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Combining knowledge representation and reasoning formalisms is an important and challenging task. It is important because non-trivial AI applications often comprise different aspects of the world, thus requiring suitable combinations of available formalisms modeling each of these aspects. It is challenging because the computational behavior of the resulting(More)
We propose an action formalism that is based on description logics (DLs) and may be viewed as an instance of the Situation Calculus (SitCalc). In particular, description logic concepts can be used for describing the state of the world, and the preand post-conditions of actions. The main advantage of such a combination is that, on the one hand, the(More)
As fragments of first-order logic, Description logics (DLs) do not provide nonmonotonic features such as defeasible inheritance and default rules. Since many applications would benefit from the availability of such features, several families of nonmonotonic DLs have been developed that are mostly based on default logic and autoepistemic logic. In this(More)
We study the problem of deciding whether two ontologies are inseparable w.r.t. a signature Σ, i.e., whether they have the same consequences in the signature Σ. A special case is to decide whether an extension of an ontology is conservative. By varying the language in which ontologies are formulated and the query language that is used to describe(More)
In this paper, we introduce a new fragment of the first-order temporal language, called the monodic fragment, in which all formulas beginning with a temporal operator (Since or Until) have at most one free variable. We show that the satisfiability problem for monodic formulas in various linear time structures can be reduced to the satisfiability problem for(More)
We consider the problem of computing the logical difference between distinct versions of description logic terminologies. For the lightweight description logic EL, we present a tractable algorithm which, given two terminologies and a signature, outputs a set of concepts, which can be regarded as the logical difference between the two terminologies. As a(More)