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Christine Keenan <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 8 May 1997 09:58:51 +0100
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 If you wish to attend Prof. Diaper's inaugural lecture then please
 request a reservation as soon as possible as numbers are limited.
 There will be a chance to question Prof. Diaper after his lecture
 and a reception will be held afterwards.

                Christine Keenan

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 Inaugural Lecture.  6:30pm, Thursday 29th. May, 1997.



                              Process Thinking


                         Dan Diaper , Ph.D., MBCS
                Professor of Systems Science and Engineering

                    Head of the Department of Computing
                 School of Design, Engineering and Computing
                            Bournemouth University


       ``It is ambition enough to be employed as an under-labourer
        in clearing the ground a little, and removing some of
        the rubbish which lies in the way to knowledge.''
                                             John Locke, 1632-1704


 ``Process Thinking'' provides an alternative way of dealing with the
 world from traditional, Western philosophical approaches without
 recourse to Eastern mysticism, New Age-ism or other such exotica.
 A particular process thinking model has been developed, based on the
 following five concepts:

   Process   Relativity   Consciousness   Functionality   Systems

 The process thinking model will be illustrated by retroactively
 applying it to research on:

 * Experimental Cognitive Psychology;
 * Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Neural Nets;
 * Task Analysis in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
                                 and Software Engineering;
 * Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Intelligent
                                 User-Computer Interfaces;
 * Speech Recognition and Synthesis;
 * Expert/Knowledge Based Systems (KBS) and Knowledge Elicitation;
 * Multimedia User Interface Design (UID), Hypertext and Expertext;
 * Software Quality Assurance (QA);
 * Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Groupware;
 * Business Process Reengineering (BPR);
 * Global Computing.

 The process thinking model will also be applied to  examples from
 everyday life  because once a person acquires a process
 thinking approach then it will have profound effects on
 their perception and behaviour.  This will be so because
 process thinking provides radically different views and solutions
 that are sufficiently powerful that they seduce their
 owners into applying the approach to everything.  Furthermore,
 it is not clear if the intellectual discomfort currently
 associated with process thinking is because: (i) it differs
 from previously learned Western logical traditions; (ii) it's
 lonely thinking differently from nearly everyone else; or
 (iii) it is inherently uncomfortable.

 As a demonstration of the claimed power of the process thinking
 approach, a system design will be presented as a means of
 increasing the domestic computer market .

  * The Jeeves System is a proposal for the design of a domestic
 computer system that is novel and represents to industry and
 commerce a completely new, multi-billion, international market.

 * Jeeves will be presented as a research and development programme
 along with closely tied manufacturing and marketing plans, all
 scoped to a variety of investment levels.


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Christine Keenan [log in to unmask]

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