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1 Ontology for Moving Points/Objects/Change... What can ontology contribute to our debate? Andrew U. Frank Geoinformation TU Vienna

2 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank From Moving Points to Moving Objects – an ontological contribution in 3 pieces: 1. andante : What should an ontology for moving objects contain? 2. largo : How to formalize an ontology for moving objects? 3. vivace : What can we achieve with it?

3 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Ontology today Ontology in information science is defined as “an explicit formal specification of the terms in the domain and relations among them”.

4 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Ontology captures structure Structure of the data is represented in is_a relations part_of relations Instance relations

5 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Two critical observations: 1. a static view: no process, no operations, nothing changes; 2. it is very difficult: imagine how difficult it is to describe the structure of a dish (e.g. apple pie) in contrast to the recipe (a description of a process)

6 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Discussing ontology means first discussing the formal methods to describe ontologies: Natural language descriptions of ontologies are not clarifying the semantics an ontology purports to clarify.

7 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Formal methods to describe ontologies (highly simplified): 1. Construct a particular formal language for the type of ontology you are interested in: - ontology for GIS - ontology for moving objects - ontology for flocks...

8 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Ontology languages 1: UML Informal, but extensive use: Uniform Modeling Language (UML) – limited by lack of formal definition – no conclusions drawn or consistency checked automatically. Tools (graphical editors) for UML are available: Nice, easy to use, flexible – but no formal background, therefore no fixed semantics, not much can be checked for consistency!

9 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Ontology languages 2: Description logics consists of A set of unitary predicates denote concept names A set of binary relations, which denote role names Recursive constructors to form more complex constructs from the concepts and roles.

10 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Many variants of Description Logics: Various DL with different levels of expressive power and computational complexity, depending which constructors are included: –union and intersections of concepts –negation of concepts –value (universal) restriction –existential restriction

11 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Actual languages: The Web Ontology Language OWL (the culmination from a sequence of KL-ONE (1985).... DAML, OIL, DAML+OIL). A compromise between expressive power and tractability of logical deductions (goal: consistent theory!) ‏ Practically: very limited and difficult to use.

12 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Example “Person - Gender”:

13 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Ontology editors, e.g. Protege Ontology editor based on description logic. Produces ontologies in different output languages (e.g. OWL-Light). Very difficult to use, very time consuming.

14 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Example: definition of pizza Gives list of incredients (structure) but not the process of baking one!

15 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Extend ontology descriptions with time, change, process Why is this difficult? 1. First order logic is essentially static, adding time - adds confusing bulk to expression: move (P, A, B, T) :- is_at (P, A, T1) & is_at (P, B, T2) & before (T1, T) & after (T2, T) ‏ - frame problem: need to state what does not change to allow logical inference

16 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank First order logic: Difficult to represent change and process in first order logic (complicated temporal logics would be needed) ‏

17 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Using existing languages for ontology modelling: Algebraic background, to be prepared to describe operations and change. Mathematical rigor and simplicity: functional languages.

18 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Example: Specification of classes “Boat House” and “Houseboat”. (Kuhn:Cosit'06) in Haskell (www.haskell.com) ‏www.haskell.com Gives: classes and subclasses operations for objects of these classes Semantics is defined by operations!

19 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Ontologies with operations is an object- oriented ontology! In an object orientation view the world consists of objects with operations! The object-oriented research in software engineering concentrates uses an algebraic approach to model object classes and operations applicable to the objects.

20 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Formalization Subclass: Dogs are Animals; they breath and bark: class Animals a where breath :: a -> StateChange World class Animals => Dogs d where bark :: d -> StateChange World eat :: d -> f -> StateChange World

21 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Programming with inheritance: The is_a relation does not translate directly to the operations. class Numbers n where division :: n -> n -> n instance Numbers Rational instance Numbers Int Int is subset of Rational

22 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank 2 nd Problem: Contravariance of Functions functions are contra-variant: applying a function to subsets of the arguments does not guarantee that the result will be a subset of the result of the original function.

23 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Solution Parametric polymorphism, as shown in the above example, where class Numbers n where... has a parameter n. The usual ad-hoc polymorphism of current programming languages (C++, Java) is not theoretically clean.

24 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Formalizing 1: Moving point a moving point is a list of tuples (fixes) ‏ t, x, y (,z) ‏ this is what most understand by trajectory, interpreting that the same point was observed at the given location at the given time.

25 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Formalizing 2: Moving point as a function a moving point is a function p (t) =... e.g. p (t) = (x 0 + v x * t, y 0 + v y * t) ‏ but using a lookup function in the list of fixes and interpolating between known locations can be written as a function as easily.

26 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Formalizing 3: Moving and changing objects an object can not only change position, but any other property (heading, speed, color, ownership...) ‏ Model each property as a function from time and objectID to value e.g. speed (ID, t) = v color (ID, t) = c

27 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Formalizing 4: Many changing objects in a world Populate a world with many objects which change (e.g. SWARM). How to check for interaction between objects, expressed formally! (Model objects as autonomous agents, with capabilities to obseve the world...) ‏

28 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Formalizing 5: Operations of objects produce change in the state of the world: operations for objects start with a state of the world and result in a changed new world state: op:: ID -> WorldState -> WorldState w1 := op (id, w0) ‏

29 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Formalizing with Monads: op :: ID -> ChangeWorldState (where ChangeWorldState = WorldState -> WorldState) ‏ The result of applying an operation to an object (and possible additional parameters) is a function, chaning the world from current state to a next state.

30 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Special Monad, so called State Monad: nice algebraic properties for the monad opereations “return” and “binb”: "return" must preserve all information about its argument. (return x) >>= f ≡ f x m >>= return ≡ m

31 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Special Monad, so called State Monad: Binding two functions in succession is the same as binding one function that can be determined from them. (m >>= f) >>= g ≡ m >>= (\x -> f x >>= g) ‏

32 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Special Monad, so called State Monad: A monad can define a "zero" value for every type. Binding a zero with any function produces the zero for the result type, just as 0 multiplied by any number is 0. mzero >>= f ≡ mzero Similarly, binding any m with a function that always returns a zero results in a zero m >>= (\x -> mzero) ≡ mzero

33 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Paradigm change necessary: Two traditions that are hindering temporal GIS and the necessary ontologies with processes: - logic (especially Description Logics) ‏ - Inheritance in (imperativ) programming languages (especially C++ and Java)

34 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Ontology description with algebra : operations are explicit changing state to new state t1 = f (t0) ‏ class hierarchy with parametrised polymorphism. Tools: functional programming languages (eg. Haskell, Caml, Scheme, ML) ‏

35 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Paradigm change must fix more than one problem! I have argued for a paradigm change in the methods to describe ontologies. Does this address other pressing problems?

36 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank An ontology based on operations could be used to more than just “clarify semantics”: The ontology gives a theory! Constructing a model checks that the model corresponds to our intuition. Formal ontologies should allow entering instances and observe their behaviour (e.g. Protege) ‏

37 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank How? The data structure part (static ontology) can be used to present the data – this is standard for administrative data processing. The operations described in the ontology give a computational model.

38 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Ontology with operations equals “prototype application” Test the ontology! Improve code where not appropriate. Ontology gives automatically (minimal, but standardized) interface. Slogan: GUI's from ontology for free! How? Translate the operations to buttons and feed the user input to them!

39 4. Nov. 2008Andew U. Frank Finale It is necessary and worthwhile to jump to a new paradigm and build ontologies with operations!


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