Real-world Approaches to Artificial Intelligence - New Edition of Best-selling Book with Accompanying Software Packages

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LPA provides software packages to accompany a new edition of a leading best-selling textbook on artificial intelligence and its practical use.

The best-selling Intelligent Systems for Engineers and Scientists by Sheffield Hallam University pro vice-chancellor Professor Adrian Hopgood has been published in an updated third edition by Taylor & Francis, following global sales of around 20,000.

The book has a broad scope, incorporating knowledge-based systems, computational intelligence and their hybrids. Professor Hopgood has included a variety of examples that can be downloaded from his website. He has collaborated with LPA Ltd, whose Flex and Flint software packages can be downloaded free from his web site by readers of the book to run the example programs.

Clive Spenser, Marketing Director of LPA Ltd, said: "Professor Hopgood has managed to explain a wide variety of complex ideas in an accessible way. We are delighted to supply versions of LPA's software so readers can try out and experiment with the ideas presented in his book. This combination of easy-to-use world-class software plus coherent and well-explained guidance means novices and expert alike can experiment with and implement their own innovative, intelligent ideas."

Professor Hopgood said: "I think the book's success is partly down to its no-nonsense, applied approach to the principles of computing. The book covers all the main techniques of artificial intelligence and presents them in a practical context, so that the reader can quickly grasp how to apply them."

To find out more visit Professor Hopgood's website,

LPA offers an integrated range of tools for building intelligent rule-based systems. These tools support AI, logic-based programming, case-based reasoning, data mining, fuzzy logic, uncertainty handling, expert systems, visual programming and intelligent agents. This architecture provides a multi-layer approach to software development and integration.

LPA are based in London, England and were established in 1981 to exploit research being carried out at Imperial College. LPA website contains various demos and downloads:


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