ISLE, IPM, etc.

The Institute for the Study of Learning and Expertise (ISLE) is Dr. Pat Langley's nonprofit research organization:

The Institute for the Study of Learning and Expertise (ISLE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to research and education in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science. ISLE is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and NASA Ames Research Center. These grants support research on transfer of learned knowledge, computational aids for scientific discovery in biology and Earth science, and learning from traces of expert behavior.

Inductive Process Modeling

ISLE's Inductive Process Modeling (IPM) project, in particular, has an interesting and potentially very useful goal:

This project aims to develop a framework that unifies two separate but central themes in information technology -- computational simulation of models to explain important phenomena and computational induction of knowledge from observed regularities in data. ...

The trainable simulation environment will let Earth scientists search the space of candidate models systematically, producing more accurate models in much less time. Moreover, the novel computational methods should aid model construction in other fields like systems biology and engineering.

SC-IPM (Structural Constraints for Inductive Process Modeling) is the current incarnation of the IPM suite. It adds structural constraints (eg, which generic process models can be combined with which others) to Inductive Process Modeling, reducing the "search space" that the code needs to explore.

Starting in June 2013, I have been helping ISLE with the SC-IPM project. This web is my work area; don't trip over a box!

- Rich Morin


Here are some resource pages for IPM in general and SC-IPM in particular.


  • The IPM Concepts pages present key concepts that prospective modelers need to understand.

  • The IPM Models pages present annotated samples of models for various problem domains.

  • The IPM Packaging page contains a discussion of packaging and distribution issues for the SC-IPM suite.

  • The IPM Papers page contains summary information and links to papers (etc) on Inductive Process Modeling.

  • The IPM Timeline page presents a historical overview of Inductive Process Modeling's (decade-long!) history.


  • The IPM Lab pages discuss plans for a modular and extensible "workbench" for IPM research.


  • The MSEAS ATL is a collaborative project to demonstrate Advanced Transfer Learning in the context of a (2D, simulated) oceanographic environment.


  • The SC-IPM Manual is mostly a walk-through of SC-IPM's user interface.


This wiki page is maintained by Rich Morin, an independent consultant specializing in software design, development, and documentation. Please feel free to email comments, inquiries, suggestions, etc!

Topic revision: r51 - 16 Aug 2014, RichMorin
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