Integrating model-based diagnosis techniques into current work processes - three case studies from the INDIA project

Heiko Milde, Thomas Guckenbiehl, Andreas Malik, Bernd Neumann, Peter Struss

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Although the area of model-based diagnosis has developed a number of prototypes with impressive features that promised economic impact and, hence, caught industrial interest, the number of actual industrial applications is still close to zero. One of the reasons is that the successful techniques have not yet been turned into tools that reflect and support the current diagnostic work processes and their existing tools. The INDIA project joined eight German partners (research groups, software suppliers, and end users) in an attempt to take a major step in the transfer of model-based diagnosis techniques into industrial applications. This paper describes part of the work carried out in this project. Rather than presenting the theoretical foundations of the techniques in depth, we focus on the aspect of how model-based diagnostic techniques can be related to established tools and systems in order to provide some leverage for today's work processes and to change them gradually, as opposed to postulating a radical change in current practice and organizational structures. From this perspective, we discuss the utilization of modelbased techniques for the generation of fault trees for on-line testing and diagnosis of fork lifters, generation of test plans for an intelligent authoring system for car diagnosis manuals, and the exploitation of existing state-chart process descriptions for post-mortem diagnosis of processes in a dyeing plant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-123
Number of pages25
JournalAI Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000


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