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A Representation Scheme for Description and Reconstruction of Object Configurations Based on Qualitative Relations
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

One reason Qualitative Spatial Reasoning (QSR) is becoming increasingly important to Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the need for a smooth ‘human-like’ communication between autonomous agents and people. The selected, yet general, task motivating the work presented here is the scenario of an object configuration that has to be described by an observer on the ground using only relational object positions. The description provided should enable a second agent to create a map-like picture of the described configuration in order to recognize the configuration on a representation from the survey perspective, for instance on a geographic map or in the landscape itself while observing it from an aerial vehicle. Either agent might be an autonomous system or a person. Therefore, the particular focus of this work lies on the necessity to develop description and reconstruction methods that are cognitively easy to apply for a person.

This thesis presents the representation scheme QuaDRO (Qualitative Description and Reconstruction of Object configurations). Its main contributions are a specification and qualitative classification of information available from different local viewpoints into nine qualitative equivalence classes. This classification allows the preservation of information needed for reconstruction nto a global frame of reference. The reconstruction takes place in an underlying qualitative grid with adjustable granularity. A novel approach for representing objects of eight different orientations by two different frames of reference is used. A substantial contribution to alleviate the reconstruction process is that new objects can be inserted anywhere within the reconstruction without the need for backtracking or rereconstructing. In addition, an approach to reconstruct configurations from underspecified descriptions using conceptual neighbourhood-based reasoning and coarse object relations is presented.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2008. 178 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1204
Keyword [en]
Qualitative Reasoning, Spatial Reasoning, Cognitive Modeling, Human-Machine Interaction, Coarse Reasoning, Artificial Intelligence
National Category
Computer Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12446 (URN)978-91-7393-823-5 (ISBN)oai:DiVA.org:liu-12446 (OAI)diva2:97 (DiVA)
Public defence
2008-09-29, Visionen, Hus B, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
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Available from2008-09-12 Created:2008-09-04 Last updated:2009-05-14Bibliographically approved

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