Ontological Modularity and Spatial Diversity

John Bateman, Stefano Borgo, Klaus Lüttich, Claudio Masolo, Till Mossakowski

In: Spatial Cognition & Computation - An Interdisciplinary Journal 7 1 Seiten 97-128 Taylor & Francis 2007.


In this paper we propose that adequate treatments of space need to be multiperspectival and related to sound foundational ontologies. To support this, we show that natural spatial descriptions commonly appeal to diverse theories of space and these need to be formally combined to be fully interpreted. Our account draws particularly on the foundational ontology DOLCE and the algebraic specification language CASL. We show how the structuring mechanisms of CASL suggest mechanisms for both building and combining multiperspectival ontologies of space. We also suggest that these mechanisms provide a natural link both with currently emerging cognitive principles such as blending and with developments in ontology mediation and mapping.

Weitere Links

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence