From: Sheila McIlraith <sheila@cs.toronto.edu>

Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2003 15:42:40 -0500

To: www-rdf-rules@w3.org

Cc: daml-process@bbn.com

Message-Id: <03Dec17.154242edt.453294-19219@jane.cs.toronto.edu>

Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2003 15:42:40 -0500

To: www-rdf-rules@w3.org

Cc: daml-process@bbn.com

Message-Id: <03Dec17.154242edt.453294-19219@jane.cs.toronto.edu>

Hi all, The following question arose from an OWL-S [1] Coalition discussion regarding development of a process model for Web services (WS). OWL alone is not sufficiently expressive to capture all and only the intended interpretations of a WS process model, and we're investigating whether SWRL may be. To this end, we are asking whether we can axiomatize a situation calculus [2] domain theory in SWRL. The situation calculus calculus is a first-order logical language for reasoning about action and change. It has proven sufficiently expressive for axiomatizing a Web service process model, and we wondered whether such a process model could be expressed in SWRL. If not, can SWRL be extended to axiomatize a situation calculus domain theory? To this end, the following is an example of an axiom we would like to encode: Forall x. Forall s. holding(x,do(a,s)) iff [(a=pickup(x)) V (holding(x,s) & (a neq putdown(x))] Legend: - do is a function that maps actions (a) and situations (s) into new situations (s). - V is "or" - neq is "not equal" - iff is "if and only if" This axiom says <a robot is> holding x in the situation resulting from performing action a in situation s (i.e., "do(a,s)") if and only if - the action was "pickup(x)" OR - <the robot was> holidng x is situation s, and the action was not "putdown(x)" [1] OWL-S is the an OWL ontology for services http://www.daml.org/sevices [2] The situation calculus is a first-order language for reasoning about action and change. It can originally be credited to McCarthy and Hayes. Reiter was central in extending the language and renewing interest in its use. "Knowledge in Action: Logical Foundations for Specifying and Implementing Dynamic Systems" Raymond Reiter, 2001, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. Thanks, Sheila ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Sheila McIlraith Department of Computer Science University of Toronto Toronto, Canada M5S 3H5 sheila@cs.toronto.edu http://www.ksl.stanford.edu/people/sam/Received on Wednesday, 17 December 2003 15:54:48 UTC

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