Home Entertainment Configuration demo using Classic

Classic has been used extensively in configuration applications in the PROSE and QUESTAR family of products. The task is to generate a list of components that can be put together to form a complete, functioning final product meeting customer specifications (which is no small feat in complicated transmission products). This application demonstrates a similar reasoning task but in the much simpler, more familiar domain of home entertainment systems. This application asks a few questions about the type of system the user desires, and then uses Classic to generate a specification of all the necessary and optional system components. It then presents an interactive graphical presentation of the system allowing the user to view the parts list, query options for particular components, further customize parts, ask for explanations of Classic's decisions, explore hypothetical scenarios, ask for suggestions, etc.

An extended version of `` Description Logic in Practice: A CLASSIC Application'' (appearing in Proceedings of the 1995 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, August 1995) is available on-line in HTML. It features screen shots of the Home Entertainment System Configuator and walks through several examples. We have also just written a paper showing how description logics provide a nice basis for configuration systems such as stereo configurators or larger telecommunications configurators.

There is now a web-based version of the stereo configurator available. The demonstration is available in collaboration with Chris Welty at Vassar.

References

  • Deborah L. McGuinness, Lori Alperin Resnick, and Charles Isbell. ``Description Logic in Practice: A CLASSIC Application'' in Proceedings of the 1995 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, August 1995.
  • Deborah L. McGuinness and Jon R. Wright. ``An Industrial Strength Description Logic-based Configurator Platform,'' IEEE Intelligent Systems, Vol. 13, No. 4, July/August 1998, pp. 69-77. abstract
  • Deborah L. McGuinness and Jon Wright. ``Conceptual Modeling for Configuration: A Description Logic-based Approach.'' Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis, and Manufacturing Journal - special issue on Configuration. 1998. Abstract
  • For more information write to Deborah L. McGuinness (dlm@research.att.com) or Lori Alperin Resnick (resnick@research.att.com).
    Updated 23 July 1998 by Peter F. Patel-Schneider