It is widely accepted that spatial reasoning plays a central role in artificial intelligence, for it has a wide variety of potential applications, e.g., in robotics, geographical information systems, and medical analysis and diagnosis. While spatial reasoning has been extensively studied at the algebraic level, modal logics for spatial reasoning have received less attention in the literature. In this paper we propose a new modal logic, called spatial propositional neighborhood logic (SpPNL for short) for spatial reasoning through directional relations. We study the expressive power of SpPNL, we show that it is able to express meaningful spatial statements, we prove a representation theorem for abstract spatial frames, and we devise a (non-terminating) sound and complete tableaux-based deduction system for it. Finally, we compare SpPNL with the well-known algebraic spatial reasoning system called rectangle algebra. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

A New Modal Logic for Spatial Reasoning about Space: Spatial Propositional Neighborhood Logics

SCIAVICCO, Guido
2007

Abstract

It is widely accepted that spatial reasoning plays a central role in artificial intelligence, for it has a wide variety of potential applications, e.g., in robotics, geographical information systems, and medical analysis and diagnosis. While spatial reasoning has been extensively studied at the algebraic level, modal logics for spatial reasoning have received less attention in the literature. In this paper we propose a new modal logic, called spatial propositional neighborhood logic (SpPNL for short) for spatial reasoning through directional relations. We study the expressive power of SpPNL, we show that it is able to express meaningful spatial statements, we prove a representation theorem for abstract spatial frames, and we devise a (non-terminating) sound and complete tableaux-based deduction system for it. Finally, we compare SpPNL with the well-known algebraic spatial reasoning system called rectangle algebra. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
2007
Morales, Antonio; Navarrete, Isabel; Sciavicco, Guido
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