg reports on a parallel processor-based system for translating English to Japanese.
Collective Learning Systems III - Applications of ALISA -- Glenn Becker and Peter Bock conclude their three-part series on intelligent systems that learn about the visual world.
Expert Systems: An Overview of the Field -- John Durkin outlines the applications of the most successful intelligent technology.
Managing Expert Systems - A New Undergraduate Curriculum -- Lyle Wilcox, Jay Liebowitz, Richard Roberds, and Ed Mahler describe the importance of intelligent systems to strategic technology that underpins the College of Integrated Science and Technology's (CISAT's) evolving program.
Neural Nets and Gymnastics - Recognizing Errors in Athletic Performance -- Willam Sands, Barry Schultz, and Daniel Paine report on a neural network they built to analyze athletic performance.

Review - Level5 Object - Release 3.0 Level Five Research, a subsidiary of Information Builders, Inc. has been building expert systems since 1984. This objected oriented Windows-based package is also an intelligent database and client/server frontend.
Review - @Brain - The Lotus Position Talon Development Corporation's neural net development tool which works with Lotus 1-2-3.

The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design

Product Updates -------------------------> 29 late breaking product announcements from around the world in the fields of:
  AI Tools Expert Systems Development
  Genetic Algorithms Helpdesk Automation
  Image Processing Languages
  Neural Networks Object Oriented Development
  Publications Voice and Speech Recognition
PC AI Buyer's Guide ---------------------> Case-Based Reasoning Hardware
  Intelligent Tools  
Product Service Guide - Provides access to information on an entire category of products    
PC AI Blackboard - AI advertisers bulletin board    

Advertiser List for 8.1
AAAI `94/IAAI `94 High-Tech Communications Reduct Systems Inc
AbTech Corporation HyperLogic Corporation SAC `94
Amziod IEEE World Congress Soft Warehouse Inc
Berard Software Engineering Inc Information Builders Southern Scientific
California Scientific Software Logic Programming Assoc Ltd STATUTE Technologies Inc
CECASE University of Kansas Man Machine Interfaces Inc Talon Development Corporation
Cimflex Teknowledge Corporation NeuralWare Inc TERANET IA Inc
Cincom Systems Inc Neuron Data The Haley Enterprise Inc
DB Expo '94 NIBS Pte Ltd The Schwartz Associates
EXSYS Inc OKCO Corporation TRIMMer Software Co
Gold Hill Inc Pinnacle Data Corporation Ward Systems Group Inc
Hess Consulting Quintus Corporation WordTech Systems Inc


Looking Forward - And Back

As we begin our eighth year, a look at where we're going is in order -- as well as a look at where we've come from. When PC AI started, intelligent technology on affordable hardware was a novelty -- a quaint idea that many looked upon with amusement, some with question, and a few with downright scorn. After all, those desktop machines were little more than game-playing devices: people couldn't use them for serious work, could they?

Happily, the microcomputer world has flourished and our field has flourished along with it. Microcomputer-based expert system shells and neural network development packages abound, and other intelligent technology environments operate on personal computers. Connecting these technologies with mainstream software like spreadsheets and databases already makes life easier for people in a variety of endeavors. Connecting AI with multimedia holds great promise.


The hardware, of course, has made strides we couldn't have imagined when our first issue appeared. No longer confined to desktops, today's computers travel in our briefcases, sit in our laps, and do their work in the palms of our hands. Portable pen-based machines which recognize handwriting make interacting with a computer less cumbersome and more natural than ever before. Our new subtitle "Intelligent Solutions for Today's Computers" reflects these trends.


We start the year with articles that represent an array of intelligent technologies. We cover systems that extend our senses, judgements, and decision-making capabilities. Our Feature Article, Judith Markowitz's "Automatic Speech Recognition", introduces you to the potentially hottest technology of the 90s -- a technology starting to appear in everyday hardware. Also in the speech realm, Steve Eisenberg describes researcher Hiroaki Kitano's parallel processor-based system for translating English into Japanese ("A New Approach to Speech Translation"). Moving from speech to vision, Glenn Becker and Peter Bock present applications of ALISA, an adaptive machine vision system which learns specific tasks ("Collective Learning Systems III"). Another type of adaptive system, a neural network for recognizing errors in athletic performance, is the subject of William Sands, Barry Schultz and Daniel Paine's "Neural Nets and Gymnastics."


"Expert Systems: An Overview of the Field" John Durkin summarizes the roles that expert systems play in the real world. In this issue's installment of "Managing Expert Systems" Lyle Wilcox, Jay Liebowitz, Richard Roberds, and Ed Mahler report on the roles expert systems play in an innovative undergraduate curriculum. In the latest installment of "AI in Business and Management", Merrill Warkentin and Saeed Roohani discuss expert systems for accountants and auditors. Steven Oxman rounds out our expert system-related features with a review of the latest release of LEVEL5 OBJECT.


A software review and a book review complete this first issue of our eighth year. Seth Flanders reviews @BRAIN, the neural net development package from Talon Development Corporation. Andrew Stevenson reviews Brenda Laurel and S. Joy Mountford's The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design.


These articles and reviews show how our world is changing and how the technology is evolving. No matter how far or how fast things move ahead, however, our goal remains the same: PC AI will bring you the latest information on intelligent technology and how it solves important everyday problems -- information you can use to meet the challenges you face.


Let's have a great year.


Joseph Schmuller

Volume 8 ---------------------> Issue 1 (Jan/Feb 1994)   Volume 15 Index (2001)
  Issue 2 (Mar/Apr 1994)   Volume 14 Index (2000)
Issue 3 (May/Jun 1994)   Volume 13 Index (1999)
Issue 4 (Jul/Aug 1994)   Volume 12 Index (1998)
Issue 5 (Sep/Oct 1994)   Volume 11 Index (1997)
Issue 6 (Nov/Dec 1994)   Volume 10 Index (1996)
      Volume 9 Index (1995)
      Volume 8 Index (1994)

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