Modelling medical concepts as time-objects

  • E. T. Keravnou
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 934)


Time is intrinsically related to medical problem-solving in general. Modelling time from the perspective of computer-based, competent, solution derivation of real-life medical problems is a challenging undertaking. Starting from the premise that temporal reasoning is an integral aspect of medical problem-solving, necessary requirements for medical temporal reasoning are listed, the notion of a time-object is proposed as an appropriate ontological primitive for modelling medical concepts, and generic models for patient data, disorders, and actions based on time-objects are discussed.


Medical temporal reasoning time-object temporal granularity temporal uncertainty medical concepts knowledge engineering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. T. Keravnou
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of CyprusNicosiaCyprus

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