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Debra Anderson, Charles Ortiz

AALPS: a knowledge-based system for aircraft loading


The automated air load planning system (AALPS) – a knowledge-based expert system using the expertise of highly trained loadmasters – helps users perform the complex task of loading military cargo planes. SRI developed the system through close interaction with users and domain experts; the Army now employs it daily. In this article, we (1) describe the complex set of constraints driving the AALPS planning function, (2) outline the step sin the system’s development, (3) review the problem representation and reasoning methods used, and (4) discuss the system’s success as shown by its widespread use.

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