A human-assisted knowledge extraction method for machining operations

A. M.M.Sharif Ullah, Khalifa H. Harib

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This paper deals with a human-assisted knowledge extraction method to extract "if...then..." rules from a small set of machining data. The presented method utilizes both probabilistic reasoning and fuzzy logical reasoning to benefit from the machining data and from the judgment and preference of a machinist. Using the extracted rules, one can determine the values of operational parameters (feed, cutting velocity, etc.) to ensure the desired machining performance (keep surface roughness within the stipulated range (e.g., moderate)). Applying the presented method in a real-life machining knowledge extraction situation and comparing it with the inductive learning based knowledge extraction method (i.e., ID3), the usefulness of the method is demonstrated. As the concept of manufacturing automation is shifting toward "how to support humans by computers", the presented method provides some valuable hints to the developers of futuristic computer integrated manufacturing systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-350
Number of pages16
JournalAdvanced Engineering Informatics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006


  • Computer integrated manufacturing
  • Fuzzy logic
  • Human intelligence
  • Knowledge extraction
  • Machining data
  • Probabilistic reasoning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence


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