Soft Decision Assistant



Objectives achieved:

Developed a device which allows the simple weighing of evidence based on a strong formal and theoretical foundation of the Dempster-Shafer Theory, but with greatly enhanced usability, to be used to make choices between competing hypotheses (decisions). A usable software prototype was developed for this.

Market Survey obtained for value of software as component of control system in adaptive hardware or software system. Outcomes: Patent applied for; Uptake in a commercial software product Software basis of award in 2005 at Cambridge University.

Software basis of award in 2005 at Cambridge University.

BCS Machine Intelligence Prize 2005

A permanent trophy awarded for one year plus a cash prize sponsored by Electrolux.

Awarded for a live demonstration of 'Progress Towards Machine Intelligence'.
The competition was held on Tuesday December 13th 2005 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge, UK during the annual SGAI conference AI-2005.

  • The prize was awarded on the basis of a 10-15 minute live demonstration
  • The demonstration could be of either software (e.g. a question-answering system or a speech recognition system) or hardware (e.g. a mobile robot).
  • The prize was awarded to the demonstration that in the opinion of the judges best demonstrated 'progress towards an intelligent machine'.

    Other details

  • Period: August 2005 - January 2007
  • Type: Research Project
  • Status: Completed
  • Funding Body: Invest NI, 136699.00

    Personnel Involved (UK)

  • Prof David Bell
  • Dr QingXiang Wu (researcher)
  • Marcel Ono (researcher)