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Physical Science, Measurement and Instrumentation, Management and Education, IEE Proceedings A

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J. Korn ; Fac. of Eng., Sci. & Math., Middlesex Polytech., London, UK

Engineering knowledge has evolved into the traditional disciplines of electrical/electronic, mechanical/production and civil engineering, and it is strongly science-based. Engineering activity concerned with converting resources into forms suitable for use, suggests that engineering knowledge ought to be systems and design oriented. The author describes the factors which are thought to facilitate development in this direction. In particular, the notion of a 'system' is defined in relation to the logic of explanation, and statements which describe the 'physics' of systems are formulated. The use of natural language, suitably processed as a modelling technique leading to the application of Prolog, is described. An engineering systems theory including control, which is based on the pertinent principles of physics, is explained. A framework required for the development of systems component knowledge is outlined. A systems and product design method using natural language and Prolog is described.<>

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IEE Proceedings A - Physical Science, Measurement and Instrumentation, Management and Education  (Volume:136 ,  Issue: 2 )