Challenges for Action Theories

  • Michael Thielscher

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1775)

Also part of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence book sub series (LNAI, volume 1775)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Pages 119-124
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 125-138

About this book


A logic-based approach to the design of computing systems would, undoubtedly, offer many advantages over the imperative paradigm most commonly applied so far for programming and hardware design and, consequently, logic, again and again, has been heralded as the basis for the next generation of computer systems. While logic and formal methods are indeed gaining ground in many areas of computer science and artificial intelligence the expected revolution has not yet happened. In this book the author offers a convincing solution to the ramification problem and qualification problem associated with the frame problem and thus contributes to a satisfactory solution of the core problem and related challenges. Thielscher bases his approach on the fluent calculus, a first-order Prolog-like formalism allowing for the description of actions and change.


AI-Logic Evolution Formal Logic Prolog action theories artificial intelligence deduction formal methods frame problem intelligence logic logic-programming mathematical logic ramification problem robotics

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Thielscher
    • 1
  1. 1.Computational LogicTechnische Universität Dresden InformatikDresdenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-67455-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-45596-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0302-9743
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