Wolfram Computation Meets Knowledge

Wolfram Summer School


Erik Halvordsson

Summer School

Class of 2014


Erik Halvordsson holds an MS in engineering physics from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Since graduation in 2003, Erik has worked with sales and marketing in the semiconductor- and factory-automation industry.

He now works for HMS Industrial Networks, a provider of communication technology for factory and process automation devices. At HMS, Erik leads a number of projects aimed at evaluating and commercializing new technologies and business models for the company.

“I am here to get a deep introduction to the fundamental ‘NKS approach’, which I think can be applied to an extremely wide variety of problems and situations. In particular, I am interested in understanding how ‘knowledge-based computation’ and other technologies from Wolfram Research could be applied to our type of products and services. On a personal note, after more than 10 years of selling things, the summer school also means that I get an opportunity to reconnect with science and focus on a specific subject for a few weeks.”

Project: Exploring possibilities of the Wolfram Language for automating error searches on devices

My project aims at testing how the Wolfram technologies can be used to automate diagnosis of a device in a field installation. This is a very manual process today, where an expert engineer needs to gather information from his/her experience, manuals, web pages, and experts at the device supplier in order to, for example, install or troubleshoot a device. My vision is that this type of operation will be fully automated in the future, guided by some kind of knowledge engine that is able to understand both machine data and human language.

The project will be a first step into building a prototype for how such a system could be built, and the first step is to create a functional description of a device. The goal is to build a prototype that can:

  • showcase the basic idea to a non-technical audience and potential users
  • help us understand the key technologies and efforts needed to commercialize such a solution

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