Features and Fluents: The Representation of Knowledge about Dynamical Systems

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Techniques for reasoning about actions and change in the physical world are among the classic research topics in artificial intelligence, motivated by the needs of autonomous robots which must be able to anticipate future developments and analyze problems. This monograph presents a novel methodology for such reasoning. It is based on a systematic approach for identifying the exact range of applicability of a given logic, as opposed to traditional methods based on proposing new logic variants supported by episodical examples. For a number of previously proposed logics, as well as for some new ones, this work characterizes exactly the class of those reasoning tasks where the logic results in the intended set of conclusions, and the class were it does not. The book will be a necessary resource for researchers in knowledge representation, cognitive robotics, and intelligent control. It can also be recommended as a graduate-level text in these fields, especially in light of its emphasis on a strict and systematic methodology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198538455
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: Oxford Logic Guides Series, #30
  • Edition description: 001
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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Linkoping University
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Table of Contents

1 Inert and inhabited dynamical systems 1
2 Inference operations on scenario descriptions 31
3 Underlying semantics for IDS worlds 63
4 Elementary feature logic and meta-logical concepts 83
5 Lexical-domain object-feature logic 100
6 Temporal feature logic for discrete time domains 116
7 Chronicle completion in K-IA 147
8 Intended models for chronicles in K-IA 169
9 Entailment methods for K-IA using DFL-1 194
10 Duration constraints 217
11 Entailment methods for K-IA using occlusion 232
12 Composite actions 261
13 Upper applicability bounds and assessment of soundness 276
14 Future directions 292
A Term index 297
B Notation 311
C References to related work 321
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