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An Introduction to Neural Computing for the Structural Engineer

Somewhat surprisingly, the artificial neural network has been studied for more than 50 years. It has recently experienced a ‘surge’ in popularity and is now one of the most rapidly expanding areas of research in computing across many disciplines. The importance given to the subject is evident in the Department of Trade & Industry’s Neural Computing Technology (NCT) Transfer Programme. Some recently announced applications include topics as diverse as machine health monitoring, pension fund management, monitoring and diagnostic techniques for water treatment plant, automatic railbed inspection, quality control and prediction in fibre manufacture (and in whisky production!), and power demand prediction. The list is almost endless since new applications are appearing continually. Professor W.M. Jenkins

Author(s): Jenkins, W M

Keywords: computers;neural network;applications;testing;worked examples