The AIAI Seminar Series in association with the SSP group of DAI
March 18th, Wednesday, 3pm-4pm
Department of Artificial Intelligence, 80 South Bridge, Room F13


Evaluation of a Domain-Specific Model Synthesiser

Alberto Castro

One way of devising domain-specific design methods is by reconstructing an example in the domain using the target method; then generalising the design structures to cover a class of designs in the domain and then building an environment in which these structures may more easily be re-applied to new problems. TeMS (Techniques-based Model Synthesiser) is a result of using that approach with animal population dynamics models as the domain and Prolog Programming Techniques as the target method. TeMS supports model construction by automatically synthesising models from users' specifications.
In order to gauge how well TeMS might support people in modelling, I have carried out an user evaluation of the tool using subjects from the ecological modelling community.In this talk I will give an overview of the project and describe in more detail the evaluation stage and some results from it.