An Adaptive Process Management System (APMS)
The complexity of manufacturing systems and the emergence of truly global manufacturing enterprises mean that novel approaches are needed to realize enterprise integration. Specific challenges include the absence of (i) the theoretical foundations for enterprise integration and (ii) the mechanisms for knowledge sharing and semantic interoperability. This paper presents a process-centered approach for addressing these challenges, describing the theoretical foundations and concept of operation of an integrated architecture for process management: the Adaptive Process Management System (APMS). APMS facilitates information-integrated management of the Product Realization Process (PRP) from a life-cycle perspective.
Avian Influenza Datamining Using Environment, Epidemiology, and Etiology Surveillance and Analysis Toolkit (E3SAT)
The Environment, Epidemiology, and Etiology Surveillance and Analysis Toolkit (E3SAT) was developed in an Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) funded effort to study surveillance and data analysis capabilities for environmental issues, epidemics, and occupational safety data analysis. This paper presents the application of E3SAT technology for avian influenza data mining and surveillance with the goal of detecting the factors contributing to avian influenza outbreaks and predicting the countries and regions at risk.
Towards a Knowledge Discovery Wizard (KDW)
This paper describes the motivations and concept of operation for a Knowledge Discovery Wizard (KDW), an advanced architecture that facilitates robust decision-making using intelligent information analysis techniques. The KDW solution will allow end users to automate the generation of useful decision information for various decision support goals.
A Virtual Reality-Enhanced Integrated Process Design Environment (VR-IPDE)
This paper describes the architecture and concept of operation of a Virtual Reality-Enhanced Integrated Process Design Environment (VR-IPDE), a novel architecture for effectively applying Virtual Reality (VR) technology in the context of manufacturing system design. Virtual Prototyping (VP) and Simulation Based Design (SBD) have been used with increasing success in the application of Virtual Reality (VR) for the design and evaluation of complex systems on a computer. VP and SBD eliminate the need for building expensive ‘real’ prototypes and allow for design and analysis, using computer based techniques, at comparable levels of fidelity.
The WORKSIM® software is a knowledge based scheduling system that captures all relevant workload data including task precedence constraints, task priorities, task durations, resource availability schedules, etc. and, using this data, generates an optimal schedule of selected workloads. The generated schedules and reports allow you to analyze and resolve all resource or other scheduling conflicts among the tasks. Generated schedules can be exported to Microsoft® Project or Microsoft® Excel and show, for example, optimal start and finish dates for tasks and resource requirements per hour, shift, day, week, month, or year for all tasks in scheduled workloads.
The SMARTSTAT™ software is a Monte Carlo simulation tool that, operating in conjunction with Microsoft Excel®, provides decision-makers with quantitative assessments of variables and risk factors from the AIØ WIN® software. The SMARTSTAT™ software allows users to assign statistical characteristics to independent variables and, using simulation, track the statistical behavior of dependent parameters over several iterations.
The JACKALFISH® tool allows you to perform targeted semantic searches of disparate data sources using keywords, extracted phrases or paragraphs from target documents, common concepts, or defined ontology relationships. The JACKALFISH® tool applies ontology-assisted text mining and natural language processing methods in extracting knowledge from unstructured text sources.
Integrating ABC and Activity Modeling
Activity Based Costing (ABC) is a management tool that enables users to determine the actual costs associated with producing a product or service. Despite sounding straightforward, ABC is inherently complex, requiring practitioners to correctly identify and track costs, and to accurately proportion costs (both direct and indirect) to the activities that contribute to production.