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A Framework for Applying Qualitative Spatial and Temporal Reasoning

Summary: A Framework for Applying Qualitative Spatial and
Temporal Reasoning
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Many application domains make extensive use of spatial and
temporal information. However, the numerical approaches
employed by most software tools have limitations, particularly
when information is vague or incomplete. To address this,
alternative qualitative spatial and temporal reasoning (QSTR)
methods have been developed, yet few applications have made
significant use of these techniques. In response to this we are
developing a framework that will support the application of QSTR
by allowing software developers to create custom qualitative
modelling systems. In this paper we compare our framework to
more standard toolbox approaches for QSTR application support.
We present fundamental principles of qualitative modelling, and
demonstrate, using an architectural lighting example, how these
principles provide a basis for creating qualitative modelling
systems that incorporate domain knowledge.
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Source: Amor, Robert - Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences