This Is AuburnElectronic Theses and Dissertations

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Nobles, Kathryn

Type of Degree



Computer Science and Software Engineering


With the increasing aptitude of artificial intelligence and expert systems, new and innovative uses are being discovered. The objective of this research was to examine the use of an expert system to solve the problem of academic counseling. As the number of students on a college campus increases, the amount of time an advisor can dedicate to an individual student decreases. An intelligent interactive counseling system supported by a back-end database could decrease the amount of counseling time necessary for each student. When placed in an online environment, the system gains the ability to counsel numerous students simultaneously, in an environment comfortable to the student. This is an exploratory look at the time saved using an intelligent interactive counseling system.