The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) was formed in 1973 to apply advanced science and technology for the benefit of its member utilities and their customers. Funded through voluntary contributions by some 700 member utilities, EPRrs work covers a wide range of technologies related to the generation, delivery, and use of electricity, with special attention paid to cost-effectiveness and environmental concerns. By far the majority of EPRI research is devoted to the development of products and procedures for the immediate use of its members. However, a portion of its effort, managed by the Office of Exploratory and Applied Research, is directed toward exploring new technological ideas, pursuing advanced concepts, and fostering areas of science with potential for breakthroughs. Current and planned investigations include research in several areas of artificial intelligence and parallel processing including adaptive computation and uniquely parallel algorithms.