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Computers Intelligence (ai) & Semantics

Knowledge in Action

Logical Foundations for Specifying and Implementing Dynamical Systems

by (author) Raymond Reiter

Publisher
MIT Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2001
Category
Intelligence (AI) & Semantics
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780262527002
    Publish Date
    Jul 2001
    List Price
    $54.00

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Description

Specifying and implementing dynamical systems with the situation calculus.

Modeling and implementing dynamical systems is a central problem in artificial intelligence, robotics, software agents, simulation, decision and control theory, and many other disciplines. In recent years, a new approach to representing such systems, grounded in mathematical logic, has been developed within the AI knowledge-representation community.

This book presents a comprehensive treatment of these ideas, basing its theoretical and implementation foundations on the situation calculus, a dialect of first-order logic. Within this framework, it develops many features of dynamical systems modeling, including time, processes, concurrency, exogenous events, reactivity, sensing and knowledge, probabilistic uncertainty, and decision theory. It also describes and implements a new family of high-level programming languages suitable for writing control programs for dynamical systems. Finally, it includes situation calculus specifications for a wide range of examples drawn from cognitive robotics, planning, simulation, databases, and decision theory, together with all the implementation code for these examples. This code is available on the book's Web site.

About the author

Raymond Reiter is Professor and Co-Director of the Cognitive Robotics Project in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto.

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