The computer information system combines the features of a data base management
system (DBMS), some artificial intelligent (A.I.) techniques and the computer
language C into one integrated system capable of handling a variety of data and
knowledge types available in the area of laser materials processing (LMP).
Experimental data and general guideline data and knowledge are stored in data
bases using the DBMS. Models for parameter prediction and process simulation are
implemented in the computer language C. Some heuristic reasoning rules are
implemented to handle the searching of general knowledge and experimental data
from the data bases. A so-called "control center", which is implemented in
Prolog, functions as a shell, providing an interactive user environment and
guiding the user in accessing different parts of the system.