Home Entertainment Configuration demo using 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.
is available in collaboration with Chris Welty at Vassar.
For more information
Deborah L. McGuinness
Lori Alperin Resnick
Updated 23 July 1998 by
Peter F. Patel-Schneider