The Committee on Computer Applications to Geology recently conducted a research conference entitled, “Knowledge-Based Geologic Information Systems.” Most speakers were experts from outside the industry, who were invited to discuss new techniques for combining uncertain knowledge from multiple sources and compiling economic and geologic information. Other topics included the relational aspects of organizing geographic information for spatial display of petroleum data, well spotting, and remote sensing.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is defined by Ed Feigenbaum of Stanford University as “a subfield of computer science concerned with the concepts and methods of symbolic inference by a computer and the symbolic representation of...

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